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Last month, Jeffrey D. Sachs criticised the so-called Copenhagen Consensus — a process under which a group of economists were asked to prioritise a list of solutions to global challenges — because of the absence of natural scientists and public health specialists in such decisions.

In a letter of response to Nature, Bjørn Lomborg, professor at the University of Aarhus, Denmark, and the driving force behind the process, responds to Sachs' comments and defends the dominance of economists at the meeting.

Lomborg claims that it is still important to set global priorities — for example, between battling global warming or communicable disease — and that this should be done by economists, not natural scientists.

Link to full letter in Nature

Reference: Nature 431, 17 (2004)