Jeffrey Sachs   ||   April 16, 2019   ||   CNN.com In October 1992, the United States Senate ratified the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the global treaty to stop human-induced global warming, which became enforceable two years later. Yet for the quarter century since then, the US Congress has failed to pass a single major piece of legislation to [...]

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April 15th, 2019

Our Zero-Emission Future

A low-cost shift to clean energy is now feasible for every region of the world, owing to the plummeting costs of solar and wind power, and breakthroughs in energy storage. The total system costs of renewable energy, including transmission and storage, are now roughly on par with fossil fuels. NEW YORK – The solution to [...]

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Sustainable development means the idea of economic development that is socially equitable and environmentally sustainable. It is the idea of combining three objectives: economic growth, social justice and environmental sustainability. I regard this challenge the biggest challenge all countries, including China and the US, face. Given China’s and America’s current challenge of sustainable development, both [...]

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March 25th, 2019

The Trump Contagion

Mar 25, 2019 JEFFREY D. SACHS , BANDY X. LEE, RUTH BEN-GHIAT US President Donald Trump’s growing rages may partly be the result of cognitive decline, suggested, for example, by his deteriorating ability to form complete sentences, use complex words, and maintain a coherent train of thought. What is certain is that Trump is putting the world at risk. [...]

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Each year the U.N Sustainable Development Solutions Network releases the The World Happiness Report. Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, a co-author of the report, joins Morning Joe to discuss where in the world is the happiest. Where does the US rank?

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NEW YORK – Don Quixote fought windmills. US President Donald Trump fights trade deficits. Both battles are absurd, but at least Quixote’s was tinged with idealism. Trump’s is drenched in enraged ignorance. Last week, it was announced that the US international deficit on goods and services had widened to $621 billion, despite Trump’s promise that tough trade [...]

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A recent Washington Post editorial and a letter by leading economists suggest that a carbon tax is the “best first-line policy.” The editorial argues that “a high-enough carbon price would shape millions of choices, small and large, about what to buy, how to invest and how to live that would result in substantial emissions cuts.” It sounds plausible, yet [...]

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(CNN) Rep. Pramila Jayapal introduced a sweeping Medicare for All (MFA) bill on Wednesday (H.R. 1384), and the national debate on healthcare is bound to intensify through the 2020 election. Voters rank healthcare costs as their second most important priority, just after the economy. The political fate of MFA will likely depend on one key question: Will [...]

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February 26th, 2019

How to Avoid a War in Venezuela

Feb 26, 2019 JEFFREY D. SACHS , FRANCISCO RODRÍGUEZ When the United States chose to recognize Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s president – along with a group of Latin American countries – and ban oil trade with the Maduro government, it was betting that the pressure would be sufficient to topple the regime quickly. So, now what? NEW YORK [...]

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