Delhi’s “catastrophic” air pollution has made it an “unliveable city” and a “lack of clarity in government strategy” is to blame for bad air and greenhouse emissions not being tackled effectively, Jeffrey Sachs, head of Columbia University’s Earth Institute in New York, said on Thursday. Read the full article in the Hindustan Times.

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The first Global Happiness Policy Report was launched at the Global Dialogue for Happiness Forum by Professor Jeffrey Sachs and Professor John Helliwell. A distillation of ideas and experiments around the world, the report is produced in parallel with the World Happiness Report, and is the World Happiness Council’s first effort to assemble global evidence [...]

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A two-day forum on sustainable development kicked off in Seoul on Wednesday, bringing together experts and international leaders to promote partnership among nations and organizations to accomplish the Sustainable Development Goals. Read more here.

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FOSSIL fuel divestment campaigners have again been gathering in Bradford calling on the council to ditch its fossil fuel investments. The call has come following New York City’s decision to do so and campaigners are asking Bradford Council to do likewise. New York City is understood to have announced earlier this month that it is [...]

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HENZHEN, China — Global sustainable development needs to be addressed through a multi-stakeholder approach, and philanthropists have an important role to play, according to Jeffrey D. Sachs, director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, during his presentation, “China’s Leadership in Global Sustainable Development,” at Peking University HSBC Business School in January 2018. Read the full article here.

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In 1950, the average African had almost twice as much income as the average Asian. At 63% of the world’s average, she wasn’t far behind the typical global citizen, either. By 2016, the opposite was true. The average Asian made close to 80% of the average global citizen, but the average African was relatively worse-off, [...]

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January 19th, 2018

A Fiscal Plan for Puerto Rico

Faced with physical and economic devastation, Puerto Rico now has a once-in-a-generation chance to rebuild its infrastructure and economic foundation. To succeed, decisive leadership is required on the island and in the US Congress. A new, far-reaching plan must be set to restore economic growth. Read the full open letter here.

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Green sustainable development has been on multiple discussions channels. Talks, seminars, workshops, you name it. However, financing it has not been thoroughly discussed. How do we finance sustainable green development? Is it profitable for companies who do so? Is the rate of return high enough to cover the cost of investing in green technologies? Read [...]

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Cryptocurrency chaos: Large price drops for Bitcoin, other digital currencies @JeffDSachs https://t.co/wogtLe8t3r — CNN Newsroom LA (@CNNNewsroomLA) January 19, 2018

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This has been a dizzying year for those anxious about climate change. On the policy front, President Trump has worked to unravel President Obama’s progress on climate, reversing two of his signature achievements first by withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement in June and then scrapping the Clean Power Plan in October. Read more here.

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