Jeffrey D. Sachs, a Columbia economist and a longtime supporter of Mr. de Blasio’s, helped organize the Vatican conference. He said on Wednesday that Francis was “extremely excited about Mayor de Blasio coming.” “I’m thrilled that the mayor will present OneNYC, and the challenges and the approaches of New York City, to dozens of other mayors [...]

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By Ryuichi Otsuka / Yomiuri Shimbun Senior Writer Jeffrey Sachs, a U.S. economist and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, has published a new book titled “The Age of Sustainable Development” as part of his long-running commitment to exploring such worldwide problems as poverty and global warming. During a recent visit to Japan, [...]

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A leading economist offers a brilliant analysis of the worldwide need to balance economic development and environmental sustainability. Sustainable development is “the greatest, most complicated challenge humanity has ever faced,” writes Sachs (Sustainable Development, Health Policy and Management/Columbia Univ.; To Move the World: JFK’s Quest for Peace, 2013, etc.). In an important, comprehensive and remarkably accessible [...]

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Watch here. Jeffrey D. Sachs is the director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. He is also an economist and a special advisor to the UN Secretary-General Ban K-moon. Five years ago, in Copenhagen, member states failed to sign an agreement on limiting climate change. Jeffrey Sachs tells Marc Perelman that the UN Climate [...]

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The spot where the Soviet Union blew up its first atomic bomb is an expansive, gently rolling part of the steppe in northeastern Kazakhstan. Between 1949 and 1989, the Soviet Union conducted more than 450 nuclear tests, over 100 of which were atmospheric, meaning the device was detonated on the ground or in the air. [...]

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It’s an age-old question: why are some countries richer than others? And why are some countries still mired in poverty while the United States and Europe struggle with “first-world problems”? For decades, economists have pointed to the impact of political institutions and culture on countries’ economic development. Farther down the development road, the choices our [...]

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Over the long course of human history, no infectious disease killed more people than malaria. Called the “mother of fevers” by the ancient Chinese, malaria has plagued us since we evolved from apes and it once affected the better part of the globe. By the turn of the twentieth century, thanks to a combination of [...]

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By Tom Paulson It is probably not an exaggeration to say that Columbia University economist Jeff Sachs has done as much as anyone over the past few decades to draw public, and policy maker, attention to the plight of those who live in extreme poverty around the world. Sachs literally wrote the book on how [...]

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SÃO PAULO e BOSTON “Era de manhã, e ele voltou para o seu quarto na Casa Branca e começou a chorar, somente comigo…colocou a cabeça entre as mãos e soluçou”. As palavras são de Jacqueline Kennedy ao se recordar como o marido, o então presidente americano John Fitzgerald Kennedy, reagiu ao desastre da Baía dos [...]

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By John Maurice Efforts to meet the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals have reduced poverty and hunger. A new set of goals to complete the work is about to be unveiled. John Maurice reports. Poverty has stalked the world throughout the ages, bearing out the Bible’s ominous pronouncement that “there will always be poor [...]

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