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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PARIS] Rapid technological progress has made the elimination of worldwide poverty by 2030 a realistic goal for the post-2015 development agenda, but the challenge now is how best to use these advances, which can also harm sustainable development, says a report by a UN-backed science network. Addressing this challenge must be a central question guiding [...]

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By Juliet S. Sorensen 2:52 p.m. CDT, June 10, 2013 As director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General, Jeffrey Sachs has devoted his considerable intellect and energy to global development. It was in this capacity, he writes, that he came across John F. Kennedy’s commencement address at [...]

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Jeffrey D. Sachs: Extreme poverty, in essence, means a daily struggle for survival.  A billion or so people remain trapped in extreme poverty, lacking adequate household incomes, food security, education, basic infrastructure, and access to health care, and safety from natural hazards.  Getting out of extreme poverty requires investments, in businesses, human capital (skills, health, nutrition), and [...]

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What was the reaction to your appearance? An outpouring of emails and notes to me saying you’re right, right on, including from inside Wall Street. People recounting stories, people saying that they were happy to hear it because it was what they had observed as well. Actually (chuckles), no push back, strangely enough. I didn’t [...]

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