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    A better way to fight climate change

    News, Jeffrey D Sachs, Published on 03/03/2013

    » Of all major world regions, Europe has worked the hardest to implement policies aimed at countering human-caused climate change. Yet the cornerstone of Europe's approach _ a continent-wide emissions trading system for the greenhouse gases that cause climate change _ is in trouble. That experience suggests a better strategy for both Europe and the rest of the world.

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    Floods and drought highlight summer of climate truth

    News, Jeffrey D Sachs, Published on 31/07/2012

    » For years, climate scientists have been warning the world that the heavy use of fossil fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas) threatens the world with human-induced climate change. The rising atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide, a byproduct of burning fossil fuels, would warm the planet and change rainfall and storm patterns and raise sea levels. Now those changes are hitting in every direction, even as powerful corporate lobbies and media propagandists like Rupert Murdoch try to deny the truth.

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    US climate stance a symptom of broken democracy

    News, Jeffrey D Sachs, Published on 02/06/2017

    » US President Donald Trump's ravings against the 2015 Paris climate agreement are partly a product of his ignorance and narcissism. Yet they represent something more. They are a reflection of the deep corruption of the US political system, which, according to one recent assessment, is no longer a "full democracy". American politics has become a game of powerful corporate interests: tax cuts for the rich, deregulation for mega-polluters, and war and global warming for the rest of the world.

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    Need for change clear as UN turns 70

    News, Jeffrey D Sachs, Published on 23/08/2015

    » The United Nations will mark its 70th anniversary when world leaders assemble next month at its headquarters in New York. Though there will be plenty of fanfare, it will inadequately reflect the UN’s value, not only as the most important political innovation of the 20th century, but also as the best bargain on the planet.

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    China takes over as new global leader

    News, Jeffrey D Sachs, Published on 29/11/2014

    » The biggest economic news of the year came almost without notice: China has overtaken the United States as the world's largest economy, according to the scorekeepers at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). And, while China's geopolitical status is rising rapidly, alongside its economic might, the US continues to squander its global leadership, owing to the unchecked greed of its political and economic elites and the self-made trap of perpetual war in the Middle East.

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    Ebola shows need for health rethink

    News, Jeffrey D Sachs, Published on 19/08/2014

    » The horrific Ebola epidemic in at least four West African countries (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria) demands not only an emergency response to halt the outbreak; it also calls for rethinking some basic assumptions of global public health.

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    Network would mobilise technology to save our planet

    News, Jeffrey D Sachs, Published on 28/08/2012

    » Great social change occurs in several ways. A technological breakthrough _ the steam engine, computers, the internet _ may play a leading role. Visionaries, such as Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr, and Nelson Mandela, may inspire a demand for justice. Political leaders may lead a broad reform movement, as with Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal.

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    Jim Kim is what World Bank needs

    News, Jeffrey D Sachs, Published on 30/03/2012

    » Last month, I called for the World Bank to be led by a global development leader rather than a banker or political insider.

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    World suffering a sustainability crisis

    News, Jeffrey D Sachs, Published on 26/04/2012

    » The annual spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank have provided a window into two fundamental trends driving global politics and the world economy. Geopolitics is moving decisively away from a world dominated by Europe and the United States to one with many regional powers but no global leader. And a new era of economic instability is at hand, owing as much to physical limits to growth as to financial turmoil.

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