Jeffrey D. Sachs

Jeffrey D. Sachs

Jeffrey D. Sachs is the Director of The Earth Institute, Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals, having held the same position under former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He is Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. He is co-founder and Chief Strategist of Millennium Promise Alliance, and is director of the Millennium Villages Project. A recent survey by The Economist Magazine ranked Professor Sachs as among the world’s three most influential living economists of the past decade. Sachs is the author, most recently, of The Age of Sustainable Development," 2015 with Ban Ki-moon.

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"Unlike many macroeconomists," writes Sachs, most Americans know "there is more to life than a short-run increase in GDP growth or decline in the unemployment rate." Views
Thursday, May 16, 2019
America's Illusions of Growth
National politics in the United States has become enslaved to macroeconomic indicators that have little bearing on true wellbeing. For many commentators, the snapshot growth rate of 3.2% for the first quarter of 2019, coupled with a decline in the unemployment rate to 3.6% in April, implies that...
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The most important step to climate safety is a shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy, especially wind, solar, hydro, geothermal and bio. (Photo: Harris County Fire Marshal's Office) Views
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Oil and Gas Industry Has Way Too Much Control Over Congress
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...
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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. (Photo: Arnulf Stoffel/picture alliance via Getty Images) Views
Monday, April 15, 2019
Our Zero Emission Future
The solution to human-induced climate change is finally in clear view. Thanks to rapid advances in zero-carbon energy technologies, and in sustainable food systems, the world can realistically end greenhouse-gas emissions by mid-century at little or no incremental cost, and with decisive benefits...
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 The media needs to go beyond covering Trump’s mood of the day to covering his mental instability. (Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
The Trump Contagion
Mental health professionals and others have been trying to warn the public about the dangers of US President Donald Trump since his election . Trump’s extreme narcissism, sadism, lack of empathy, and admiration for despots are on daily display . Some may wish to see him as a self-absorbed clown,...
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 If properly structured, MFA can do that: cut costs while improving choice. (Photo: Rep. Eliot Engel/Twitter) Views
Monday, March 04, 2019
The Medicare for All Bill Is a Winner
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...
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Tuesday, February 26, 2019
How to Avoid a War in Venezuela
One month after Juan Guaidó, the speaker of Venezuela’s National Assembly, said he was assuming the powers of the Venezuelan presidency, currently held by Nicolás Maduro, the country’s political crisis remains far from over. Tensions have escalated to the point that a full-blown civil war—a...
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WE NEED A GREEN NEW DEAL Views
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Green New Deal Is Feasible and Affordable
There are three main ideas of the Green New Deal Resolu tion introduced by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey. The first is to decarbonize the US energy system -- that is, to end the emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) from burning coal, oil and natural gas, in order to stop...
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These US interventions, both direct and indirect, have resulted in dozens of regime changes over the course of more than a century. (Photo: Edilzon Gamez/Getty Images) Views
Monday, January 28, 2019
Here's How Venezuela Can Achieve a Peaceful Resolution to the Crisis
Events in Venezuela may be heading toward a catastrophic conflict. Venezuelan society is deeply divided between President Nicolas Maduro and his supporters, backed by the military, versus an opposition led by self-declared president, Juan Guaido , leader of the National Assembly. According to a...
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The key to Middle East peace is for Turks, Iranians, Arabs, and Jews to coexist. (Photo: DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, January 03, 2019
US Withdrawal From Syria a Chance for Peace
President Donald Trump’s announced withdrawal of US forces from Syria has met with near-universal condemnation by Democrats and Republicans alike. That says less about Trump than it does about the US foreign policy establishment’s blinkered vision. The mainstream of both political parties exhibits...
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The transition to renewable energy can be greatly accelerated if the world’s governments finally bring the engineers to the fore. (Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
For Climate Safety, Call in the Engineers
At the recent United Nations Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland, diplomats delivered a "rulebook" to guide all countries in combating global warming. When world leaders convene at the UN next September to advance climate safety further, the world’s leading engineers should greet them...
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