Review of The Age of Sustainable Development

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9 Overall

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9 Innovation

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Renowned professor, economist, director of the Earth Institute, United Nations adviser and best-selling author Jeffrey Sachs pulls off the near impossible. He offers an informative, accessible major tome – more than 500 pages’ worth – that provides an overview of the fundamental environmental problem facing the world: how to develop industry, agriculture, health, cities, population growth and energy use in ways that will keep the Earth healthy. Sachs outlines methods for reducing the harm being generated by overdevelopment, overpopulation, unrestrained greenhouse gas emissions, expanding urbanism, “urban-rural inequality,” lack of education, lack of health care and suppression of biodiversity. His opus walks a tightrope between being a well-balanced textbook that students will welcome for the next decade and serving as a rich, multileveled policy or briefing book – complete with excellent graphics to aid understanding. getAbstract recommends this astonishing, groundbreaking, far-reaching overview to students, professors, policy makers both public and private, and anyone seeking an accurate depiction of the likely future of Earth.

About the Author

Jeffrey Sachs is a professor at Columbia University, director of the Earth Institute, an economist and a syndicated columnist. He is also the author of The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity, The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time and Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet. Sachs was an adviser to former UN secretary general Kofi Annan and is currently an adviser to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who wrote the foreword to this book.


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