Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet
In Common Wealth, Jeffrey D. Sachs-one of the world's most respected economists and the author of The New York Times bestseller The End of Poverty- offers an urgent assessment of the environmental degradation, rapid population growth, and extreme poverty that threaten global peace and prosperity. Through crystalline examination of hard facts, Sachs predicts the cascade of crises that awaits this crowded planet-and presents a program of sustainable development and international cooperation that will correct this dangerous course. Few luminaries anywhere on the planet are as schooled in this daunting subject as Sachs, and this is the vital product of his experience and wisdom.
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D RAWING FROM HIS UNEXCELLED EXPERIENCE and knowledge, Jeffrey D.
Sachs has written a state of the world report of ... The evidence is compelling: we
need toredesign our socialandeconomic policies beforewe wreck this planet.
The last dominant characteristic of our time, and a major threat for the future, is
the fact that the convergence club is not yet complete. There are still large
regions of the world, with roughly one billion people, that have not unleashed
marketbased incentive for inventors to develop intellectual property in the first
place, and this is the main reason for a patent system. In essence, the patent
holder gets to charge monopoly prices during the life of the patent. Tomitigatethe
This is the approach that Europe followed under its 1994 Sulphur Emissions
Reduction Protocol. The protocol specifies that by 2004all major combustion
sources should reach specified emissions limits. Thetreaty alsosays that the
parties “may ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ritaer - LibraryThing
Couldn't read it when I realized that he has the standard economist's answer to shortages of vital materials--we will find substitutes. Really? a substitute of water? for oil? Read full review
COMMON WEALTH: Economics for a Crowded PlanetUser Review - Kirkus
Economist Sachs (Earth Institute/Columbia Univ.; The End of Poverty, 2005, etc.) limns social, environmental and economic forces that are reshaping the planet—for better or worse remains to be seen ... Read full review