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The Age of Sustainable Development
The Age of Sustainable Development
By Jeffrey D. Sachs
Columbia University Press, 2015, 544 pp.

Sachs offers an impressive panoramic view of how the world reached its current condition: prosperous by historical standards, but at the expense of extensive ecological damage and potentially adverse changes in the climate. The book makes use of material Sachs prepared for a massive global online course on sustainable development. It addresses the complicated challenge of assuring a continued rise in prosperity, particularly in the remaining poor parts of the world, while avoiding roadblocks such as the depletion of fresh water, extensive air and water pollution, the loss of biodiversity, and excessive climate change. It provides a clear and cogent nontechnical survey of the world’s major challenges beyond the preservation of peace and security.