Climate Change and Environment


"New Politics for Clean Energy," Project Syndicate, April 27, 2016 

"The big difference between Clinton and Sanders," CNN, March 9, 2016 


"Jeffrey D. Sachs on How to Forge a Grand Bargain on Energy," The Wall Street Journal, December 31, 2015

"From Good Intentions to Deep Decarbonization," with Guido Schmidt-Traub and Jim Williams, Project Syndicate, December 4, 2015

 "The Clean-Energy Moonshot," Project Syndicate, October 6, 2015 

 "The Data Revolution for Sustainable Development," Shaida Badiee, Robert Chen and Enrico Giovannini, Project Syndicate, September 18, 2015 

"The G-7 Embraces Decarbonization," Project Syndicate, June 10, 2015

"Climate Change and the Catholic Church," Project Syndicate, May 3, 2015.

"ExxonMobil’s Dangerous Business Strategy," Project Syndicate, April 17, 2015.

"Why the Sustainable Development Goals Matter," Project Syndicate, March 30, 2015.

"By separating nature from economics, we have walked blindly into tragedy," The Guardian, March 10, 2015.

"No Hiding From Sustainable Development," Project Syndicate, March 3, 2015.

"The real climate battle after a sweltering 2014," Financial Times, January 18, 2015.


"The Year of Sustainable Development," Project Syndicate, December 9, 2014.

"The climate breakthrough in Beijing gives the world a fighting chance," Financial Times, November 12, 2014. Download [PDF here]


"Sustainable Development Goals for a New Era," HORIZONS, September 22, 2014. Download [PDF here]

"The 'Wall Street Journal' Parade of Climate Lies," Huffington Post, September 6, 2014. [PDF here]

"The G20, human health and sustainability: an interview with Jeffrey D Sachs," Medical Journal of Australia, August 2014. Download [PDF here]

"How to decarbonise the global economy," Financial Times, July 8, 2014. [Download PDF here]

"The Limits of Climate Negotiations," Project Syndicate, June 23, 2014. Download as [PDF]

"The EPA Is Right and US Chamber of Commerce Is Wrong on Climate Change," Huffington Post, June 16, 2014. Download as [PDF]

"Interview with UNCCD News," UNCCD News, June 9, 2014. Download as [PDF]

"Kudos to the White House and EPA on the New Climate Regulations," Huffington Post, June 3, 2014. Download as [PDF]

"Our Last Chance for a Safe Planet," Project Syndicate, May 28, 2014. Download as [PDF]

"How the AEI Distorts the Climate Debate," Huffington Post, February 8, 2014. Download as [PDF]

"Keystone: The Pipeline to Disaster," Huffington Post, February 3, 2014. Download as [PDF]

"Europe still sets the standard for a low-carbon future", Financial Times, January 28, 2014. Download [PDF here]

"The challenge of deep decarbonisation," The Gulf News, January 22, 2014. Download as [PDF]

"The Case for Aid," Foreign Policy, January 21, 2014. Download as [PDF]


"The Age of Sustainable Development," Project Syndicate, December 23, 2013. Download as [PDF]

"Cities and Sustainable Development," Project Syndicate, November 25, 2013. Download as [PDF]

"A few more storms like Typhoon Haiyan may finally make our leaders act on climate change," Washington Post, November 15, 2013. Download as [PDF]

"We risk more Haiyans if we ignore climate change," Financial Times, November 15, 2013. [Download as PDF]

"The End of Poverty, Soon," New York Times, September 25, 2013. Download as [PDF]

"High stakes at the UN on the Sustainable Development Goals," The Lancet, September 19, 2013. Download as [PDF]

"New United Nations initiative on sustainable development comes to campus," Columbia Spectator, September 17, 2013. Download as [PDF]

"Global Development’s Winning Goals," Project Syndicate, August 27, 2013. Download as [PDF]

"A General Equilibrium Model for Analyzing African Rural Subsistence Economies and an African Green Revolution," with John W. McArthur, Brookings Africa Growth Initiative Working Paper 12, June 2013. Download as [PDF]

"Q&A: Jeffrey Sachs on the world's post-MDG future," SciDev.Net, June 12, 2013. Download as [PDF]

"Sustainable Visions," Project Syndicate, June 7, 2013. Download as [PDF]

"Paths to Sustainable Power," Project Syndicate, March 28, 2013. Download as [PDF]

"A Better Way to Fight Climate Change," Project Syndicate, February 28, 2013. Download as [PDF]

"America’s New Progressive Era?" Project Syndicate, January 31, 2013. Download as [PDF]

"Writing the Future," Project Syndicate, January 24, 2013. Download as [PDF]


 "Polluters Must Pay," Project Syndicate, November 26, 2012. Download as [PDF]

"Obama Has Four Years to Fix the Economy," Financial Times, November 11, 2012. [Download as PDF]

"Attention, Mr. President: No Politics, Just Our Solutions — Saving the Climate," Parade, November 4, 2012. Download as [PDF]

"A Global Solutions Network," Project Syndicate, August 22, 2012. Download as [PDF]

"Green Growth and Equity in the Context of Climate Change: Some Considerations," with Shiv Someshwar. ADBI Working Paper Series 371, July 2012. Download as [PDF]

"Our Summer of Climate Truth," Project Syndicate, July 27, 2012. Download as [PDF]

"A Rio Report Card," Project Syndicate, June 18, 2012. Download as [PDF]

"From Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals," The Lancet, June 9, 2012. Download as [PDF]

"The future of development goals," in the Commonwealth Ministers Reference Book 2012[Download as PDF]

"A World Adrift," Project Syndicate, 22 April 2012. [Download as PDF]

"Sustainable Humanity," Project Syndicate, January 31, 2012. [Download as PDF]


"Effective monitoring of agriculture: a response," Journal of Environmental Monitoring, December 20, 2011. [Download as PDF]

"What sort of world awaits the seven billionth person?" Irish Times, October 28, 2011. [Download as PDF]

"The Murdoch Legacy," Huffington Post, October 10, 2011. [Download as PDF]

"In the Front Line," Our Planet, September 2011. [Download as PDF]

"Famine and Hope in the Horn of Africa." Project Syndicate. July 31, 2011. [Download as PDF]

"Ban Ki-moon and the Age of Sustainable Development," Project Syndicate, June 24, 2011. [Download as PDF]

"Need Versus Greed," Project Syndicate, February 28, 2011. [Download as PDF]


"Fighting for Survival: Sustainability in the Gulf" with Irwin Redlener, M.D. The Huffington Post. November 1, 2010. [Download as PDF]

"A New Path to a Low-Carbon Economy," Project Syndicate, October 27, 2010. [Download as PDF]

"Growth in a Buddhist Economy," Project Syndicate, August 25, 2010. [Download as PDF]

"Making Sense of the Climate Impasse," Huffington Post, August 2, 2010. [Download as PDF]

"Monitoring the world's agriculture," with Roseline Remans et al., Nature, July 29, 2010. [Download as PDF]


"Hold the rich nations to their word," Financial Times, 16 December 2009. [Download as PDF]

"End the Politics -- Let Scientists and Engineers Lead," Huffington Post, 3 December 2009. [Download as PDF]

"Enough posturing politics. Time to let the experts lead." The Guardian. 2 December 2009. [Download as PDF]

"Transgressing Planetary Boundaries," Scientific American, December 2009. [Download as PDF]

"A Clunker of a Climate Policy." Scientific American. November 2009. [Download as PDF]

"It's too late to seal a global climate deal. But we need action, not Kyoto II." The Guardian. 30 September 2009.

"Biodivesity Conservation and the Millennium Development Goals." with Jonathan E. M. Baillie, William J. Sutherland, Paul R. Armsworth, Neville Ash, John Beddington, Tim M. Blackburn, Ben Collen, Barry Gardiner, Kevin J. Gaston, H. Charles J. Godfray, Rhys E. Green, Paul H. Harvey, Brett House, Sandra Knapp, Noëlle F. Kümpel, David W. Macdonald, Georgina M. Mace, James Mallet, Adam Matthews, Robert M. May, Owen Petchey, Andy Purvis, Dilys Roe, Kamran Safi , Kerry Turner, Matt Walpole, Robert Watson, Kate E. Jones. Science. 18 September 2009. [Download as PDF]

"Digital Soil Map of the World." with Pedro A. Sanchez, Sonya Ahamed, Florence Carré, Alfred E. Hartemink, Jonathan Hempel, Jeroen Huising, Philippe Lagacherie, Alex B. McBratney, Neil J. McKenzie, Maria de Lourdes Mendonça-Santos, Budiman Minasny, Luca Montanarella, Peter Okoth, Cheryl A. Palm, Keith D. Shepherd, Tor-Gunnar Vågen, Bernard Vanlauwe, Markus G. Walsh, Leigh A. Winowiecki, Gan-Lin Zhang. Science. 7 August 2009.

"Still Needed: A Climate Plan." Scientific American. July 2009.

"Putting a Price on Carbon: An Emissions Cap or a Tax?" Yale Environment 360. 7 May 2009. [Download as PDF]

"Transforming the Auto Industry." Scientific American. February 2009. [Download as PDF]

"An Industrial Policy for Climate Change." McKinsey Quarterly. 23 February 2009. [Download as PDF]

"Eight Principles for a Global Agreement on Climate Change." COP15 UN Climate Change Change Conference Blog. 28 January 2009. [Download as PDF]


Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet, Penguin Press, 2008.

"Looking after the Future." Scientific American. November 2008.

"Better Cities, Better Life: Challenges for Shanghai." Shanghai Daily. 12 November 2008. [Download as PDF]

"Coping with a Persistent Oil Crisis." Scientific American. October 2008.

"Amid the rubble of global finance, a blueprint for Bretton Woods II." The Guardian. 21 October 2008. [Download as PDF]

"The Specter of Malthus Returns." Scientific American. September 2008.

"Using Carbon Taxes to Pay for Development." Financial Times. 24 September 2008. [Download as PDF]

"Land, Water and Conflict." Newsweek. July 2008. [Download as PDF]

"Climate Change: feed it and weep, or lead and reap." Sydney Morning Herald. 25 July 2008. [Download as PDF]

"A User's Guide to the Century." The National Interest. 2 July 2008. [Download as PDF]

"Less talk, more action needed." The Guardian. 25 June 2008.

"Stagflation is Back. Here's How to Beat It." Fortune. 9 June 2008.

"We Need a Power Surge." Time Magazine. 29 May 2008. [Download as PDF]

"Technological Keys to Climate Protection." Scientific American. March 2008. [Download as PDF]

Slate Book Club on Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet. [Download as PDF]

"Common Wealth." TIME Magazine. March 2008. [Download as PDF]

Bien Común.”  Centro de Investigación Social, Un Techo Para Chile.  Año 7, No. 12.  Segundo Semestre 2008.  Santiago, Chile, translated from “Common Wealth” TIME Magazine, March 2008.

"Climate Change after Bali." Scientific American. February 2008. [Download as PDF]


"Meaningful Goals for Climate Talks." Scientific American. December 2007. [Download as PDF]

"Climate Change and the Law." Scientific American. November 2007. [Download as PDF]

The African Millennium Villages,” with Pedro Sanchez, Cheryl Palm, Glenn Denning, Rafael Flor, Rebbie Harawa, Bashir Jama, Tsegazeab Kiflemariam, Bronwen Konecky, Raffaela Kozar, Eliud Lelerai, Alia Malik, Vijay Modi, Patrick Mutuo, Amadou Niang, Herine Okoth, Frank Place, Sonia Ehrlich Sachs, Amir Said, David Siriri, Awash Teklehaimanot, Karen Wang, Justine Wangila, and Colleen Zamba. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Special Feature: Sustainability Science, 104 , no. 43 (October, 23 2007): 1677580.

"Making Development Less Risky." Scientific American. August 2007. [Download as PDF]

"The Promise of the Blue Revolution." Scientific American. July 2007.
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"The Secretary-General: Indispensable for Sustainable Development." UN Chronicle. Issue 1, 2007.
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"Climate Change Refugees." Scientific American. June 2007.
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"How I'd fix the World Bank." Fortune. 26 June 2007.
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"The Road to Clean Energy Starts Here." Scientific American. May 2007.
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"A Climate For Change." TIME Magazine. 8 March 2007.

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"Moving Beyond Kyoto." Scientifc American. February 2007.
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"The Challenge of Sustainable Water." Scientific American. December 2006.
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"Fiddling While the Planet Burns." Scientific American. October 2006.
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"Does Conservation Matter to the Poor?" Nature Conservancy Magazine. Summer 2006. 
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"Ecology and Political Upheaval." Scientific American. July 2006.
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"Pay for it Now, or Pay for it Later." The Globe and Mail. 19 June 2006.
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"The New Geopolitics." Scientific American. June 2006.
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"Investments Toward Sustainable Development," with Walter V. Reid. Science, Vol. 312. 19 May 2006.
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"A Robust Strategy for Sustainable Energy," with Klaus Lackner. Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Issue 2. 2005.
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2005 U.N. World Summit Blog, Financial Times (online),  September 12-16, 2005.
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"What the President Doesn't Want to Hear," Esquire, February 2005.
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"The Class System of Catastrophe," Time, January 10, 2005.
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“We Can End World Hunger: Here’s How,” with Pedro Sanchez, World Ark, November/ December 2004.
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"Mother of All Headaches," Review of The End of Oil and Energy at the CrossroadsOnEarth Magazine, Summer 2004.
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"Seeking a Global Solution: The Copenhagen Consensus neglects the need to tackle climate change," Nature, August 12, 2004.
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"Une révolution verte pour l'Afrique," with Pedro Sanchez, Le Monde, August 10, 2004.
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"Sustainable Development," Science, April 30 2004.
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"Getting Through the Bottleneck," Our Planet: The Magazine of the UNEP, Vol. 13 No 4. (2003 Issue: Globalization, Poverty, Trade, and the Environment)  [Download as PDF]

"The Strategic Significance of Global Inequality," (reprint) Environmental Change and Security Project Report, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Issue 9, 2003.
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"America's disastrous energy plan,"Financial Times, December 23, 2003
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"Institutions Don't Rule: Direct Effects of Geography on Per Capita Income," NBER Working Paper 9490, January 2003.
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(Note: results differ slightly from NBER version due to updated malaria data)


"Compensation for 'Meaningful Participation' in Climate Change Control: A Modest Proposal and Empirical Analysis" with T. Panayotou and A. Peterson Zwane, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management,  43, pp. 437-454, 2002.
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"The Essential Ingredient," New Scientist, August 17, 2002. [Download as PDF]

"How to save the world in Johannesburg," Financial Times, August 13, 2002
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"Reducing the Vulnerability to Natural Disasters: Hurricane Mitch and Central America," with Juan Carlos Barahona, Eduardo Doryan and Felipe B. Larrain Economic Development in Central America, Vol. II: Structural Reform edited by Felipe B. Larrain.  Harvard University Press, 2001.
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"Is the Environmental Kuznets Curve Driven by Structural Change? What Extended Time Series May Imply for Developing Countries" with Theo Panayotou and Alix Peterson. CAER II No. 80, 2000.
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"Climate, Coastal Proximity, and Development," with Andrew Mellinger and John Gallup in Oxford Handbook of Economic Geography, edited by Gordon L. Clark, Maryann P. Feldman, and Meric S. Gertler, Oxford University Press, 2000.
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(Previously "Climate, Water Navigability, and Economic Development," with Andrew Mellinger and John Gallup, CID Working Paper No. 24, September 1999. [PDF])

"Natural Resource Abundance and Economic Growth," with Andrew Warner, Leading Issues in Economic Development, Oxford University Press, 2000.
Reprinted in Spanish as "Recursos Naturales y Desarollo Economico" in Mineria y Desarollo, Gustavo Lagos (ed.), Foro en Economia de Minerales, Vol. 3, 2005.
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"Agriculture, Climate, and Technology: Why are the Tropics Falling Behind?" with John Luke Gallup, American Journal of Agricultural Economics.  Vol. 82, pp. 731-777, August 2000.
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"Developing Countries and the Control of Climate Change: A Theoretical Perspective and Policy Implications," with Theodore Panayotou and Alix Peterson. HIID CAER II Discussion Paper No. 44, November 1999. [Download as PDF]

"Developing Countries and the Control of Climate Change: Empirical Evidence" with Theo Panayotou and Alix Peterson, CAER II Discussion Paper No. 45, August 1999. CC [Download paper as PDF]

"Developing Countries and the Control of Climate Change: A Theoretical Perspective and Policy Implications," with Theo Panayotou and Alix Peterson, prepared for UNAID/CAER II, CAER II Discussion Paper No. 44, August 1999. [Download paper as PDF]