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The Improving State of the World: Why We're Living Longer, Healthier, More Comfortable Lives on a Cleaner Planet Hardcover – January 19, 2007

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"This optimistic view of the impact of economic growth and technological change on human welfare is an antidote to the prophecies of an imminent age of gloom and doom." -Robert W. Fogel, Nobel Laureate in Economics

"Provocative, illuminating, sharp, and fact filled. Do you think that economic growth is a problem for the environment? Goklany will make you think again. Whether or not you're convinced by his arguments, you'll learn a ton from them." -Cass R. Sunstein, University of Chicago, author of Laws of Fear

"Goklany does an excellent job of refuting the global pessimists by documenting the dramatic improvements experienced in recent times by humankind, not only in the developed world, but worldwide. Goklany addresses a vast array of issues from the improving state of humanity's life expectancy to his examination of the promise and peril of bioengineered crops. The vast breadth of Goklany's inquiry is impressive, as is his exhaustive documentation." -Roger A. Sedjo, Resources for the Future

"A remarkable compendium of information at odds with the present fashionable pessimism, Goklany's The Improving State of the World, published by the Cato Institute, reveals that, contrary to popular belief, it is the poorest who are enjoying the most dramatic rise in living standards. Refuting a central premise of the modern green movement, it also demonstrates that as countries become richer, they also become cleaner, healthier and more environmentally conscious." -Allister Heath, The Spectator, read the full review

"In a book to be published next month entitled The Improving State of the World, Indur Goklany, of the Cato Institute, argues that the world's state is, well, improving. He produces figures to demonstrate that chronic undernourishment has gone down in the past 50 years, we are living longer, we are healthier, the basic necessities of life are cheaper, literacy has gone up and so has educational attainment, economic freedom has increased and a larger proportion of mankind than ever enjoys political freedom." -Daniel Finkelstein, The Times, read the full article

About the Author

Indur M. Goklany has worked with federal and state governments, think tanks and the private sector for over 30 years, and written extensively on globalization and environmental issues including sustainable development, technological change, food and health. He has represented the United States at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and in the negotiations that established the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. He was chief of the Technical Assessment Division of the National Commission on Air Quality and a consultant to the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Policy, Planning, and Evaluation. He is the author of The Precautionary Principle and Clearing the Air: The Real Story of the War on Air Pollution.

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  • Item Weight : 1.86 pounds
  • Hardcover : 450 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9781930865990
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1930865990
  • Dimensions : 6.3 x 1.55 x 9.39 inches
  • ASIN : 1930865996
  • Publisher : Cato Institute (January 19, 2007)
  • Language: : English
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