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International development experts share their ideas on how wealthy countries can promote prosperity in developing countries. Follow at

May 29, 2013

It’s human nature to focus first on what’s immediately in front of us. That’s usually a good thing: it keeps us from tripping. But this tendency toward myopia also has huge risks, especially when it drives national and international policy agendas. Just compare the alacrity with which the G-20 responded to the 2007–08 global financial crisis to the international foot dragging on climate change, despite scientists’ warning that Earth is headed for a scorching 4 degree Celsius increase in the average global temperature by the end of the century. Myopia indeed.

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