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Max Roser

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Max Roser is an economist, philosopher, and media critic who focusses on large global problems such as poverty, disease, hunger, climate change, war, existential risks, and inequality. He is currently a research director in economics at the University of Oxford.
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By D.A. Henderson - Smallpox
The Death of a Disease (1st Edition)
D.A. Henderson - Jun 01, 2009
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For more than 3000 years, hundreds of millions of people have died or been left permanently scarred or blind by the relentless, incurable disease called smallpox. In 1967, Dr. D.A. Henderson became director of a worldwide campaign to eliminate this disease from the face of the earth.This spellbinding book is Dr. Henderson’s personal story of how he...
Max Roser
Dec 16, 2020
@TimHarford @jasoncrawford wrote this very good essay about it On Our World in Data we have an entire entry (it's mostly focusing on the data though) Henderson's 'Smallpox: The Death of a Disease' is a good book.     source
The Precipice
Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity
Toby Ord - Mar 24, 2020
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This urgent and eye-opening book makes the case that protecting humanity's future is the central challenge of our time. If all goes well, human history is just beginning. Our species could survive for billions of years - enough time to end disease, poverty, and injustice, and to flourish in ways unimaginable today. But this vast future is at risk...
Max Roser
Dec 01, 2020
The world can have a very good future, but there are risks that can mean that we don't have a future at all. We should be thinking about those risks now. Toby Ord's book is about those risks and I very, very much recommend it.     source
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The Economics of Poverty
Martin Ravallion - Jan 06, 2016
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There are fewer people living in extreme poverty in the world today than 30 years ago. While that is an achievement, continuing progress for poor people is far from assured. Inequalities in access to key resources threaten to stall growth and poverty reduction in many places. The world's poorest have made only a small absolute gain over those 30 ye...
Max Roser
Jan 28, 2020
@CalumDavey @bill_easterly @jasonhickel Historians study the history of global poverty and prosperity for a much longer time than the 80s. A great book on poverty over the long-run is Ravallion – The Economics of Poverty Or in more regional detail see @pseudoerasmus list of research     source
Seeds of Science
Why We Got It So Wrong On GMOs
Mark Lynas - Jun 26, 2018
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Mark Lynas was one of the original GM field wreckers. Back in the 1990s--working undercover with his colleagues in the environmental movement--he would descend on trial sites of genetically modified crops at night and hack them to pieces. Two decades later, most people around the world--from New York to China--still think that 'GMO' foods are bad f...
Max Roser
Dec 13, 2018
This year I was very impressed by @mark_lynas book 'Seeds of Science’ [ I recommend it If you are in favor of GMOs. And if you are against GMOs. It’s so very good because he always tries to find the strongest arguments against his view.     source