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Given concerns about the current state of the global economy and not-so-great
prospects for recovery in the short run, it is important not to lose sight of key issues for the longer term. One major issue that may be suffering is the push to deal with important environmental concerns, such as CO2 emissions and greenhouse gases, that will affect economic and societal performance in the next few decades. Through some simple scenarios, this month’s issue explores how efforts to achieve sustainable growth that is both economically and politically viable will require a transfer of technological innovation and greater international cooperation.