Volume 6, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


This report of some 180 pages is the result of the discussions of a Study Group on Climate and Economic Development in the Tropics set up in 1953 by the Council on Foreign Relations and composed of men representing a great variety of skills and interests. The object was to examine the direct and indirect effects of climate on productivity in the tropics. The book concerns itself almost exclusively with the wet tropics with their jungles, malaria and high humidities; it would have achieved a better balance had a chapter been devoted to the latent potentialities of the vast semiarid regions. The role of climate is explored in relation to crop production, animal husbandry, industry and human efficiency, and the known methods of overcoming obstacles to progress in underdeveloped lands are carefully weighed, from the applications of genetics and disease prevention to nuclear power and social measures.


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