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Attention, Doomsayers: Global Quality of Life Is Improving

Wolfgang Kaehler, Corbis

Children attend an elementary school in Papua New Guinea.
March 27, 2011 Premium content for subscribers. Subscribe Today

In 1938, a biological expedition under Richard Archbold arrived in western New Guinea to survey the area by air. On June 23, after hours of flying over near-impenetrable jungle, Archbold's plane passed over the Grand Valley of the Baliem River. The...

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