From Newsweek, an article on the Global Warming Deniers: A Well Funded Machine. From Mother Jones, Mad Scientists vs. Global Warming: James K. Galbraith on understanding climate economics; and can technology fix global warming? Scientists are starting to pitch some pretty far-out ideas. Green Fakers: A look at why eco-hypocrisy matters. The ethics of flying to serve the greater good: In the wake of Live Earth, is an airplane better than an SUV? Walking does more than driving to cause global warming, a leading environmentalist has calculated. Food That Travels Well: Why imported produce may be better for the earth than local. From Orion, Planet Protectors: The campaign for global security needs you. Our Intangible Riches: An interview with World Bank economist Kirk Hamilton on the planet's real wealth. A review of Lights Out: The Electricity Crisis, The Global Economy and What It Means to You by Jason Makansi.
If the world makes it through the current market turmoil all right, we can thank the globalization of finance — and the hedge funds that enable it. Brad DeLong on Fear of Finance. From The Economist, in praise of usury: Ignore credit snobs. It is no sin to profit from lending to the poor. The Loan Comes Due: Only two months ago, it seemed as if almost any company could borrow money at low interest rates. Now loans seem to be drying up everywhere (and a graphic on Housing Busts and Hedge Fund Meltdowns). What’s a Fed Chairman to Do? Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke must walk the fine line between creating a bubble and risking a slowdown. Brookings scholars and budget experts describe ways to reduce the deficit by cutting spending and raising revenues. From TNR, a look at why the corporate-tax loophole must be closed.
An interview with Carol Fishman Cohen, co-author of Back on the Career Track: A Guide for Stay-At-Home Moms Who Want to Return to Work. A review of Off-Ramps and On-Ramps: Keeping Talented Women on the Road to Success by Sylvia Ann Hewlett. A review of The Fortune Hunters: Dazzling Women and the Men They Married by Charlotte Hays. 'Til Tech Do Us Part: Joint bank account? Check. Merging the MP3 collection? Hold on a minute. Couples are struggling with just how much to combine the digital aspects of their lives. Why spouses are bickering over shared email accounts and his-and-hers blogs. Boys' birthrate advantage is slipping: Most expectant parents figure their chances of having a baby boy vs. a baby girl are 50-50, but that's actually not the case. Now you can track your kids by GPS: Tim Dowling believes firmly in exposing children to as much risk as they can handle, even when it is more risk than he can handle.