From Open Democracy, the seductions of denial: Why is the systematic refusal of evidence-based, reason-fuelled conclusions about human and natural realities - - from genocide and 9/11 to global warming - - so persistent? Watching the birth—and death—of an island: In the South Pacific, the crew of a yacht saw new land form right beneath their boat. International legal experts are discovering climate change law, and the Pacific island nation of Tuvalu is a case in point: The Polynesian archipelago is doomed to disappear beneath the ocean. Greenlanders are getting their place in the sun at last, but for how long? As the Arctic ice retreats, some communities find that a new way of life beckons. As the Arctic icecap melts, a strange international jousting match is unfolding over what was once a barren stretch of windswept snow.