From The Atlantic Monthly, to environmentalists, clean coal is an insulting oxymoron, but because coal so dominates the world economy, any meaningful effort to arrest climate change will require using dirty coal in more-sustainable ways (and a response and a reply); and Freeman Dyson is one of the world's foremost global-warming skeptics — how could someone as smart be so wrong about the environment? Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) says we don't have to worry about the effects of global warming, because in the Bible God promises not to destroy the world again after Noah's flood. Tired of arguing with climate change deniers in 140 character quips, Nigel Leck wrote a script to do it for him. Climate scientists plan campaign against global-warming skeptics. Can social scientists ease the nation's rift over climate change? The science of climate change: An interview with climatologist Michael E. Mann. It's hard to finally give up the hope that the U.S. might do something sensible about climate change, but it is time for humanity to start thinking seriously about how we will cope with a climate very different than the one we became top-dog in. A review of The Climate Fix: What Scientists and Politicians Won’t Tell You About Global Warming by Roger Pielke Jr. Some policy experts are proposing a novel approach to curbing global warming: including greenhouse gases under the existing and highly successful Montreal Protocol, ratified more than 20 years ago. What should climate hawks do next? Fight for free birth control. Climate change won't end the world — just certain real estate markets. A review of Climate Change and Social Justice. A look at why climate change is a result of inequality. From Solutions, an article on the economics of 350. Global warming and anthropology: Melting glaciers yield evidence on new theories of Asian migration to the Americas.
A new issue of Preservation is out. John C. Yoo (UC-Berkeley): George Washington and Executive Power. Joseph Karl Grant (Capital): What Can We Learn From The 2010 BP Oil Spill? Five Important Corporate Law and Life Lessons. The introduction to Thinking about Leadership by Nannerl O. Keohane. From The Guardian, in these economically and politically tricky times we need history's long look more than ever; the teaching of history provides much more than the practical skills which underpin the study of politics and society, it also gives children a vital understanding of their place in the world; and Simon Schama and Antony Beevor are right that learning history is necessary, but what events should every schoolchild learn about? The Russian magazine Snob hits American newsstands. From Wishtank Edu, a look at 40 artists to change your life. The Battle of Rio: With the 2016 Olympics looming, the city’s embattled police invade the favelas. Numbers are hard to come by: What journalists write when they encounter a known unknown. The New Egyptian Novel: The slums of Cairo find their homology in a new genre of narrative fiction, argues Sabry Hafez. The Air Force is working to develop a small unmanned bomber that can fit in a backpack and be deployed by infantry in seconds to annihilate enemy forces. Outsmarted: Jed Pearl on what Oscar Wilde could teach us about art criticism. Deal with a dictator: Getting supplies to Afghanistan may be worth cozying up to Uzbekistan — for now. A look at 10 strange things about the universe. This Is Not a Blog Post: Blogs and Web magazines are looking more and more alike — what's the difference? Necessity and competence: The importance of having a cogent explanation for government and political obligation is obvious. Tyler Cowen on how immigrants can help create more jobs.
A new International Arctic Magazine is in the works. The 26-year-old northern Canadian magazine, Up Here, has published its first swimsuit issue to draw attention to climate change (and more). From Wired, here are the Top 10 Arctic photos, decided by you and decided by them. From Good, who owns what in Antarctica, and why the battles have recently grown more tumultuous. The connected Arctic: A long way from anywhere, researchers are plugged into everywhere. Why Antarctic Sea ice is growing in a warmer world. A new satellite will measure to the centimeter just how far gone, or going, the Arctic ice cap really is. The South Pole may be the most desolate region on Earth, but even at the bottom of the world, people have to eat — here’s how they do it in Antarctica. Scientists fear declining Arctic sea ice may have caused an unprecedented mass migration of walruses to dry land (and more). Located on remote Goudier Island on the Antarctic penisula, a former British research base now operates as a modest museum, gift shop, and post office. Climate scientists enlist narwhals to study the Arctic Ocean. Google's Street View software is now available for all seven of the Earth's continents, with the introduction of imagery from Antarctica. A planned study of possible new wilderness protections for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has sparked a furor in Alaska, where energy companies have long dreamed of tapping oil reserves beneath its vast coastal plain home to herds of migrating animals. Buried deep beneath East Antarctica’s ice sheet, the Gamburtsev Mountains are the world’s most invisible range. Don’t shoot the bear: Whale pizzas and polar bears — a man on a mission at the Arctic Circle. Arctic Report Card: Warm weather and melted ice are the new normal (and more). Remote sea lanes in Canada's Northwest Passage poorly mapped yet increasingly popular with cruise lines.
Wolfgang Nedobity (Vienna): Casanova and the Italian Taste. The world is lousy with aspiring novelists who will probably never be published; Alix Christie offers insight into what keeps them working. From The Chronicle, apes and monkeys, dogs and cats are being unnecessarily confined, vivisected, and killed while animal advocates are ignored as a lunatic fringe; the cruelty of much animal experimentation cannot be justified on scientific grounds, because it has proved largely unproductive; and letter-writing campaigns may ease consciences, but they won't cure diseases. David Weigel on Pete Peterson's unserious campaign to get America to think seriously about the national debt. Annie Lowrey on why the deficit commission's proposal is unlikely to go anywhere. Moral judgments in social dilemmas: How bad is free riding? Die, Phone Book, Die: After a decade of obsolescence, the local phone directory is finally getting the chop as states wise up to reality. Hope, change, reality: Attorney General Eric Holder entered the Justice Department on a mission to reinvent it — unfortunately, Washington doesn't like an idealist. Year-end best-of lists can make for predictable reading — does anyone not know that Jonathan Franzen wrote the big novel of 2010? Instead, Bookforum asked the authors of our favorites to tell us what they liked reading this year. In the grip of the new monopolists: Do away with Google, break up Facebook? We can't imagine life without them — and that's the problem. Fool's Gold: Why the idea of a gold standard is best relegated to the dustbin of history (and more). Are we hardwired to love taxes? Jonah Lehrer on feeling rich, poor or overtaxed. Why conspiracy theorists think The Simpsons may have predicted 9/11. Police State 2010: A series on American MP's in Kandahar. Bringing the coffin industry back from the dead: How barcodes and touch screens are resuscitating a casket factory.
Donald R. Rothwell (ANU): Arctic Ocean Choke Points and the Law of the Sea. Wei-en Tan (National Chengchi) and Yu-tai Tsai (National Chung Cheng): After the Ice Melts: Conflict Resolution and the International Scramble for Natural Resources in the Arctic Circle. Unfreezing Arctic Assets: A bloc of countries above the 45th parallel is poised to dominate the next century — welcome to the New North. Melting and thinning ice in the Arctic has proceeded so rapidly that new sea routes are opening up, infrastructure is being imagined, and countries like Canada are working to assert their sovereignty in the north (and more). The solutions to the complex challenges of the "New Arctic" will lie in the intricate games — strategic dances — among states, companies, Indigenous peoples, NGOs, international organizations and other dynamic interests. A review of The Future History of the Arctic by Charles Emmerson and The Scramble for the Arctic: Ownership, Exploitation and Conflict in the Far North by Richard Sale. As climate change alters Greenland, the country has a chance to profit and gain independence from its longtime colonial ruler, Denmark — but at what cost? Greenland is happy to be the new oil frontier. Perhaps Canadian bellicosity is not the best posture to adopt right now, given that Canada, Russia, and all the other Arctic nations are in the process of determining the actual national boundaries of the Arctic, especially on the seabed, which holds valuable oil deposits. Thawing Fortunes: Amid disappearing ice shelves, the world's top powers fight over new territory in the Great North. Arctic politics are getting warmer: a new scramble for territory? A review of The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilization's Northern Future by Laurence C. Smith. A review of The Flooded Earth: Our Future in a World without Ice Caps by Peter D. Ward.