Robert W. Hahn (Oxford) and Alistair Ulph (Manchester): Thinking Through the Climate Change Challenge. We like it hot: The US' unwillingness to push for substantial emissions cuts could spell climate catastrophe. An excerpt from Global Warming and Political Intimidation: How Politicians Cracked Down on Scientists as the Earth Heated Up by Raymond Bradley. What's it like inside a climate change deniers conference? A mix of the comically surreal, the deadly earnest and the achingly tedious (and more). On experts and global warming: We non-experts are in no position to argue against the consensus of expert scientific opinion. A look at how climate models are creating a false sense of security, or at least insufficient terror. What next on climate? The effort to address climate change stumbled with the failure to pass cap-and-trade; what should happen now? Five experts discuss the future of US climate and energy policy. A politically incorrect solution to climate change: Global warming seems inevitable — so maybe we should stop trying to prevent it and start finding ways to live with it through adaptation. Would you trust a management consultant with the world's rainforests? A review of Climate Change and Society by John Urry. An idea whose time has come: Mainstream economics is beginning to recognise the opportunities alongside the climate threat. Who says we can’t do anything about the weather or the climate? Let the geoengineering research begin! Tom Junod on the new religion of global warming. Conservatives, John Locke, and climate change: Why would a libertarian believe that the atmosphere may be privately appropriated? If it couldn’t be, then there is no reason to suppose that free-market policies are at all appropriate in dealing with climate policy.
Jens Beckert and Frank Wehinger (Max Planck): In the Shadow: Illegal Markets and Economic Sociology. The ultimate Republican threat: The Constitution did not omit limits on taxes and borrowing because of an oversight. A review of Immorality and the Law: The Rising Power of the American Dead by Ray Madoff. Carded at the polls: Will the Justice Department stop the assault on voting rights for minorities, the elderly, and the poor? Content-free prose: The latest threat to writing or the next big thing? America adores its cliches about France — skinny women, good sex, and “surrender monkeys” — well, it’s about time we respected France’s history of conquering and oppressing the world. Maria Popva on (almost) everything you need to know about culture in 10 books. Growing a better NIH: A radical way to fix the nation’s medical-research establishment. Despite fewer high-paying jobs, students continue to pour into law school — and the schools keep charging higher tuition and admitting more students. A review of After Finitude: An Essay on the Necessity of Contingency by Quentin Meillassoux. A cultural history of pie-ing: A look at how the pie-in-the-face has evolved from comedic device to political act. From Student Pulse, an essay on nigromancy in the later Middle Ages. Velorutionary: Bike histories, bike prospects, and the revolutionary-Quixotic themes that attach to them, have a new centrality in cultural and political reflection. The Forgotten Churchill: The man who stared down Hitler also helped create the modern welfare state. A new book published in Germany looks at what makes Arabic street art unique — and just how powerful it can be. David Roberts on what the U.S. power industry thinks about the future of the U.S. power industry. A look at 7 "ancient" forms of mysticism that are recent inventions.
Mark Turner (Case Western): The Embodied Mind and the Origins of Human Culture. A review of The Tribal Imagination: Civilization and the Savage Mind by Robin Fox. An interview with Niall Ferguson, author of Civilization: The West and Rest (and more). A review of Why the West Rules — For Now: The Patterns of History and What they Reveal About the Future by Ian Morris (and more). Megamaterials to propel human civilization into "the Fiber Age": An interview with Bradley Quinn, author of Design Futures. Three more attacks on civilization: Dishwashers, ice makers, and drain uncloggers are all under attack — puritans and paranoids are working with bureaucrats to unravel all the gains that markets have made for civilization. Daniel Headrick explains how the power of technology has affected man’s relationship with the rest of nature, and tells us what determines why some civilisations succeed and others fail. Pietro F. Peretto (Duke) and Simone Valente (ETH Zurich): Growth on a Finite Planet: Resources, Technology and Population in the Long Run. How to ensure a good future: To the extent that a global movement for technologically-facilitated social democracy does not emerge there will be widespread poverty, endemic violence and neo-feudalism. The Anthropocene: Can humans survive a human age? Unpacking for a disaster: Rebecca Solnit on what you need to survive the unexpected. A review of Thinking in an Emergency by Elaine Scarry (and more). After an apocalypse, what's left of digital stores of knowledge? Our existing information technology infrastructure is surprisingly robust, at least for now — but what's left if something really big happens? A review of Our Way Out: First Principles for a Post-Apocalyptic World by Marq de Villiers. A review of The God Species: How the Planet Can Survive the Age of Humans by Mark Lynas.