Jorge E. Vinuales (Cambridge): The Paris Climate Agreement: An Initial Examination. The decisions we make about climate change today will reverberate for millennia — no pressure. David Roberts on why zero is a better climate target than 2 degrees. Jeremy Schulman on how 19 big-name corporations plan to make money off the climate crisis. Coal lobby boss says industry “will be hated like slave-traders” after COP21. Savor this moment, climate activists — this year is going to get ugly. We’ll always have Paris: The historic climate agreement struck in December has yet to be signed, and already has suffered one setback after another. Politicians aren’t talking about climate — maybe that’s good. Schools are doing a terrible job teaching your kids about global warming. Ezra Markowitz and Lisa Zaval on the secret to making people care about climate change: Make them think about their legacy.

Who politicized the environment and climate change? It wasn’t the Green Party. Wait, Harvard Law School’s leading liberal Laurence Tribe is trying to gut essential climate-change regulations? Eric Holthaus on what Scalia’s death might mean for climate change. Eduardo Porter on how the next Supreme Court Justice will be crucial to climate change. Rebecca Leber on how Antonin Scalia’s successor could determine the fate of the planet (and more). Planet on the ballot: It appears that the goal of drastically reducing emissions is within reach, but the wrong leader could still get in the way of saving the planet.

Will extreme weather events get Americans to act on climate change? New evidence shows global climate change began way back in 1610. In Zika epidemic, a warning on climate change. Our hemisphere’s temperature just reached a terrifying milestone.


From the Journal of Catholic Legal Studies, Brian McCall (Oklahoma): Why it is Good to Stop at a Red Light: The Basis of Authority and Obligation. Megan O'Donnell on gender equality as a private sector priority: A triple win for companies, consumers, and developing countries. The psychologists take power: Tamsin Shaw reviews a series of books on psychology. Meet the “rented white coats” who defend toxic chemicals: David Heath on how corporate-funded research is corrupting America’s courts and regulatory agencies. Joseph E. Davis on pink pills and economic man. Malcolm Harris reviews Every Last Tie: The Story of the Unabomber and His Family by David Kaczynski. It’s actually easy to force people to be evil: Neurological evidence that people feel less responsible for actions when taking orders. Chaucer scholar analyzes Trump attack haiku.


Pushback: The 2016 campaign is putting the most influential political-science book in recent memory to a stiff test. Why it’s time to end in-person voting for good: Ben Pryor on how your polling place can change how you vote, and what can be done about it. Our broken presidential nominating system: The modern primary produces odd candidates and has become less democratic with time — there’s a better way. Are “extremist” candidates electable? Justin Buchler on how polarizing candidates like Trump and Sanders could make it to the White House. How do primary voters decide between “electable” and ideologically pure? Being reminded of urgent issues seems to push voters toward the “electable” candidate. Angry Americans: Victoria Stilwell and Sarah McGregor on how the 2008 crash fueled a political rebellion. Nate Cohn on the surprising power of blue-state Republicans.

What Donald Trump doesn’t seem to understand about the KKK: Listen carefully to what he isn’t saying about white supremacy. No, the Ku Klux Klan has never, ever been a “Leftist” organization. Thomas Frank on why millions of ordinary Americans support Donald Trump. Michael Lind on how the neocons are responsible for Trumpism. Rich Lowry on how Trump killed the Reagan mystique. More Latinos seek citizenship to vote against Trump. Can Donald Trump really build 2,000-mile border wall and make Mexico pay for it? Let’s say Trump wins — would anyone design his border wall? Trump’s not the only one who wants a wall — border walls are trending. David Broockman on how well-meaning political reformers are helping to elect President Trump. Can the Republican Party survive its current crisis? This isn’t going to end well. Julia Azari on when political parties splinter.

Hillary Rodham Clinton may be running her historic race to be America’s first woman president against the living embodiment of this country’s sexist id: an orange-tinted phallus in a FUCK HILLARY, GOD KNOWS SHE NEEDS IT T-shirt. “Given what’s at stake, what intelligent person of voting age could possibly give a shit about politicians being ‘stage managed?’ How can you possibly think the only reason people vote or otherwise act to support candidates is because they find them personally inspiring?” Nando Vila on the real reason Bernie and Hillary supporters can’t seem to get along. “In a real sense HRC and Sanders are running for two completely different jobs”: Jamelle Bouie on how presidential candidates position themselves within their party.

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