U.S. climate report warns of damaged environment and shrinking economy (and more and more). Why publish a dire federal climate report on Black Friday? Global temperatures have been above average for 406 months in a row. How extreme weather is shrinking the planet: With wildfires, heat waves, and rising sea levels, large tracts of the earth are at risk of becoming uninhabitable — but the fossil-fuel industry continues its assault on the facts. Nuclear watchdog group causes stir with call to financially support existing nuclear plants: “Hard choices” are needed in the face of dire climate projections, Union of Concerned Scientists says.

What will climate adaptation look like? Gadgets for the climate hellscape — a million individual products, each precisely targeted on social media to the intersection of a consumer culture and a catastrophe. Silicon Valley wants to fight climate change with these “moonshot” ideas. How the bank bailout hobbled the climate fight: Wall Street took the money the government lent them and plowed it straight into the fossil fuel industry. Ecosocialists believe the only way to stop climate change is to abandon capitalism (and more). What is the climate equivalent of “Medicare for All”? Whatever it is, we need to start talking about it nonstop.

Alexander A. Boni-Saenz (Chicago-Kent): Age, Time, and Discrimination. Amy J. Elias on the voices of Hayden White. Islanders who killed American have a history of guarding their isolation. Why disaster relief is so hard: A thousand Americans are missing and tens of thousands homeless after the Camp Fire. The many possible outcomes of Brexit, explained. May and E.U. leaders reach historic agreement on Brexit deal nobody wants (and more). Andy Fitch interviews Michael Hayden, author of The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in an Age of Lies. Nudge turns 10: Elizabeth Weingarten interviews Cass Sunstein. New Mexico grapples with its version of Confederate tributes: A celebration of Spanish conquest.

We know music is pleasurable, the question is why? Many answers have been proposed — perhaps none are quite right. BTS, the band that changed K-pop, explained. Has 10 years of Spotify ruined music? M.I.A.’s critique of wokeness: The pop star’s new documentary shows the difficulty she faced in bringing attention to violence in Sri Lanka, but she hasn’t given up the cause. Inside the booming business of background music: Once derided, the successors to muzak have grown more sophisticated – and influential – than any of us realise. Is Usher a legend in the R&B game?

Why is pop music suddenly obsessed with the late 90s? Victor Jara died giving a voice to Chile’s poor — a quest for justice took decades. Making peace with new age: After years of being one of those people who used the term as a derogatory catch-all, I realized that music that falls under the label can, and often does, help me in unexpected ways. Visualizing 40 years of music industry sales. What Taylor Swift’s new record deal means for the music industry — and for her image.