The extinction of wilderness: The world’s untouched lands and oceans are rapidly disappearing, and scientists are calling for action. Just five countries control most of the world’s remaining wilderness. How to write about a vanishing world: Scientists chronicling ecological destruction must confront the loss of their life’s work and our planet’s riches. The ghosts of the glacier: What happens when climate changes quickly in a previously frozen place, when the earth heats up and the mountains melt? America’s northernmost city is having another dramatic climate change year. Indonesia is the most important country for the global climate no one is talking about.

Greenhouse gas emissions accelerate like a “speeding freight train” in 2018. Portrait of a planet on the verge of climate catastrophe. We need a climate miracle — would you spend $500 billion per year to get one? Why Al Gore thinks there’s still hope for the planet.


Srdjan Vucetic (Ottawa): The Anglosphere Beyond Security. The corporate gangs who could profit from trade with North Korea: They’re called chaebol — they could expand from South Korea, becoming much more powerful. Isabel Wilkerson reviews Becoming by Michelle Obama. Michelle Obama tells a secret: “I have been at every powerful table you can think of — they are not that smart”. Luxembourg to become first country to make all public transport free. After Google’s historic walkout, one of tech’s big problems is still being ignored. U.S. murder rate for 2018 is on track for a big drop. Kevin Kruse explains how to beat demagogues using history. Don’t mind us — we are just making the voting more fair.

Zuckerberg strategy email: “That may be good for the world but it’s not good for us” (and more). Emily Stewart on 5 takeaways from the UK’s Facebook document dump. Facebook made itself indispensable to media companies, “pivoted to video”, changed its mind, and triggered a industrywide mass extinction event. It’s the end of news as we know it (and Facebook is feeling fine).


Neil M. Richards (WUSTL), Andrew B. Serwin (Lares Institute), and Tyler Blake (Hogan Lovells): Understanding American Privacy. Alec Stapp is against privacy fundamentalism in the United States. The elusive meaning of privacy in America: Katrina Forrester reviews The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America by Sarah Igo (and more). James Barszcz reviews Privacy’s Blueprint: The Battle to Control the Design of New Technologies by Woodrow Hartzog. Robert Chesney (Texas) and Danielle Keats Citron (Maryland): Deep Fakes: A Looming Challenge for Privacy, Democracy, and National Security. Self-invasions and the invaded self: Rochelle Gurstein on the hidden injuries of the age of exposure.

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