Kenneth W. Abbott and David Gartner (ASU): The Green Climate Fund and the Future of Environmental Governance. Markets can be very, very wrong: Consumers are paying much too low a price for coal-generated electricity, because the price they pay does not take account of the very large external costs associated with generation. Coal is the enemy of the human race, mainstream economics edition. A review of The Ethics of Global Climate Change. A review of A Perfect Moral Storm: The Ethical Tragedy of Climate Change by Stephen M. Gardiner (and more). Where did global warming go? Elisabeth Rosenthal wants to know (and more). From Climate Access, a look at seven reasons why the public is not engaged on climate. Kevin Drum on how climate skeptics take another hit. A look at how conservatives want to end support for America’s fastest growing industry. A review of Green Is the New Red: An Insider’s Account of a Social Movement Under Siege by Will Potter. Eric Biber (UC-Berkeley): Which Science? Whose Science? How Scientific Disciplines Can Shape Environmental Law. From Conservation, a review of Rat Island: Predators in Paradise and the World’s Greatest Wildlife Rescue by William Stolzenburg; a look at how a provocative essay calling on conservation biologists to stop bad-mouthing nonnative species has sparked a testy showdown in the pages of the prestigious journal Nature (and more); and struggling to survive in the twenty-first century, naturalists might take a page from their own playbook: evolve, adapt and use technology to woo people back to nature. The Plastic Bag Wars: The world consumes 1 million plastic shopping bags every minute — and the industry is fighting hard to keep it that way (and more and more).
Brian F. Havel and Gabriel S. Sanchez (DePaul): The Emerging Lex Aviatica. Stephen Ruth (George Mason): The Dark Side of Telecommuting: Is a Tipping Point Approaching? From ProPublica, just how much can the state restrict a peaceful protest? An FBI official calls for safe, alternate Internet. A brief history of the brain: David Robson tracks the evolution of our brain from its origin in ancient seas to its dramatic expansion in one ape — and asks why it is now shrinking. The Tsuris: Barack Obama is the best thing Israel has going for it right now — why is that so difficult for Netanyahu and his American Jewish allies to understand? Ron Cowen the mathematics of basketball. Cognitive biases in sports: Samuel McNerney on the irrationality of coaches, commentators and fans. Lt Col D. J. Western on how to say “national security” in 1,001 languages. Predictable evolution: If one could rewind the history of life, would the same species appear with the same sets of traits? Razib Khan on the last 100,000 years in human history. How do households allocate their time when someone loses a job? G.D.P. doesn’t measure happiness: The size of our economy is one measure of success, but it’s not the only measure. Where women are winning: Fair hiring in China, literacy in Mali — rankings reveal where women are leaving their mark, and where the gains are slow to come. Hexidecimally Lingual: Websites must speak 16 languages to go global. Here are 5 scientific reasons your idea of happiness is wrong. Here is the foreword (by Tony Judt) to Religion in America: A Political History by Denis Lacorne. Philosopher of B.S.: Stephen Law is intent on warning people about the perils of bullshit. Quirkiest cultural practices from around the world: With business now a global affair, it is essential to learn the customs, practices and habits of a foreign office.
A new issue of Armed Forces Journal is out. From Military Review, fighting the information war but losing credibility — what can we do? Attempting to make public affairs a nonlethal weapon renders it ineffective — professional journalists will resist accepting press releases full of polemics and propaganda; and the military-media relationship — an exercise in strategic patience: To succeed, the military and the media need each other, no matter how good or strained the relationship. Fareed Zakaria on why defense spending should be cut. Think before you cut: PW Singer on ten simple rules for how to slash the Pentagon's budget without endangering U.S. national security. A secret war in 120 countries: Nick Turse on the Pentagon’s new power elite. Could the Pentagon be responsible for your death? Tom Engelhardt on the military’s marching orders to the jihadist world. From FDL, a book salon on Unmaking War, Remaking Men: How Empathy Can Reshape Our Politics, Ours Soldiers and Ourselves by Kathleen Barry. Military combat and mental health: Resul Cesur, Joseph Sabia, and Erdal Tekin on the psychological costs of war. Joyce S. Goldberg on why she can no longer teach U.S. military history. America's atheist warriors: Like Pat Tillman before them, up to 40,000 US soldiers don't believe in God — meet Jason Torpy, the man who would bring secular wisdom to their ranks. Can Captain Jason Torpy make the intensely Christian U.S. military a better place for atheists? The zombie deployment guide: Jon R. Anderson on a semi-serious look at surviving the undead horde. Translating the Coast Guard uniform: When you see a Coast Guardsman, you can’t help but notice the ribbons, devices and insignias. The Last of the First Club: Who’ll make that poignant and final toast?