Prakash Kashwan (UConn): Greening a Machiavellian State? Insights for International Environmental Governance. Alyssa Johl (CIEL) and Sebastien Duyck (Lapland): Promoting Human Rights in the Future Climate Regime. Sandra B. Zellmer (Nebraska): Treading Water While Congress Ignores the Nation's Environment. We need a war on coal: Peter Singer on why it’s wrong for affluent Westerners to inflict the damages of climate change on the world’s poor. Will coal survive the EPA’s new carbon rules? The EPA unveils a rule that could make it impossible to build new coal plants for years to come (and more and more and more). Nora Caplan-Bricker on how the EPA case could determine the fate of Obama's ambitious climate plan. What have we actually learned about global warming in the last 25 years? Climate science has advanced a lot since 1990 — but it's striking how many basic conclusions have stayed the same. How much global warming will happen before you kick the bucket? Stephan Lewandowsky, James Risbey, and Naomi Oreskes on how climate change is not all disaster and uncertainty. Lindsay Abrams interviews Bill McKibben: “Being green won’t solve the problem”. Can we finally have a serious talk about population? Chris Mooney reviews Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth? by Alan Weisman (and more). Who, we ask now, will populate the Greenland of the melting princess, fill the single clear window we have on climate change? They’re taking over: Tim Flannery reviews Stung! On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the Ocean by Lisa-ann Gershwin.
Hu Shuqin (Qingdao): A Relevance Theoretic Analysis of Verbal Humor in The Big Bang Theory. Neil Irwin interviews Robert Shiller: “When I look around I see a lot of foolishness, and I can’t believe it’s not important economically”. Justin Fox on what the Great Fama-Shiller Debate has taught us. From PopMatters, Jane Potthast on reconsidering aesthetic anachronism; and A. Bowdoin Van Riper on Hollywood, history, and the art of the Big Anachronism. Timothy B. Lee on how the Tea Party broke the Constitution: The American system of government requires compromise — and the tea party is making the GOP incapable of compromising. From Crime Library, a look at the most compelling crime photos of all time and the most famous murders of every US city; and no murders occurred in New York City last week. John Sides on how the electoral ramifications of the shutdown are far from clear: Democrats are excited and Republicans are gloomy — it's far too soon for either reaction. Nate Cohn on how the GOP can't survive without the Tea Party. Alex Howard on how the first Internet president produced the government’s biggest, highest-stakes Internet failure. Brad Plumer on why hitting the debt ceiling would be terrible even if we didn’t default. Felix Salmon on how the default has already begun: Every day that goes past is a day where trust and faith in the US government is evaporating — and once it has evaporated, it will never return.
A new issue of Ryerson Review of Journalism is out. Tim Groeling (UCLA) and Matthew Baum (Harvard): Partisan News Before Fox: Newspaper Partisanship and Partisan Polarization, 1881-1972. Kenneth S. Rogerson (Duke): Fact Checking the Fact Checkers: Verification Web Sites, Partisanship and Sourcing. Rosie Gray and Jessica Testa on the inside story of Mint Press News’ defense of Assad: A small Minnesota news outlet caused a storm when it ran a story claiming Syria’s rebels carried out a chemical attack near Damascus in August. Is Barrett Brown a journalist or an activist? Regardless of the answer, his case is an outrage. Freedom of information: Ken Auletta on the newspaper that took on the N.S.A. Meet the NSA-proof Drop Box for whistleblowers: A new way for sources to reach journalists, based on technology developed by the late activist and coder Aaron Swartz. From the Tow Center, a look at the effects of mass surveillance on journalism. Amy Davidson on when journalists are called traitors. Glenn Greenwald on the perfect epitaph for establishment journalism. Philip Di Salvo on the rise of the drone-journalists. Peta Krost Maunder on the future of investigative journalism. Street-beat confidential: Journalist Juan Gonzalez has been writing about wrongs for thirty-five years — what's he got today? Alex Pareene on how Politico invents/generates “news”. Laura Bennett on the weird, desperate world of Washington Post TV. Matthew Engel reviews Romps, Tots and Boffins: The Strange Language of News by Robert Hutton.