The Paris agreement is an incredible deal for the U.S. — Trump would be foolish to cancel it. Hundreds of U.S. businesses urge Trump to uphold Paris climate deal. Diplomats confront new threat to Paris climate pact: Amid Donald Trump's calls to withdraw from the accord, some negotiators began planning how to punish the United States if he follows through. Priebus confirms that climate denial will be the official policy of Trump's administration. Donald Trump's opinion on climate change is dumber than you could possibly imagine. How Trump can influence climate change. If Trump wants to dismantle Obama's EPA rules, here are all the obstacles he'll face.

Environmentalists get a dose of good news: Even if Trump throws out Obama's clean power plan, we're already ahead of its targets — and the coal industry will be hard to bring back. Rebecca Leber goes inside the climate movement's Trump-fighting strategy. How stars, Christians, and hackers could avoid climate disaster under Trump. Michael Mann: I'm a scientist who has gotten death threats — I fear what may happen under Trump.

Jane Meyer on Scott Pruitt, Trump's industry pick for the E.P.A. Trump and Pruitt will Make America Gasp Again. Trump's Secretary of State pick is wrong about climate change — but not in the way you think. Rex Tillerson's state of denial: You have to be pretty desperate to take Tillerson's stance on climate change as cause for optimism. Rex Tillerson's potentially huge conflict of interest over Russia and oil, explained.

Trump, Putin and the pipelines to nowhere: You can't understand what Trump's doing to America without understanding the "carbon bubble". The oil and gas industry is quickly amassing power in Trump's Washington. The Koch brothers, Big Oil, and Texas utilities are already shaping Trump's environmental agenda. Sarah Emerson and Jason Koebler on the United States of Climate Denial: With his team of anti-environment, oil friendly advisors, Trump will have wide latitude to destroy much of the climate progress made under Obama.

What the heck is going on at the North Pole? North Pole temperatures climb near melting point this Christmas week. A catastrophic climate feedback loop long feared by scientists is happening. Climate change escalating so fast it is "beyond point of no return". What happens when the ice disappears?


A language to unite humankind: Joan Acocella reviews Bridge of Words: Esperanto and the Dream of a Universal Language by Esther Schor (and more). Does English have to be the dominant language of science? Some languages die, get over it: Perhaps rather than mourning the loss of little-used languages, we should embrace changes that help people communicate more widely. Google's AI just created its own universal "language": The technology used in Google Translate can identify hidden material between languages to create what's known as interlingua. The alphabet that will save a people from disappearing: As kids, two Guinean brothers invented a new script for their native language; now they're trying to get it on every smartphone.


Heather Gerken (Yale): Second-Order Diversity: An Exploration of Decentralization's Egalitarian Possibilities. How the "war on Christmas" controversy was created. Vivian Gornick reviews Marriage as a Fine Art by Julia Kristeva and Philippe Sollers. How to become a famous media scholar: Jefferson Pooley on the case of Marshall McLuhan. Obama just made it much harder for Trump to build his "Muslim registry". This may be Trump's most frightening and dangerous tweet yet. Donald Trump just pledged to "strengthen" America's nuclear capability. Donald Trump has no clue about nukes. Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin agree: Let's revive the nuclear arms race.

Here is the full list of musicians who will perform at Donald Trump's inauguration. "AGVA, their union, has put in writing to the full time Rockettes that they must accept the inauguration gig or they will lose their jobs. It’s perfect, actually. What could be more fitting for this inauguration than forcing a group of women to do something with their bodies against their will?"


Donald L. Davison and Margaret Lewicki (Rollins): The Comparative Effects of Electoral Laws on Voter Rationality: Plurality Versus Proportional Election Rules. Mark Pickup and Erik O. Kimbrough (Simon Fraser) and Eline A. de Rooij (Oxford): Experimental Evidence on the Role of Identity and Interest in Voting Behavior. K. Sabeel Rahman (Brooklyn): Producing Democratic Vibrancy. Dahyeon Jeong and Ajay Shenoy (UC-Santa Cruz): Do Voters or Politicians Choose the Outcomes of Elections? Evidence from the Struggle to Control Congressional Redistricting. Disinformed is disenfranchised: An excerpt from Beasts and Gods: How Democracy Changed Its Meaning and Lost Its Purpose by Roslyn Fuller.

Jennifer L. Hochschild (Harvard): What Happened on November 8, and What Happens Next? A Tour of Social Scientists' Answers. Bigger than Watergate: Legitimate concerns that anti-Clinton faction within FBI may have conspired to hand election to Trump. John Podesta: Something is deeply broken at the FBI. The subpoena that rocked the election is legal garbage, experts say. Timid liberals blew the election by flinching at Hillary Clinton's email server. All this talk of voter fraud? Across U.S., officials found next to none. Trump’s unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud now look even more absurd. Everyone was wrong about 2016 — then they were wrong about being wrong.

Was Donald Trump elected because he is laughable? Reflections on Trump and sovereignty. What Nietzsche's philosophy can tell us about why Brexit and Trump won: Sean Illing interviews Hugo Drochon, author of Nietzsche’s Great Politics.


Alexander Bolton (Emory), John M. de Figueiredo (Duke) and David E. Lewis (Vanderbilt): Elections, Ideology, and Turnover in the U.S. Federal Government. Have we underestimated the importance of self-restraint in politics, and over-estimated that of formal explicit constitutional rules? Chris Dillow on the decline of public service. Yukihiro Yazaki (Tokyo Metropolitan): The Effects of Bureaucracy on Political Accountability and Electoral Selection. Will the bureaucracy save us from the president? Rebecca Ingber wonders. The last line of defense: Federal bureaucrats wait nervously for Donald Trump. Washington, D.C.’s liberal civil servants are horrified at the prospect of life under Trump. Congressional Democrats express concern that Donald Trump is targeting civil servants who don't agree with his policies.

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