A review of The Environment and World History by Edmund Burke III and Kenneth Pomeranz. Six months is all it took to flip Europe’s climate from warm and sunny into the last ice age, researchers have found. A review of On Thin Ice: The Changing World of the Polar Bear by Richard Ellis and After the Ice: Life, Death and Geopolitics in the New Arctic by Alun Anderson. Jeremy Bernstein on the disappearing snows of Everest. Rapa Nui deja vu: Tourism threatens to trigger another ecological collapse in Easter Island (and more). It's not just about Copenhagen: In Papua New Guinea, the battle between environmental protection and economic development plays out with one controversial gas project. In a remote patch of the Pacific Ocean, hundreds of miles from any national boundary, the detritus of human life is collecting in a swirling current so large that it defies precise measurement (and more and more on the Pacific Garbage Patch). Artist and photographer Chris Jordan examines the bad habits of human consumption with work that depicts trash in all its incarnations. Plastic Not-So-Fantastic: How the versatile material harms the environment and human health. Water-hogging, pesticide-laden golf courses occupy more than 2.3 million acres of United States green — thanks to pressure from environmentalists, however, some courses are trying to bring the sport back to its roots: in nature. American Ruins: Camilo Jose Vergara on how nature is taking back these buildings. A look at how climate change affects world heritage sites. How can we communicate the dangers of nuclear waste to future civilizations?

Kathy Ferguson (Hawaii): Bush in Drag: Sarah Palin and Endless War. From New Statesman, a cover story on the danger of Sarah Palin (and more). From The Weekly Standard, a cover story on the roots of Obama worship: Auguste Comte’s Religion of Humanity finds a 21st-century savior. Steele Cage: Republicans find their inner Al Sharpton. Frank Rich on the Great Tea Party Rip-Off. Extremist Republicans are crushing dissent within their own party, creating a California Legislature that can’t work. The bigoted and frighteningly violent conservative Internet sensation Steven Crowder is far from being just for laughs. The Telegraph presents its latest list of the 100 most influential conservatives and 100 most influential liberals in America. Christopher Hitchens on why the smug satire of liberal humorists debases our comedy — and our national conversation. Matt Taibbi reviews Rod Blagojevich's The Governor: The Truth Behind the Political Scandal That Continues to Rock the Nation. One year in, Obama’s approval ratings have slipped, and they’re likely to get worse, but this is okay — in fact, it’s the definition of success for a modern president. Bigger than Obama: Blaming the president for the slow pace of reform is too simplistic. Opponents love to cast Democrats as weak; what it might take for the president to look strong? The cool, deliberate Obama is as temperamentally well-suited to these fast-paced times as was the warm, impulsive FDR to a somewhat slower age. The Mass. Senate race exposes the contradictions of Obamaism. Is Obama "not connecting"? (and more) Just pass the damn bill — pass it now (and more).

Christy Chapin (Virginia): Meeting the 1950s Consumer Ideal in Health Care. Our world of diversity and microfame owes Michael Jackson, the Last Celebrity, the tribute of old-fashioned immortality. Before you gossip, ask yourself this: "Is it kind? Is it true? Is it necessary?" The Democrats are doomed — what better time to tackle climate change? Mark Miodownik packs Materials Library with the world’s strangest substances — the blackest black created, a metal that screams — to instil a sense of wonder in visitors. A review of And Then There’s This: How Stories Live and Die in Viral Culture by Bill Wasik. I'm Feeling Unlucky: An essay on independent culture in the Google Era. Why do Americans only give when they see the drama unfold on TV? Matthew Bishop and Michael Green, authors of Philanthrocapitalism, on the nature of sympathy. A history of the world in 100 objects: A new BBC radio series shows how the things that man made can be even more compelling witnesses to the past than the events he witnessed. A look at ten psychology studies from 2009 worth knowing about. A review of The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess by Andrei Codrescu. Joseph Pugliese (Macquarie): Apostrophe of Empire: Guantanamo Bay, Disneyland. Locally produced food is best, but we also want oranges in August and an end to world famine — what's a locavore to do? Sometimes the most obscure news article reveals significant processes that have the potential to reshape global geography. Got a working time machine you can use? Might be a good idea to take along this handy map to make sense of where you find yourself.

A review of Blood and Soil: A World History of Genocide and Extermination from Sparta to Darfur by Ben Kiernan. The evil that men do: A review of books on the Armenian Genocide. A review of Genocide before the Holocaust by Cathie Carmichael. From Der Spiegel, Erich Follath on Holocaust as Career: The Khmer Rouge, the Nazis and the Banality of Evil. The horrors of the Khmer Rouge's rule may be in the past, but the question of whether its crimes amounted to genocide lingers on. Genocide or "a vast tragedy"?: University students in an Alberta classroom try to decide. Never again?: A look at what the Holocaust can't teach us. A review of Some Measure of Justice: The Holocaust Era Restitution Campaign of the 1990s by Michael Marrus. A book by its cover: Judging Holocaust memoirs by appearance only. Shalom Auslander is at work on a new project: a comic novel about genocide. Ending our age of suffering: Daniel Jonah Goldhagen on a plan to stop genocide (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more on Worse than War: Genocide, Eliminationism, and the Ongoing Assault on Humanity). The first chapter from "If You Leave Us Here, We Will Die": How Genocide Was Stopped in East Timor by Geoffrey Robinson. John Prendergast on five myths about genocide and violence in Sudan. Musa Hilal has the blood of hundreds of thousands on his hands, but the Janjaweed leader claims he's just a peacemaker. The accepted story of the mass killings of 1994 is incomplete, and the full truth — inconvenient as it may be to the Rwandan government — needs to come out (and more). Philip Gourevitch on the Mutsinzi Report on the Rwandan genocide. Felix Holmgren on how Philip Gourevitch wrote the victors' history book. Sarah Sewall on a genocide policy that works.