From Sapiens, a special issue on the work of IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, and its Commissions. Want to encourage eco-friendly behavior? Give consumers a nudge — don't tell them what to do. From Swans, Michael Barker on Regina Cochrane's critique of famed eco-activist Vandana Shiva. Matt Skenazy on the cheapest way to fight climate change: Block out the Sun. An interview with Peter McManners, author of Fly and Be Damned: What Now for Aviation and Climate Change? Robin Kundis Craig on why climate change means the death of sustainability. The sixth extinction menaces the very foundations of culture: Human culture is profoundly rooted in nature, yet human activity endangers the survival of entire species of plants and animals. From FDL, a book salon on Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point by Subhankar Banerjee. From HBR, Andrew Winston on how politicians who deny climate change cannot be "pro-business". The end of global warming: Noah Smith on how to save the Earth in 2 easy steps. Tales on Dark Mountain: Is there anything left for the green movement to do but assuage its grief in ritual and myth?

A new issue of the Journal of Social Research and Policy is out. DeLeith Duke Gossett (Texas Tech): If Charity Begins at Home, Why Do We Go Searching Abroad? A Call to Sunset the Portion of the Federal Adoption Tax Credit that Subsidizes International Adoptions. In sickness and in health: Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith on why leaders keep their illnesses secret. From the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth Century Philosophy, here is the entry on Nietzsche by Brian Leiter. Is the government making D.C. rich? A lot of the typical explanations for D.C.'s wealth don't check out — but one does. Sam Wren-Lewis reviews Happiness and the Good Life by Mike W. Martin. Nudge or think: What works best for our society? Arcangelo Dimico reviews An Economic History of Organized Crime: A National and Transnational Approach by Dennis M.P. McCarthy. Logan Albright on three things the American people don’t understand about trade. The introduction to On Settling by Robert E. Goodin. Your body doesn't lie: People ignore political ads of candidates they oppose. Here’s to you, Mr. Overly Enthusiastic Dick Pic Sender — because why should you keep it in your pants?

From Big Think, Pamela Haag on why Americans should care more about sports than politics. I can't stop rooting for lousy sports teams and I love it. The Cubs of college football: How the once formidable Fighting Irish became the Midwest’s lovable losers. The unsung hero of college football: Charles P. Pierce in praise of Justin Smith Morrill, a lawmaker from Vermont. They say everything’s bigger in Texas, but this is wild: A Texas high school unveils a $59.6 million super stadium. Change of venue: Shape-shifting stadiums could transform the way we watch sports. Come on Barack, let’s nationalize this shit: Rudi Batzell on a modest proposal to save the National Football League. Unnecessary roughness: Benjamin J. Dueholm on the moral hazards of football. Football is dead — long live football: J.R. Moehringer on concussions, lawsuits, death — but fans are still cheering. Cage match: Matthew Shaer on how science is transforming the sport of MMA fighting. A review of Barbaric Sport: A Global Plague by Marc Perelman. A review of Why the Olympics Aren’t Good for Us, And How They Can Be by Mark Perryman. At the Olympics, 26 sports vied for our attention — but which is the best sport of all?

Barak Orbach (Arizona): What Is Regulation? From Lo Squaderno, a special issue on urban rhetorics. From Carnegie Council, a series of interviews for a Thought Leaders Forum, including Kwame Anthony Appiah, Steve Coll, Luis Moreno Ocampo, Anne-Marie Slaughter, and Michael Walzer. From Standpoint, whatever happened to the art of oratory? Andrew Gimson on how the need to provide soundbites while avoiding "gaffes" has reduced politicians' speeches to intolerable banality; and can Romney spring an October surprise? Andrew Roberts wants to know. For almost ten years, Mitt Romney led the Mormon church in Boston, shouldering the needs of his community — is this the same man now running for president as a champion of individualism? From, Martin Cohen on how to survive compulsory college philosophy courses. What's wrong with blasphemy: Suppose there had not been a single riot in response to "The Innocence of Muslims" — would the makers of the film have done anything wrong? University Against efficiency: Stephen Henighan argues that efficiency has become a core value that heightens social divisions.

From the latest issue of Military Review, Michael W. Symanski (USAR): The Next Time We Reinvent Someone Else’s Country. From Joint Force Quarterly, Milan Vego on science vs. the art of war; and Francis P. Sempa reviews The Shaping of Grand Strategy: Policy, Diplomacy, and War. Strategic Error: Robert Haddick on when the big picture misses the point. Shipping out: Are aircraft carriers becoming obsolete? Robert Farley on why aircraft carriers sail on. An interview with Andrew Polsky, author of Elusive Victories: The American Presidency at War (and part 2). Monopolizing war: Tom Engelhardt on what America knows how to do best. Meike de Goede reviews Useful Enemies: When Waging Wars is More Important Than Winning Them by David Keen. Joel H. Rosenthal on Peace: What is it good for? A review of The Glorious Art of Peace: From the Iliad to Iraq by John Gittings (and more on the history of peace thought East and West and its lessons for today). A world without war: The massively multiplayer online consultancy Wikistrat recently conducted a week long crowd-sourced brainstorming exercise to plot out a plausible range of caveats to the conventional wisdom that is the democratic peace theory.