Harro Van Asselt (SEI): Governing the Transition Away from Fossil Fuels: The Role of International Institutions. Michael P. Vandenbergh and Jonathan M. Gilligan (Vanderbilt): Beyond Gridlock. What does the prisoner’s dilemma have to do with greenhouse gases? Rebecca Pearse (UTS): Carbon Trading for Climate Justice? John H. Knox (Wake Forest): Human Rights Principles and Climate Change. When island nations drown, who owns their seas? As climate change jeopardizes the huge ocean claims of tiny nations, experts propose some bold legal solutions. Climate change is hurting poor countries right now — why won't rich countries act? At Lima talks, nations worst hit by global warming say climate aid isn’t charity, but reparations. While President Obama’s policy on global warming has infuriated many at home, the United States’ image abroad is soaring, as evident during climate negotiations in Peru. Are we missing the big picture on climate change? Rebecca Solnit on how stories about smaller environmental problems can distract us from the slow-motion calamity that will eventually threaten every living being. Jason Plautz on the climate-change solution no one will talk about: Studies have shown that improved access to birth control can be a valuable tool in slowing global warming. Stop pretending population doesn't matter for the environment. Zoltan Istvan on why it's time to consider restricting human breeding. The post-apocalyptic counterrevolution will not be televised: The earth is still populated by conscious, thinking, feeling, creative, imaginative and productive people; if we accept, even without voicing it, that our own survival can be bought at the expense of theirs, then our survival is an illusion, and we are truly doomed. From Public Books, John McNeill reviews several recent books by historians that have put climate change at the center of historical explanation.

Derek Fincham (South Texas): How Law Defines Art. Douglas Groothuis (Denver): A Critique of Ken Wilber. ISIS is trying to sell the body of U.S. hostage James Foley for $1 million. Adam Serwer on how the CIA torture report lets American leaders off the hook: The Senate’s long-awaited report on Bush-era torture techniques puts too much blame on the CIA, and not enough on the American political leadership. “Corrupt, toxic and sociopathic”: Elias Isquith interviews Glenn Greenwald on torture, CIA and Washington’s rotten soul. Torture is a culture — releasing the Senate report is a way of fighting it. We will never know whether torture works — that shouldn't matter. “Strip out the torture and terrorism” and statist meat inspections are also tyranny. Matthew Yglesias on why Elizabeth Warren is going to war with Obama over Antonio Weiss. Elizabeth Warren is risking a government shutdown to stop Wall Street — President Obama should join her. Democrats can win the South again — here's a simple strategy for Hillary 2016. Claire Groden on why the debate over sexual assault needs to move beyond the campus. Betsy Woodruff on the most-read conservative media you’ve never heard of: A new generation of conservative news sites are mixing clickbait with Obama bashing to rake in huge audiences. Philip Bump on why Matt Drudge and Lucianne Goldberg still rule the conservative media roost. Michel Foucault is usually thought of as an intellectual hero of the left — but it turns out he's far more useful for the right. Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro is this year's winner of China's Confucius Peace Prize, portrayed by organizers as an alternative to the Nobel Prize, which they see as biased against China.

From NYRB, why is American teaching so bad? Jonathan Zimmerman reviews The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession by Dana Goldstein (and more and more and more); Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone) by Elizabeth Green Norton (and more and more); and Getting Schooled: The Reeducation of an American Teacher by Garret Keizer. Teacher tenure has little to do with student achievement, economist Jesse Rothstein says. Dean Baker on the blame teachers game: Has anyone heard of the South? Peter Hart on the big problem with Time's teacher-bashing cover story. Education is at the centre of any national project — but are teachers agents of equality, or are they too often forced to be the opposite? S.E. Smith goes inside the real world of Teach for America. Teach for America has faced criticism for years; now it’s listening — and changing. This school paid teachers $125,000 a year — and test scores went up (and more). Teachers want you to know: We don't get summers off. Will computers ever replace teachers? Justin Reich wonders. Gunnar Wray on the wisdom of a cool substitute high school teacher. From Narratively, a special issue on Teachers vs. Students. Max Ehrenfreund on a surprising new argument against using kids’ test scores to grade their teachers. Amy Crawford on the poor neglected gifted child: Precocious kids do seem to become high-achieving adults — why that makes some educators worried about America’s future. Violent and legal: Heather Vogell on the shocking ways school kids are being pinned down, isolated against their will. Leyla Bravo-Willey on why teaching kids "grit" works: A teacher testifies.