climate change

  • God Save Us From the Economists

    by Timothy Noah

    Actress Jayne Mansfield was killed in a 1967 traffic accident; a truck trailer safety regulation review prompted in part by her highly public demise was finally implemented in 1996, after nearly 9,000 people were killed in similar crashes. Why? Blame a bipartisan faith in economists as policymakers. 

  • Ancient Flood Tales May be More than Myth

    The climate crisis is pushing some historians and folklorists to reconsider indigenous societies' origin stories of flooding and geographic cataclysm. Should science take this perspective into account? 

  • How Fossil Fuel Dollars Warped University Climate Research

    Fossil fuel profit "secures favorable white papers, journals, societies, public-policy comments, courtroom testimony, and front groups that attack what the industry sees as damaging science," copying the 1950s playbook of the tobacco industry with more money and higher stakes. 

  • Don't Open Up the Strategic Petroleum Reserve; Close the SUV Loophole

    Releasing oil from the strategic reserve is compounding yesterday's mistakes with today's, and a step in the wrong direction for the climate, says New Yorker science and climate reporter Elizabeth Kolbert. Start treating SUV's like passenger cars under fuel efficiency regulations instead.

  • We're Talking about Climate Change with Outdated Colonial Language

    by Priya Satia

    The dominant climate activist theme of sacrificing in the present to protect the future is rooted in the intellectual history of economics which has driven the profligate consumption and gross inequality that threatens the planet. 

  • China Digs Its Own Grave (and Ours, Too)

    by Alfred McCoy

    History is a poor tool for predicting how the post-fossil fuel world will be organized. But it's clear that a successful world order will have to be based in acknowledging the climate crisis. 

  • The Reparations Fight Must Include Costs of Climate Change

    by Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò

    The movement for reparations should be informed by the broader politics of anticolonial liberation struggles which sought not just to transfer resources but to raise new questions about the basic organiation of societies on a global scale.