Global Warming

June 4, 2012, 5am PDT
Add this one to the "This is how they spend my tax dollars?!" file. Scott Huler exposes a ploy by legislators from 20 coastal North Carolina counties to outlaw effectively measuring and predicting the potential rise in sea level.
Scientific American Plugged In Blog
May 23, 2012, 12pm PDT
No, this is not a headline out of <em>The Onion</em>. Apparently, leaders at last weekend's G8 Summit agreed to “the biggest step in years in tackling climate change,” as reported by Geoffrey Lean.
Grist
April 30, 2012, 7am PDT
A newly released report by the International Energy Agency hands out dismal grades to the nations of the world for their efforts in developing clean energy technologies. Brad Plumer shares the results.
The Washington Post
March 29, 2012, 6am PDT
Kaid Benfield highlights nine low-tech steps that he recommends can help communities prepare for the coming changes in global climate.
Switchboard
February 29, 2012, 9am PST
<em>ScienceDaily</em> reports on a new study by researchers from Princeton University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology which shows that what used to be considered a 'Storm of the Century' may soon become a 'Storm of the Decade.'
ScienceDaily
January 16, 2012, 6am PST
A new study produced by an international team of scientists focuses on efforts to reduce the production of two shorter-term pollutants, rather than carbon dioxide, that drive climate change.
The Washington Post
December 7, 2011, 11am PST
The deeper our sense of community, the better positioned we are to take on change, says Scott Doyon, but the leisurely lull of the suburbs may have killed our ability to work together.
PlaceShakers
November 3, 2011, 10am PDT
A recent study published by researchers at Stanford University shows how the heat island effect has little bearing on global warming and how painting roofs white actually may increase temperatures, writes David Malakoff for The Guardian.
The Guardian
May 23, 2011, 11am PDT
Climate scientists have warned Chicago's planners that the City will be significantly warmer and wetter by the end of theentury. And from street trees to building standards, that message is infiltrating Chicago's planning and design.
A City Prepares for a Warm Long-Term Forecast
Feature
April 7, 2011, 11am PDT
What cities are best prepared for climate change, and which will falter? Josh Stephens reviews <em>Climatopolis: How Our Cities Will Thrive in a Hotter Future</em> by Matthew Kahn.
Josh Stephens
January 20, 2011, 1pm PST
Renewable energy is still only 2.3% of the U.S. energy production. David Biello asks, can renewables be ramped up in time to combat global warming?
Yale Environment 360
September 22, 2010, 6am PDT
Transportation authorities are working with tools that no longer fit the challenges of modern travel or environmental necessity, says David Kooris, vice president of the Regional Plan Association.
New Urban Network
September 3, 2010, 8am PDT
HafenCity is a district in Hamburg that is being built with flooding in mind. One way the development prepares for rising waters is having several layers of public space that can be used, creating a model for cities facing global warming.
WorldChanging
July 30, 2010, 8am PDT
A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Report published on Wednesday found that the last decade has been the hottest on record, and clearly points to the conclusion that our planet is warming.
The New York Times
May 1, 2010, 11am PDT
Anthony Flint looks at how cities around the world are preparing for the predicted rise in sea level due to global warming, and how the Dutch experience with building dikes could be essential.
Citiwire.net
March 22, 2010, 5am PDT
Pres. Obama has come out in favor of developing more nuclear power plants, and the public is warming up to the idea because of the climate change benefits of switching from coal. Hendrik Hertzberg looks at the politics of atomic power.
The New Yorker
February 8, 2010, 9am PST
California's Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, or AB 32, is known throughout the U.S. as being the landmark state legislation that addresses climate change. It is the target of an initiative that aims to suspend it unless unemployment drops.
Los Angeles Times
February 4, 2010, 11am PST
In a new report looking at how cities in the American West can fight global warming, the authors conclude that the best strategy is to focus on economic and energy efficiency through smart growth.
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy blog
Blog post
December 16, 2009, 8am PST

You may have noticed that over the past few years we've learned a lot more about how the brain works. This is mostly due to advances in functional neuroimaging (fMRI), which makes brain scanning much less onerous and dangerous (no radiation involved). Researchers are using this new access to the brain to send it through various puzzles and thoughts and seeing where and how the brain reacts. 

Josh Greene is an assistant professor at Harvard, and he has used his research to explore questions of moral judgement and decisionmaking. One puzzle he's looked at is called the "Trolley Problem." Here's the setup: 

Tim Halbur
December 8, 2009, 11am PST
In the lead-up to the Copenhagen Conference on climate change, 56 newspapers worldwide have jointly published the same, urgent editorial, warning that the developed and developing nations must reach a deal on climate change.
Huffington Post