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It's Time We Reinvented Labor For The 21st Century

Thomas Kochan, MIT Sloan School of Management
On Labor Day, politicians have traditionally paid lip service to the plight of the worker, whom the national holiday is…

Is An Extreme Warm West And Cold East Winter The New US Norm?

Rob Jordan, Stanford University
This past July was the hottest single month in Earth’s recorded history, but warming isn’t the only danger climate…

How Corporate Newsrooms Are Failing America

Alicia Shepard, BillMoyers.com
This ad in The Washington Post jumped out at me. In one tight photograph, it quickly telegraphs what’s wrong with the…

G20 Nations Emissions Pledges Are Far Too Low

Alex Kirby, Climate News Network
Analysts say cuts in emissions will need to increase sixfold if the powerful G20 nations are to meet the climate…

How Policing Fails Both Neighborhoods And The Police

James J. Nolan, West Virginia University
How should we understand the violence, counterviolence and civil unrest that mark the current era in American policing?

Why Global Corporations Should Pay Taxes

Super User
For years, Washington lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have attacked big corporations for avoiding taxes by parking…

To Save The Planet, Do We Need To Shrink The Economy?

Jason Hickel, London School of Economics and Political Science
What is so refreshing about the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals is that they recognise the inherent tension between…

The Myth That Started The International War On Drugs

Frank Dikötter, University of Hong Kong
The image of China as an opium slave was the starting point for an international ‘war on drugs’ which, over a century…

European Commission Warns Multinationals With €13 Billion Apple Tax

Kerrie Sadiq, Queensland University of Technology
The European Commission is putting multinationals on notice with its order to tech giant Apple to pay €13 billion in…

How To Fix America’s Child Care Problem

Corey Shdaimah, University of Maryland and Elizabeth Palley, Adelphi University
In what might be the most contentious election campaign season yet, the main presidential candidates seem to agree on…

Why We Need To Rethink The Jobs Based Economy?

Sean Welsh, University of Canterbury
Automation has disrupted work for centuries. Two hundred years ago in Britain, the Luddites rose in rebellion, smashing…

History Warns Us Of Drought’s Destructive Forces

Tim Radford, Climate News Network
The role of drought in the fall of ancient Mayan civilisation highlights the vital need today for water management in…

Want To Prevent Lone Wolf Terrorism?

Robert F. Barsky, Vanderbilt University
This September, as they start the school year, French children aged 14 years old and upwards are going to get lessons…

Welcome To The Anthropocene Epoch, The Age Of Humans

Noel Castree, University of Wollongong
It’s literally epoch-defining news. A group of experts tasked with considering the question of whether we have…

Is Viewing People As Economically Rational Rational?

Nicholas Hanley, University of St Andrews
For years, economists and psychologists have argued about whether the standard model that economists use to explain how…

What’s the Matter With Ohio?

Sean Posey, Bill Moyers.com
Every presidential election cycle, journalists descend on the ever-reliable swing state of Ohio in an attempt to play…

It's Not Just The Economy, It's Whether It Is Fair

Wesley Widmaier, Griffith University
In the aftermath of the global financial crisis, America’s Obama administration faced a dilemma. The public wanted…

Why Republicans And Democrats Live In Different Economic Realities

Ian Anson, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Back in 1992, Democratic strategist James Carville uttered his famous recommendation to Bill Clinton ahead of the 1992…

How Racism Has Shaped Welfare Policy In America

Alma Carten, New York University
A recent UNICEF report found that the U.S. ranked 34th on the list of 35 developed countries surveyed on the well-being…

The Real Reason Off-patent Drugs Are So Expensive

Timothy Holbrook, Emory University
The rising price for EpiPens, a drug delivery system that is crucial for persons experiencing potentially…

Has The Future of Work Already Arrived

Paul Hampton, YES! Magazine
Here’s what today’s nontraditional workers are doing to build democratic, worker-led communities within the growing gig…

Three Mini-farms That Are Sowing The Seeds Of Food Security

Bob Cooper, Ensia
Tiny, biointensive operations show smallholder farmers from around the world how they can grow far more food than…

Will Tesla Put A Solar-powered Battery In Every Home?

W. Rocky Newman, Miami University
One year ago Tesla Motors announced plans to build its Gigafactory to produce huge numbers of batteries, giving life to…

Health And Neighborhoods Are Too Often Linked

Sheila Mulrooney Eldred, Ensia
As an emergency room physician in Washington, D.C., it didn’t take long for Leana Wen to notice a pattern

Is It The Insurers Or Congress That's Ailing Healthcare?

J.B. Silvers, Case Western Reserve University
Since the Affordable Care Act – or what many call Obamacare – has been labeled a failure since the day it started,…

Are US Voters Losing Faith In Democracy?

Nate Persily, Stanford University
From media and money to political polarization, the 2016 United States presidential election is rewriting the rules of…

Role Of The Jet Stream Makes Summer Weather Hard To Forecast

Amy Pullan, University of Sheffield
Scientists say recent work to unravel the mysteries of the Atlantic jet stream could pay off with better long-term…

Why It's Wrong To Blame Immigrants For Sputtering Economies

Kevin Shih, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Immigrants have become a major scapegoat in recent years for sputtering Western economies.

How Three-day Weekends Can Help Save The World

Alex Williams, City University London
Almost everyone enjoys a bank holiday. A three-day weekend means more time to spend with family and friends, to go out…

Why Global Warming Started Earlier Than We Thought

Helen McGregor, University of Wollongong; Joelle Gergis, University of Melbourne; Nerilie Abram, Australian National University, and Steven Phipps, University of Tasmania
In the early days of the Industrial Revolution, no one would have thought that their burning of fossil fuels would have…

Forest Restoration Can Turn Back The Climate Clock

Tim Radford, Climate News Network
Halting tree-felling and land clearance is not enough to save tropical rainforests without programmes of forest…

Why Doctors Need Time To Think About Your Health

Vineet Chopra and Sanjay Saint, University of Michigan
When a person goes to the doctor, there’s usually one thing they want: a diagnosis. Once a diagnosis is made, a path…

Why More Working Mothers Are Choosing To Go Freelance

David Cross, University of Bath
The original “freelancers” were historic knights and mercenaries, selling their fighting skills to whoever paid the…

Why Violence Is Deeply Rooted In Inequality

Neil Pyper, Coventry University
Latin America has traditionally been the world’s most unequal region, but it has recently shown signs of change.…

How Consumer Culture Is Killing Citizenship

Harry Boyte, Bill Moyers.com
Donald Trump’s candidacy gives rise to many descriptors — authoritarian, bigoted, divisive. It is also the culmination…

The Case Against Privatizing Our National Parks

John Freemuth, Boise State University and William Lowry, Washington University in St Louis
The centennial of the National Park Service is inspiring an impressive amount of soul-searching about the agency and…

As Coal Mining Declines, Mental Health Problems Linger

Roberta Attanasio, Georgia State University
The U.S. coal industry is in rapid decline, a shift marked not only by the bankruptcy of many mine operators in…

Why The Paris Climate Agreement May Lock In Warming For Centuries

Eelco Rohling, Australian National University
The Paris climate agreement set a “safe” global warming limit of below 2℃, aiming below 1.5℃ by 2100. The world has…

Should Troubled Nuclear Reactors Be Subsidized?

Peter Bradford, Vermont Law School
Since the 1950s, U.S. nuclear power has commanded immense taxpayer and customer subsidy based on promises of economic…

Why The Clouds Impact On Climate Is Not Simple

Tim Radford, Climate News Network
The perennial question of how clouds affect the Earth’s climate takes another twist, with one study expecting cooling…

Why So Hard To Find Out Who Dies In Police Custody?

Amanda Woog, University of Texas at Austin
How many people die in our criminal justice system each year? It turns out it is hard to tell, and it depends who you…

Why Standing Desks In Schools Are A Win Win

Christina Sumners, Texas A&M University
There’s new evidence that standing desks in classrooms can slow the increase in elementary school children’s body mass…

Why Say No to the TPP?

Sarah van Gelder, YES! Magazine
It took two days for 60 members of the Cowboy and Indian Alliance to plant the heirloom seeds by hand.

How Dostoevsky Predicted Trump's America

Ani Kokobobo, University of Kansas
As a professor of Russian literature, I’ve come to realize that it’s never a good sign when real life resembles a…

Neonicotinoids Are Linked To Wild Bee And Butterfly Declines

Manu Saunders, Charles Sturt University
Two separate studies from the United States and England, both published today, show evidence that populations of…

Today's Electric Cars Can Cover Most Of Daily Driving Needs

Jessika E. Trancik, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Electrifying transportation is one of the most promising ways to significantly cut greenhouse gas emissions from…

Why Work Leads To More Suicides In This Global Economy

Sarah Waters, University of Leeds and Jenny Chan, University of Oxford
A Paris prosecutor recently called for the former CEO and six senior managers of telecoms provider, France Télécom, to…

Is Addiction A Disease Or Behavioral Problem?

Nicole Lee, Curtin University and Femke Buisman-Pijlman, University of Adelaide
We used to think of “addiction”, or what we now call dependence, as a moral failing. This had the result of blaming the…

Green Beans Are The Eco-friendly Option For Feeding And Saving The World

Caroline Wood, University of Sheffield and Wayne Martindale, Sheffield Hallam University
We all know the score: current trends predict there will be 9.7 billion mouths to feed by 2050. Producing enough food…

Why Dragonflies Are The Sentinels For Freshwater Conservation

Michael Samways, Stellenbosch University and John P. Simaika, Stellenbosch University
Viewed from space, our planet is a blue speck of mostly water in a seemingly endless expanse of darkness. It is this…

Why We Need a Single Payer Healthcare

Robert Reich
The best argument for a single-payer health plan is the recent decision by giant health insurer Aetna to bail out next…

Which Comes First, Income Inequality Or Political Polarization?

Christos Makridis, Stanford University
Political polarization today is greater than it’s been in recent history – at least since the 1970s. To see that, one…

it's Easy To See Why Australians Have Lost Faith In Privatization

John Quiggin, The University of Queensland
Privatization is a policy that has consistently failed but is remorselessly pushed by the political elite. It is little…

Can Environmentalists Learn To Tolerate Nuclear Power?

David K. Hecht, Bowdoin College
In June, California utility Pacific Gas and Electric announced plans for phasing out its Diablo Canyon nuclear power…

Why We Should Keep The Marijuana Farm Small And Local

Ryan Stoa, Florida International University
In November, voters in as many as 12 states will see a marijuana legalization initiative on their ballots. Marijuana is…

Is Natural Gas Just A Bridge to Climate Disaster

Super User
Currently planned gas production expansion in Appalachia would make meeting U.S. climate goals impossible

How Algorithms Can Be More Fair Than Humans

H V Jagadish, University of Michigan
Amazon recently began to offer same-day delivery in selected metropolitan areas. This may be good for many customers,…

The Demand For Female Urologists Outpaces Supply

Marla Paul, Northwestern University
Women who need to see the urologist prefer female providers, but there aren’t enough of them to meet that need, a new…

Thinning Clouds In The Tropics Put Global Warming Ahead Of Schedule

Fabio Bergamin, ETH Zurich
With the help of satellite data, scientists have shown that low-level cloud cover in the tropics thins out as Earth…

Fishing Is At The Heart Of The South China Sea Dispute

Clive Schofield, University of Wollongong; Rashid Sumaila and William Cheung, University of British Columbia
Contrary to the view that the South China Sea disputes are driven by a regional hunger for seabed energy resources, the…