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How The Arctic Tipping Points Are Putting The Planet At Risk

Alex Kirby, Climate News Network
A warming climate is exposing the Arctic to the possibility of radical changes that could affect the rest of the…

Why Observers Draw Parallels Between Donald Trump And Mussolini

Kimber Quinney, California State University San Marcos
Observers continue to draw parallels between President-elect Donald Trump and the Italian fascist dictator Benito…

Why Efforts To Achieve Journalistic Balance Is Failing The Public

Bruce Mutsvairo, Northumbria University, Newcastle
Renowned reporter Christiane Amanpour recently told a conference of the Committee to Protect Journalists that they…

How Mass Deportation Threatens America's Food And Wine

Justine Vanden Heuvel and Mary Jo Dudley, Cornell University
Mass deportations of up to three million undocumented immigrants are expected to begin in January, when President-elect…

The Arizona Tribe That Knows How to Stop a Trump Wall

Tristan Ahtone, YES! Magazine
Tohono O’odham traditional lands extend deep into Mexico, and any border wall will face legal and physical opposition.

The Future Of Journalism In Trump's America

Gerry Lanosga, Indiana University, Bloomington, et al.
During his campaign, President-elect Donald Trump wasn’t shy about his hostility toward journalists. His unexpected…

There Are Huge Out-of-pocket Costs For Medicare Patients With Cancer

Stephanie Desmon, Johns Hopkins University
A cancer diagnosis can be a serious financial hardship for many elderly and disabled patients on Medicare, with annual…

Global Warming Will Almost Certainly Reduce Wheat Yields

Tim Radford,Climate News Network
As demand for grain increases to feed a rising population, scientists warn that global warming could seriously reduce…

The Seeds of the Emergent Right-Wing Populist Movement

George Michael, Westfield State University
In recent months, far-right activists – which some have labeled the “alt-right” – have gone from being an obscure,…

Facebook's Problem Is More Complicated Than Fake News

R. Kelly Garrett, The Ohio State University
In the wake of Donald Trump’s unexpected victory, many questions have been raised about Facebook’s role in the…

The Uncomfortable Truth About Social Mobility

Gideon Calder, Swansea University
Is it okay to talk to your young children? To read them stories at bedtime, discuss the flowers by the bus stop, be…

Why Trump Is Right And Wrong About Killing Off The TPP

Elizabeth Thurbon, UNSW Australia and Linda Weiss, University of Sydney
President-elect Donald Trump is right: The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a damaging deal and deserves to be killed…

Trump's Climate Policy Has The Lives Of Billions In His Hands

Travis N. Rieder, Johns Hopkins University
President-elect Donald Trump has been unclear so far on how many of his campaign pledges he actually intends to see…

Four Myths About The Oil And Gas Bonanza In The Arctic

Michael John Laiho, Durham University
The Arctic is experiencing an extraordinary heatwave – it’s 20C warmer than usual at this time of year (just imagine…

Why There's A Backlash Against Globalization And How It Needs To Change

John Rennie Short, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Globalization is under attack. The electoral victory of Donald Trump, the Brexit vote and the rise of an aggressive…

What China's Export Machine Can Teach Trump About Globalization

Penelope B. Prime, Georgia State University
At the Olympics in Rio this summer, Chinese companies supplied the mascot dolls, much of the sports equipment, the…

Why America Needs A New Social Contract To Ensure The Economy Works For All

Thomas Kochan, MIT Sloan School of Management
The recent U.S. election exposed two major intersecting fault lines in America that, if left unchecked, could soon…

The Central Pacific El Niño Gets A Little Less Mysterious

Super User
A new theoretical model may lead to timelier, accurate forecasts of the central Pacific El Niño, an important…

How Trump Is About To Deliver A Knockout Punch To His Union Supporters

Raymond Hogler, Colorado State University
I’ve written before on how the decline of organized labor beginning in the late 1970s gave birth to the backlash that…

Our Political Beliefs Predict How We Feel About Climate Change

Neil Levy, University of Oxford
The man who called global warming a fabrication invented by the Chinese to make US manufacturing less competitive is…

Without Empathy For Trump Voters, Activists Can’t Succeed

George Lakey, Waging NonViolence
This was a highly emotional election, and we need time to feel our feelings and sort out what it means for us and for…

What To Do About The Climate Change Hotspots

Barbara Neumann, University of Kiel and Sylvia Szabo, University of Southampton
The consequences of climate change are already being felt all over the globe. But some regions are particularly…

Is The Cuban Healthcare System Really As Great As People Claim?

Rich Warner, Anglia Ruskin University
Pundits have been discussing the merits (or not) of Fidel Castro’s legacy as his body lies in state.

Unlike Adults, Teens Pitch In Despite Income Inequality

Rachel Harrison, New York University
New research links income inequality with greater civic engagement among young people—particularly among young people…

Mexicans Are Migrating, Just Not Across The US Border

Jeffrey H. Cohen, The Ohio State University and Bernardo Ramirez Rios, Skidmore College
Mexican migration to the U.S. is in decline. The Pew Hispanic Research Center has found that since 2009, more than one…

5 Reasons Why Cutting NASA’s Climate Research Would Be A Colossal Mistake

James Dyke, University of Southampton
Will President Trump really slash funding of NASA’s “politicized” climate change science?

How Fidel Castro Changed His Small Island At The Center Of The World

Mervyn Bain, University of Aberdeen
Late on November 25 2016, it was announced that one of the last remaining iconic political figures of the 20th century,…

How Nations Are Playing The Long Game In Fighting Global Warming

John Thwaites and Scott Ferraro, Monash University
While much of the media focus at this month’s climate meeting in Marrakech (COP22) was on US President-elect Donald…

California, Washington, And Oregon Versus Trumpland

Robert Reich
California is now the capital of liberal America. Along with its neighbors Oregon and Washington, it will be a nation…

Is The Amount Of Teacher Outreach Affected By Student Racial Stereotypes?

Rachel Harrison, New York University
Teachers communicate with parents based on their racial and immigrant backgrounds—not just their child’s academic…

What Happens If China And Europe Form The World's Most Powerful Climate Block

Christian Downie, UNSW Australia
It seems almost certain that US President-elect Donald Trump will walk away from the Paris climate agreement next year.…

Why Would Falling Disability Benefits Cause People to Stop Working?

Nick Buffie, CEPR
A common argument for the decline in employment in recent years is that more workers are dropping out of the labor…

The First 100 Day Of The Trumpland Resistance Agenda

Robert Reich
Trump’s First 100 Day agenda includes repealing environmental regulations, Obamacare, and the Dodd-Frank Act, giving…

Do Conservatives Value Moral Purity More Than Liberals?

Kate Johnson and Joe Hoover, University of Southern California
In the wake of Donald Trump’s election, the overwhelming response among progressives was “how in the world did this…

Fixing Obamacare: Four Ways To Address Rising Costs And Less Choice

Mark Humphery-Jenner, UNSW Australia
Repealing Obamacare was central to both Donald Trump’s, and the Republican party’s, policy platforms. The…

How The World Reached The Brink Of Nuclear War Not Once But Twice In 1983

Nick Blackbourn, Edinburgh Napier University
In the autumn of 1983, at the height of Cold War tensions, the world was only saved from nuclear disaster by the gut…

Why Victims Are Always The Harmless, Easy Targets Of Dirty Politics

Alexander Douglas, University of St Andrews
The word “scapegoat” is being used a lot in discussions about politics in 2016. The new US president-elect, Donald…

It Wasn't Just Fake News Presenting A Fake Hillary Clinton

Leigh Gilmore, Wellesley College
Despite Hillary Clinton’s long and demonstrable commitment to public service and liberal reform, many voters in the…

If Journalists Want To Determine The Truth, Here's How Artificial Intelligence Can Help

Kurt Barling, Middlesex University
When I started in TV journalism three decades ago, pictures were still gathered on film. By the time I left the BBC in…

In Search Of A "Bob Marley": It's Time To Create New Reggae Dialogues

Deanne Bell, Antioch College
Dear Bob, It’s been 35 years since your death, yet no other singer or songwriter has articulated both the condition of…

A Philosophical Critique Of Libertarian Economics

Peter Lindsay, Georgia State University
The focus of my research as a political philosopher is on matters of economic justice. I ask questions such as: Are…

Why Repealing Obamacare May Not Be As Easy As Trump Thinks

Bill Custer, Georgia State University
Candidate Trump repeatedly called for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act during the campaign, but it is…

Why Donald Trump Should Read The Wizard Of Oz

Janet Greenlees, Glasgow Caledonian University
Donald Trump may have won the American presidency by promoting himself as the candidate for the common people to…

Why The Deportation Of Illegal Immigrates Is One Giant Economic Screwup

Peter Dixon, Victoria University and Maureen Rimmer, Victoria University
US President-elect Donald Trump has proposed deporting millions of undocumented immigrants, which proved appealing to…

Will China Lead On Climate Change As The US Appears Out Of The Running?

Channing Arndt, United Nations University
The election of Donald Trump as president of the United States is bad news for the global environment. He has made it…

Clouds Slow Down Warming In The Short Term

Tim Radford, Climate News Network
US scientists think the effect clouds have on global warming may be underestimated. New research shows that clouds…

A Dying Mule Always Kicks the Hardest

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, BillMoyers.com
The reactionary wave that swept across America with the election of Donald Trump is not an anomaly in our history. It…

Why Every American Deserves a Guaranteed Minimum Income From Common Wealth

Peter Barnes
The big, rarely asked question about our current economy is who gets the benefits of common wealth? Common wealth has…

What Will The World Actually Look Like At 1.5°C Of Warming?

Richard Betts, University of Exeter
The high ambition of the Paris Agreement, to limit global warming to “well below 2°C”, was driven by concern over…

What’s The Best Way To Improve Bee Habitat?

Lindsey Konkel, Ensia
Each morning last summer, Michael Roswell walked through restored meadows and abandoned New Jersey farm fields, where…

How Losing Forests On One Side Affects The Other Side Of The World

Hannah Hickey, University of Washington
When a forest disappears, vegetation on the other side of the world can feel significant effects, new research shows.

Will A President Trump Return To The Wild West Days Of Banking

Ioannis Glinavos, University of Westminster
A stream of commentary has set out to explain the electoral success of Donald Trump as a reaction to globalisation and…

After 2014 And 2015 Records 2016 Set For Another Hottest Year

Blair Trewin, World Meteorological Organization
2016 is set to be the world’s hottest year on record. According to the World Meteorological Organization’s preliminary…

Just Who Are The Millions Of Criminals Trump Wants To Deport?

Luis Gómez Romero, University of Wollongong
In an interview with CBS’s 60 Minutes, United States president-elect Donald Trump highlighted some campaign promises…

Is Paul Ryan's Dream of Gutting Medicare About to Come True?

Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams
Trump's transition site says administration will 'modernize Medicare'—code for Ryan-style death by privatization

How California, Nevada And Washington Tightened Firearms Regulations

Bindu Kalesan, Boston University and Sandro Galea, Boston University
About 1.5 million people have been shot by a gun, 468,758 fatally, in the United States over the past 15 years. The…

Why A Fractured Nation Needs To Remember King's Message Of Love

Joshua F.J. Inwood, Pennsylvania State University
The 2016 election campaign was arguably the most divisive in a generation. And even after Donald Trump’s victory,…

Trump’s $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan: Lincoln Had a Bolder Solution

Ellen Brown
Donald Trump was an outsider who boldly stormed the citadel of Washington DC and won. He has promised real change, but…

How Climate Change Is Affecting All Life On Earth

Brett Scheffers, University of Florida and James Watson, The University of Queensland
More than a dozen authors from different universities and nongovernmental organizations around the world have…

China Grapples With The Mixed Blessing Of A Trump Victory

Niv Horesh, Durham University
Donald Trump’s rise to the presidency was followed with amazement and apprehension across East Asia. China in…