Introducing “The Heatstroke Line”: A Modern Portrayal of Post-Climate Change America

In his new book, “The Heatstroke Line,” Edward Rubin explores an America ravaged by the disastrous effects of climate change. Coastal cities have become uninhabitable, sweltering heat devastates the interior and an ensuing civil war has broken the nation into smaller successor states and dozens of tiny principalities. Canada, where the climate remains tolerable, dominates

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Pakistan’s Heatstroke Epidemic is a Sign of Things to Come if we Don’t Take Action on Climate Change

  The killer heat wave currently afflicting southern Pakistan provides us with a vivid image of what the world will look like for our children and our grandchildren if we don’t take action against human-induced climate change.  Of course, everyone except James Inhofe – who is unfortunately the chair of the Senate Committee on Environment

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Second Thoughts about Steven Pinker’s Better Angels of Our Nature and the New Morality

Recent cases of horrific, cold-blooded murders lead one to wonder about Steven Pinker’s intriguing hypothesis that human history leads naturally, if not inevitably, to the decline of violence.   From Dylann Roof going to a church service and then pulling out a gun and shooting everyone in sight, to Islamic fundamentalists calmly beheading and incinerating captured

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With Pope Francis’ Encyclical, the Climate Change Deniers Have Become Papal Morality Deniers As Well

Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change, Laudato Sii, presents American conservatives with a serious dilemma.  For several decades, they have been relying on the Catholic Church to support their political position on issues such as birth control, abortion, homosexuality and women’s rights.  Now, the leader of the Church, in the most definitive type of statement

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