Climate of Denial Download the document that Sen. James Inhofe and Myron Ebell don’t want you to see—the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s “National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change”—at usgcrp.gov. Get hot and bothered digging into the scientiﬁc assessments of the United Nations-backed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change at ipcc.ch. So what if he’s an M.D.? Check out the Pew Center on Global Climate Change’s scathing rebuke of Michael Crichton’s “less-than-commanding understanding” of global warming science. Join the ranks of the “carbon-neutral,” including Leonardo DiCaprio(!), by paying Future Forests to plant CO2-hungry trees to offset your greenhouse emissions. Environmental Defense is soliciting 1 million signatures to demand the passage of the McCain-Lieberman Climate Stewardship Act at undoit.org.
Some Like It Hot Trace the web of data-denying, fossil fuel apologists at MotherJones.com and ExxonSecrets.org. Don’t purge your portfolio, join the shareholder ecoactivists at Campaign ExxonMobil. Climate friendly execs can network through the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies.
Snowed E Magazine’s Feeling the Heat: Dispatches from the Frontlines of Climate Change (Routledge, 2004) presents original reporting on telltale signs from New York to New Delhi. Theheatisonline.org is the companion site to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ross Gelbspan’s reporting on global warming.
Feeling the Burn Check out more harbingers of our overheating planet at climatehotmap.org. Don’t tell Dick Cheney, but even the Environmental Protection Agency acknowledges the perils of man-made global warming, detailing its effects in all 50 states.
Medicating Aliah The Center for Science in the Public Interest posts research scientists’ ties to the pharmaceutical industry at cspinet.org. The National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy is campaigning against involuntary psychiatric intervention and “forced-drugging” laws. For more on the corporate pushers of Risperdal and other new-generation antipsychotic meds, read Robert Whitaker’s Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill (Perseus, 2002).
Ghost Children of Big Mango Download “The State of the World’s Children 2005: Childhood Under Threat” at unicef.org. The Aulia Foundation provides education and health care for girls living on Jakarta’s streets. View other photographs from this project at jamesnachtwey.com.
The Middleman Read more on the nuclear black market’s middlemen at the Institute for Science and International Security’s exportcontrols.org. A timeline of Pakistan’s path to becoming a nuclear proliferator can be found at the Federation of American Scientists’ website. Looking at Pakistan and beyond, Nathan E. Busch explores the dangerous spread of nukes in No End in Sight: The Continuing Menace of Nuclear Proliferation (University Press of Kentucky, 2004).
The Side Effects of Truth Sign the Consumers Union’s petition for the FACT Act, which would force drug companies to disclose their clinical-trial results. Fran Hawthorne, author of The Merck Druggernaut (Wiley, 2003), takes on the regulators in her latest book, Inside the FDA: The Business and Politics Behind the Drugs We Take and the Food We Eat (Wiley, 2005).
Battlespace America The Constitution Project’s Liberty and Security Initiative seeks bipartisan support of civil rights during the war on terror. The existence of Bush’s northcom commando guards was ﬁrst reported in William Arkin’s fascinatingly dense Code Names: Deciphering U.S. Military Plans, Programs and Operations in the 9/11 World (Steerforth Press, 2005).
Pay Now, Pay Later “Rent-to-own is really bent!” proclaims the catchy public-service rap penned by the Consumers League of New Jersey; download a free MP3 at clnj.org. For a detailed look at the lobbying of the rent-to-own industry, visit the U.S. Public Interest Research Group’s website.
Pocket Protector Uninsured patients facing outrageous hospital bills can contact K.B. Forbes’ Consejo de Latinos Unidos at 1-800-474-7576 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Service Employees International Union’s Hospital Accountability Project also pushes hospitals to put patients before proﬁt margins; get involved at hospitalmonitor.org.
The Parent Trap The AARP is crusading against Bush’s Social Security privatization plan; sign up for action alerts at its website. Historian Edward D. Berkowitz explores Social Security’s bumpy evolution in his portrait of one of the program’s staunchest defenders, Robert Ball and the Politics of Social Security (University of Wisconsin, 2003).
GigaFight Lobby your governor for public broadband by logging on to Consumers Union’s hearusnow.org website. Dial in to community efforts to build free wireless networks at muniwireless.com. Annie Collins’ Fiber for Our Future chronicles her community’s broadband battle at tricitybroadband.com.
Living to Tell the Tale Coedited by Jonathan Safran Foer, The Future Dictionary of America (McSweeney’s, 2004) catalogs the vocabulary we’ll need to get through the next four years. The movie version of Everything Is Illuminated is scheduled for release in August.