November/December 2009 Issue
Our best chance to fix global warming begins on December 7. Tick. Tick. Tick.
- Too Hot to Handle
The Copenhagen climate talks must succeed. Will they?
- Agents of Climate Change
A quick guide to carbon lobbyists...all 2,810 of them.
- To the Lifeboats
Meet the people of Tuvalu, the world's first climate refugees.
- The Last Breakup
Freak floods flattened Eagle, Alaska. One man's race against the water.
- The New Dust Bowl
The new Dust Bowl: Drought and climate change are drying up California's fertile Central Valley.
- Betting the Farm
Agribusiness got everything it wanted in the climate bill. Then it came back for more.
- GM's Money Trees
GM's plan to offset its SUVs misses the Brazilian rainforest for the trees.
- Earth in the Balance Sheet
Can you really save an ecosystem by slapping a price tag on it?
- Not Under my Backyard
Storing CO2 underground sounds like a great idea—unless it's benath your yard.
- Return of the Fungi
The holy grail of mushrooms could cure smallpox, TB, and maybe swine flu. Can Paul Stamets unlock its secrets before it's gone?
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OutfrontServing time at a pretend prison riot; Attica, Attica!; Denver's airport of doom; Ex-Lax fish—it's what's for dinner; rebranding slimy seafood; the best medicine money can bribe; emergency care for the uninsured; your DNA decoded (for dollars); everybody into the gene pool!
- Aboxalypse Now
- Rules of containment: killer clamshells, shrunken snacks, and other packages from our overwrapped world.
- Bank Buster
- Can an earnest populist Harvard prof police the bailout?
It's hard out there for an imp: Dave Gilson on the death of the prank; plus more book (Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal, There Is No Freedom Without Bread!, On Thin Ice: The Changing World of the Polar Bear), film (The Queen and I), and music (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead, Nasty Gal; Is It Love or Desire, Little Moon, Lights Out Zoltar!) reviews
- Don't Call Me Warrior
- Author Sherman Alexie on Obama's tribe, Indian wannabes, and why Kindles aren't sexy
- DJ Shadow's Killer App
- DJ Shadow dumps iTunes
- Lady, Lead On
- Ayelet Waldman on actresses of a certain age
- Is Your Eco-Label Lying?
- Peeling back your eco-labels: What does "natural" really mean?
Cover photos by: Somos Photography/Veer; Ausloeser/Corbis; John-Francis Bourke/Corbis; Elke Van De Velde/Corbis