Table of Contents

Climate and Energy

Summer 2017


Climate engineering; Why carbon capture is not enough; Making big science decisions; Measuring research benefits; Bats and human health; Boundaries for biosecurity.

Editor’s Journal: No Time for Rubbernecking

Kevin Finneran

From the Hill

Trump budget proposal: gloomy, but just a proposal.

Perspective: Back from the Brink: Truth and Trust in the Public Sphere

Sheila Jasanoff

Perspective: Publish and Perish

Richard Harris

Perspective: Should Artificial Intelligence Be Regulated?

Amitai Etzioni, Oren Etzioni

Perspective: It’s the Partnership, Stupid

Ben Shneiderman, James Hendler

Perspective: Philosopher’s Corner: Genome Fidelity and the American Chestnut

Evelyn Brister

Rethinking the Social Cost of Carbon Dioxide

M. Granger Morgan, Parth Vaishnav, Hadi Dowlatabadi, Inês L. Azevedo

The standard benefit-cost methodology that is used to calculate marginal costs of environmental regulations should not be used for long-lasting greenhouse gases.

The Energy Rebound Battle

Ted Nordhaus

An embattled economist’s research shows that energy efficiency can’t solve climate change. But it is an important contributor to human progress.

Clean Energy Mind Games

David Ropeik

If policy makers want to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy, they should heed the lessons of the decision sciences and take another look at nuclear energy.

The Age of Weaponized Narrative, or, Where Have You Gone, Walter Cronkite?

Braden R. Allenby

Advanced information technologies are adding a new dimension to regional and global conflict and asymmetric warfare. The United States is an especially vulnerable target.

The Science Police

Keith Kloor

On highly charged issues, such as climate change and endangered species, peer review literature and public discourse are aggressively patrolled by self-appointed sheriffs in the scientific community.

Book Review: Culture Research

Kristin Bratton Nelson

The Vaccine Race: Science, Politics, and the Human Costs of Defeating Disease
, by 
Meredith Wadman.

Book Review: The End of the Line

G. Pascal Zachary

Cycles of Invention and Discovery: Rethinking the Endless Frontier
, by 
Venkatesh Narayanamurti and Toluwalogo Odumosu.

Book Review: A Coming of (Information) Age Story

David Auerbach

The Cybernetics Moment: Or Why We Call Our Age the Information Age
, by 
Ronald R. Kline.

Book Review: Histories of an Innovation Icon

Richard Van Atta

Imagineers of War: The Untold Story of DARPA, the Pentagon Agency that Changed the World
, by 
Sharon Weinberger
, and
The Pentagon’s Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America’s Top-Secret Military Research Agency
, by 
Annie Jacobsen