Help Us Stay Paywall-Free

Democracy depends on the free exchange of ideas. Help sustain it with a tax-deductible donation today.

Burning Up

On global warming, climate change, and paths to a green future.

Join our newsletter to get our weekly, editor-selected reading lists delivered straight to your inbox.

It’s hot and getting hotter. This weekend, a record-breaking heat wave descended on much of the United States. In India, temperatures have blown past records in New Delhi, reaching 52.3° Celsius—a staggering 126.1° Fahrenheit. Apocalyptic flooding, as in Northern Italy and Pakistan, is becoming more common. Around the globe the predicted signs of climate crisis are posing ever more severe threats to human life.

This week’s reading list collects some of our most urgent writing on global warming, climate change, and paths to a green future. In the forum featured in our latest issue, Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò debates strategies for delinking the world economy from fossil fuels. Noam Chomsky and economist Robert Pollin discuss the political economy of saving the planet. Sunaura Taylor explains why a Green New Deal and Medicare for All are two sides of the same struggle. Leah C. Stokes and Matto Mildenberger dissect the trouble with carbon pricing.

Plus the lure of climate entrepreneurism, a close look at nuclear power, the limits of climate diplomacy, and more.

The defeat of fossil fuel interests is the first step to social justice.

Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò

Sunlight-friendly architecture could heat and illuminate buildings without expending any electricity.

David McDermott Hughes

Racial redress should be modeled on the global anticolonial tradition of worldbuilding.

Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò

Beyond carbon emissions and safety, the debate must also confront how the choices we make now constrain the kind of world we can build in the future.

Samuel Miller McDonald

Pushing back against the throw-away economy, the EU is designing an industrial policy around garbage.

Paul Hockenos

On life in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan—one of the most polluted cities in the world.

Erica X Eisen

Diplomacy isn’t enough. To decarbonize the economy, we must integrate bottom-up, local experimentation with top-down, global cooperation.

David G. Victor, Charles Sabel

Only a bold approach that centers politics can meet the scale of the climate crisis.

Leah C. Stokes, Matto Mildenberger

An interview with Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin on the climate crisis, COVID-19, and the future of environmental politics. 

C. J. Polychroniou, Robert Pollin, Noam Chomsky

Huge investors like BlackRock are forcing corporations to take action on emissions. But what does their power mean for democracy?

Madison Condon

Struggles for Medicare for All and a Green New Deal are two sides of the same coin.

Sunaura Taylor

On the lure of climate entrepreneurism.

Troy Vettese

The Anthropocene challenges liberalism’s vision of permanent progress. So why has it become another technocratic tool of liberal bureaucracy?

Geoff Mann

Most Recent

Hard-won legislation meant to limit or end solitary confinement has run up against the power of correctional systems to neutralize change.

Bonnie Tenneriello

A message from our publisher and coeditor-in-chief.

Deborah Chasman

The state structures society. It can make us more prone to care for one another.

Leah Hunt-Hendrix, Astra Taylor

Newsletter readers get 10% off

Boston Review is a political and literary forum—a public space for collective reasoning and imagination of a more just world.

Subscribe to our newsletters to get our latest essays, archival selections, reading lists, and exclusive editorial content (plus 10% off  our entire store).

Newsletter readers get 10% off

Boston Review is a political and literary forum—a public space for collective reasoning and imagination of a more just world.

Subscribe to our newsletters to get our latest essays, archival selections, reading lists, and exclusive editorial content (plus 10% off  our entire store).