Thursday Morning Linkage

23 May 2013, 0054 EDT

Here is your Thursday Morning Linkage. I’m going to start off with my usual conservation theme before turning to some other topics like a kerfuffle over mapping racial tolerance and the World Health Assembly (going on this week).

  • Amphibians are in trouble all across the U.S. and world (disease, climate change, farm chemicals), along with bees and bats, nature is trying to tell us something
  • Chinese bear bile farms are generating an uproar – in China!
  • Fish have been moving to cooler water for decades in reaction to climate change

Did you see the cross-national map of racial tolerance that lit up the blogosphere with back and forth?racial-tolerance-map-hk-fix

  • Max Fisher writing for the Washington Post posts a map of cross-national attitudes towards racial tolerance based on the World Values Survey
  • Critics question (“the cartography of bullshit“) whether race can be measured cross-nationally, find errors, and hammer Fisher for being a public intellectual
  • Drezner and Ulfelder think the critics go overboard
  • Saideman weighs in, wonders about a single metric to gauge races and what the questions actually ask
  • Aba Muqawama ponders the perils of data journalism

In other news, the World Health Assembly is meeting this week and Laurie Garrett is on it in a two parter (I, II) , for how the World Health Organization is trying to handle a very limited budget, big dreams for global health, lots of money tied up in infectious diseases, and a new big pushes for action on health systems and non-communicable diseases like diabetes.

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