The Guardian on Al Gore Climate hawk, and former vice president, Al Gore called on Obama to "act boldly to solve the climate crisis, to begin solving it" in an interview he did with the Guardian. Gore said: 'He has the mandate. He has the opportunity, and he has the inherent ability to provide the leadership needed. I really hope that he will, and I will respectfully ask him to do exactly that." Specifically, Suzanne Goldenberg writes, Gore wants a carbon tax and thinks this could help with the fiscal cliff too: "By including the carbon tax in the solution to the fiscal cliff we can [get] away from the climate cliff."
The New York Times on the a "real-life Indiana Jones" Craig Leisher tells the story of Alfred Russel Wallace, the favorite historical figure of conservation biologists. A friend of Charles Darwin, Wallace was, in Leisher's words, "intrepid, curious about everything, and he worked simultaneously at the theoretical and practical levels as no one before or after ever has." He spent four years in the Amazon and nearly eight "island-hopping" the Indonesian archipelago. So why is he so favored? His "unlikely climb to prominence, his 12 years spent in wild places before the advent of DEET and antibiotics, his fortitude in surviving disease and multiple shipwrecks, and his ability to go deep into subtle distinctions between species as well as wide into how one species evolves into another."