For twenty years, Mark Hertsgaard has written about global warming for outlets including the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Time, NPR, the BBC and The Nation. But the full truth did not hit home until he became a father and, soon thereafter, learned that climate change had already arrived―a century earlier than forecast―with impacts bound to worsen for decades to come. Hertsgaard’s daughter Chiara, now seven years old, is part of what he has dubbed “Generation Hot”–the two billion young people worldwide who will spend the rest of their lives coping with mounting climate disruption.
HOT, Hertsgaard’s latest book, is both a father’s cry against climate change and a deeply reported blueprint for how all of us―as parents, communities, companies and countries―can navigate this unavoidable new era. Writing in the New York Times Book Review, Wen Stephensen called HOT a “significant contribution” that “raises the emotional stakes while keeping a clear head… [Hertsgaard] presents a strong case that there is still time to make an enormous difference.”
MARK HERTSGAARD, called “one of America’s finest reporters” by Barbara Ehrenreich, is the author of five previous books that have been translated into sixteen languages, including On Bended Knee: The Press and the Reagan Presidency and Earth Odyssey: Around the World In Search of Our Environmental Future. He is a Fellow of the New America Foundation, the environment correspondent for The Nation, and a co-founder of the group, Climate Parents. A single father, he lives in San Francisco with his daughter, Chiara, who never fails to make him smile.