mark hertsgaard

Independent Journalist & Author


Dark Climate Humor, Reflected From Africa

I’m in Senegal this week, reporting on European-African plans to create a “Great Green Wall” across the width of Africa to fight desertification, one of the many natural processes being disastrously accelerated as climate change intensifies. The good news is, there are lots of things that people can do to cope, as I report in HOT and in the excerpt from the book published in Scientific American (available on this site under the HOT Media tab). But as always, the main climate challenge is to keep the underlying problem–the overheating of our planet–from getting worse. Among other things, that requires breaking through the foolish, criminal denial of the problem that still permeates so much discussion in the United States, as the great Toles amusingly illustrates in the following cartoon:



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Independent journalist Mark Hertsgaard is the author of seven books that have been translated into sixteen languages, including Bravehearts: Whistle Blowing in the Age of Snowden; HOT: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth; and A Day in the Life: The Music and Artistry of the Beatles. He has reported from twenty-five countries about politics, culture and the environment for leading outlets, including The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Time, Mother Jones, NPR, the BBC and The Nation, where is the environment correspondent. He lives in San Francisco.