mark hertsgaard

Independent Journalist & Author


Extreme Weather–Get Used To It!

A preliminary scientific report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reportedly confirms what scientists have been saying for years now and I reported in HOT: climate change is already helping to boost the number and severity of extreme weather events around the world, such as the record drought afflicting Texas and the rains and floods threatening Bangkok. My colleague at the Associated Press, science reporter Seth Borenstein, got hold of a draft report that is due to be finalized soon in preparation for the international climate negotiations beginning later this month in South Africa. Seth is careful to note that the report may be amended before final publication, but the overall message is unlikely to change much; read his story here:

All the more reason to urge the Obama administration and the other governments gathering in South Africa to drop their foot-dragging and agree on binding, ambitious plans to prevent the impending climate catastrophe.



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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.