mark hertsgaard

Independent Journalist & Author


Help Typhoon Victims in Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan, the Category 5 mega-storm that slammed into the eastern Philippines on Friday, has left at least 10,000 people dead and many more injured while destroying vital water, electricity and transportation infrastructure, according to the latest news reports. The suffering is terrible, the need for outside assistance urgent.

If you feel so inclined, please join me in making a donation to Oxfam’s relief and rebuilding effort. In my years of reporting from various distressed situations around the world, I’ve been consistently impressed with Oxfam’s work, which combines immediate post-disaster aid with longer-term goals of development, justice and sustainability.

You can make a donation specifically for the Philippines here: Or call 1-800-776-9326 to donate by phone or mail.

Typhoon Haiyan underscores, yet again, the imperative of taking action on climate change. One year ago, as the Philippines reeled from another typhoon, one of its diplomats broke down in tears as he implored delegates at international climate negotiations: “no more delays, no more excuses.” Watch:



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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.