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Parents and Generation Hot on NPR’s “Living on Earth”

In an interview with “Living on Earth’s” Steve Curwood, Mark discusses what parents and communities can do to prepare for climate change and reads aloud the letter to his daughter in the year 2020 that concludes HOT. Listen to it… Read more

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Blasting Climate “Journalistic Malpractice” on PBS

In an interview with host Alison Stewart of PBS’s “Need To Know,” Mark blasts the “journalistic malpractice” by the US news media that has given climate deniers a new lease on life and names some of the localities that are most at risk from climate impacts. Watch it… Read more

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Time Book Review

By Bryan Walsh If you judged the severity of climate change by its media coverage–which has vanished like a mountain glacier over the past year–you might think the problem had been solved. Wrong. The planet’s fever is still rising, and we have fundamentally failed to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. As Mark Hertsgaard writes in his dire new book, Hot, that’s going to make the ability to adapt to climate change the difference between life and death. A veteran environment journalist (who has written for TIME), Hertsgaard circled the globe to… http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2044713,00.html Read more:… Read more

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Christian Science Monitor Names HOT #1 Non-Fiction To Read in 2011

1. Hot, by Mark Hertsgaard “Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth,” by Mark Hertsgaard (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 352 pp.) How will our children – and their children – survive the environmental challenges ahead? Mark Hertsgaard’s answers to that question are lucid, realistic, and offer reason for hope…. Read more

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San Francisco Chronicle Review by Michael Brune

At a moment when elected officials beholden to dirty coal and oil are recklessly trying to undermine the Environmental Protection Agency’s responsibility to protect the health of Americans, students at Penn State and Purdue University have joined a chorus of young people demanding that the nation ditch the dirty past and move into the clean-energy future. President Obama visited Penn State this week to learn about energy-efficient technologies at the school’s Energy Innovation Hub. While he was there, I hope he also learned something from the students. They collected petition signatures, hosted rallies, and built coalitions with faculty and alumni to demand that the university end its use of coal on campus. And they won. At Purdue, students and activists prevailed this week when the… Read more

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Glowing New York Times review of HOT

Poisoning the Well Torsten Blackwood/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images By WEN STEPHENSON Published: February 4, 2011 // http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/06/books/review/Stephenson-t.html?nl=books&emc=booksupdateema3 I  haven’t had the talk yet with my kids: my 11-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter. I mean the one about global warming, about what’s coming. But then, we grown-ups haven’t had the talk yet among ourselves. Not really. We don’t seem to know how: the topic is apparently too big and scary. Or perhaps, for the uninformed (or misinformed), not scary enough. We might take a cue from Mark Hertsgaard’s “Hot,” which raises the emotional stakes while keeping a clear head. This was the first book on climate change that not only frightened me… Read more

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HOT

By now, almost everyone knows what Edward Snowden did: leak top secret documents revealing that the US government was spying on hundreds of millions of people around the world. But if you want to know why Snowden did it, the way he did it, you need to know the stories of two other men.


The first is Thomas Drake, who blew the whistle on the very same surveillance ten years before Snowden did and got crushed. The other is The Third Man, a former senior Pentagon official who comes forward in this book for the first time to describe how his superiors repeatedly broke the law to punish Drake—and unwittingly taught Snowden how to evade their clutches.


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About Mark

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.

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