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Mr. President, Start the Climate Conversation Now

My open letter to president Obama, after government scientists named 2012 the hottest year on record in the United States, urging him to (finally) start the national conversation he promised to lead on climate change:… Read more

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The End of Pasta, Courtesy of Climate Change?

Pasta is made from wheat, and wheat will be hit especially hard by the rising temperatures and other impacts of accelerating climate change. I report from North Dakota, long the source of some of the finest pasta wheat in the world, about how climate change has shifted the growing zone–right into the path of the biggest oil boom in recent history, the Bakken Oil Play. Read all about it in Newsweek:… Read more

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Latinos As the New Climate Champions

Latinos tipped the balance of the 2012 election by turning out in large numbers and choosing Obama over Romney by roughly 3 to 1. Additional polling and election results suggests that Latinos could provide the same decisive push for US politicians to finally get serious about climate solutions, as I report in this article for The Nation:… Read more

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Hurricane Sandy As Greek Tragedy

The Nation has just posted my article on climate change and the super-storm that has devastated New York City and much of the East Coast, “Hurricane Sandy As Greek Tragedy,” at: http://www.thenation.com/article/170918/hurricane-sandy-greek-tragedy/. A key snippet: Sandy is short for Cassandra, the Greek mythological figure whose warnings about the future were fated to be ignored. But America might still avoid Cassandra’s curse if its citizens break the stranglehold that Big Oil exercises over their government in… Read more

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10 Enviro Questions for Romney & Obama

10 Questions about the environment Romney and Obama should be asked in Denver were just posted on TheNation.com; please share them widely: http://www.thenation.com/article/170278/ten-questions-energy-and-environment-obama-and-romney-should-answer-debate/…. Read more

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1,000 Kids A Day: When Climate Change Kills

Climate change is now killing 400,000 people a year, the vast majority of them children who die from hunger and related diseases, according to a new study commissioned by 20 of the nations most vulnerable to climate change, as I report in The Daily Beast: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/09/27/climate-change-kills-400-000-a-year-new-report-reveals.html/…. 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 Drakeā€”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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