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“A Great Green Wall for Africa” in Le Monde Diplo

Le Monde Diplomatique, the monthly foreign affairs publication of the venerable French newspaper Le Monde, has published my article, “A Great Green Wall for Africa,” in its French, German and Spanish editions of November 2011. An excerpt from the French edition follows below; to read the entirety, you need to subscribe online. An English language version of the article has been published by The Nation but for the moment is behind a pay wall. I’ll post an electronic version when it’s available, though of course you can always buy a hard copy on the newsstand or, better yet, subscribe! This article will also be published soon by the two leading newspapers in The Netherlands and Italy, the NRC Handelsblad and La Repubblica, respectively. Le Monde Diplomatique, November… Read more

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Memo to Congress: No Secret Farm Bill

The Nation, November 2, 2011, by Mark Hertsgaard: Providing yet another reason for its 9 percent approval rating, Congress is attempting to write the nation’s next farm bill in secrecy—sneaking it into law as part of the deficit reduction package to be produced by the “supercommittee.” This anti-democratic maneuvering could determine the shape of one of the most important—and controversial—pieces of legislation Congress considers, sometimes called the food bill because of its enormous influence over what Americans (especially children) eat, what food costs (here and overseas), whether our food is safe to eat and whether 45 million impoverished Americans (again, about half of them children) continue to receive food stamps. The bill also helps determine whether agriculture… Read more

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Generation Hot Meets With Obama

From TheNation.com, April 18, 2011:  http://www.thenation.com/article/160001/obama-thousands-young-climate-activists-push-me Obama to Thousands of Young Climate Activists: Push Me By Mark Hertsgaard Bring to Washington, DC, 10,000 political organizers who are willing to play hardball, and you can get serious face time with the president of the United States. Even if you aren’t yet 25 years old. Shortly after 4 pm last Friday, April 15, Barack Obama dropped in unexpectedly on a White House meeting that his aides were holding with the Energy Action Coalition, a network of climate change groups on college campuses that had drawn the 10,000 organizers to its PowerShift conference in the nation’s capital. Interviews with multiple sources in the room indicate that Obama spent… Read more

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Climate Science Saved…For Now

When it looked like Obama was going to cave in to Republican threats to eviscerate the EPA, including its scientific findings about climate change threatening human health, green activists pushed back for once…and the results speak for themselves. See… Read more

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Climate change: Galileo moment for GOP

BY Mark Hertsgaard | POLITICO Will it take the Republican Party as long to accept modern science as it took the Roman Catholic Church? The church waited 359 years to admit Galileo was right — the earth does move around the sun. Not until 1992 did the Vatican officially withdraw its condemnation of the man Albert Einstein called the father of modern science. Today, even children know that the earth revolves around the sun. But that idea was heresy to the 17th-century church. When Galileo would not abandon his views, the Inquisition put him on trial in 1633. He was forced to recant under penalty of death, then lived under house arrest for the rest of his life. Now the House Republican majority is launching its own attack on Galileo’s scientific descendants. Rejecting… Read more

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Vanity Fair climate hero Mohammed Nasheed

I nominate the president of the Maldives, Mohammed Nasheed, to the Vanity Fair “Hall of Fame” for his work fighting against climate change and for human rights:… 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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