Mark Hertsgaard

Mark Hertsgaard

Mark Hertsgaard is the environmental correspondent and investigative editor at large at The Nation and a co-founder of Covering Climate Now. He has covered climate change since 1989, reporting from 25 countries and much of the US in his books "Earth Odyssey: Around the World In Search of Our Environmental Future" (1999) and "HOT: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth" (2012),  as well as for various outlets. Follow him on his website: markhertsgaard.com and on Twitter: @markhertsgaard

 

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 American poet Amanda Gorman reads a poem during the the 59th inaugural ceremony on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. During today's inauguration ceremony Joe Biden becomes the 46th president of the United States. (Photo by Patrick Semansky-Pool/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, January 21, 2021
'If Only We’re Brave Enough to Be It': Amanda Gorman's Poem Rhymes with Biden’s Climate Agenda
For there is always light If only we’re brave enough to see it If only we’re brave enough to be it. Those are the closing words of “The Hill We Climb,” the stunning poem Amanda Gorman, the first Youth Poet Laureate of the United States, delivered yesterday at the inauguration of now-president Joe...
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"Indigenous people are leading the Peoples Climate March to send one clear message to Trump: keep your fossil fuels in the ground," said Dallas Goldtooth, campaigner for the Indigenous Environmental Network, ahead of the action. (Photo: Eman Mohammed/Survival Media Agency) Views
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Trump's Attacks on Democracy Threatens Climate Survival
It’s doubtful that Donald Trump or the bloodthirsty armed supporters who invaded the US Capitol threatening to kidnap or kill Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi were thinking much about climate change at the time. Nevertheless, the mob Trump unleashed to try to overturn...
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The press must measure the Biden administration’s actions against what the science demands. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, January 06, 2021
With Climate Action Finally on the Table, Journalists Must Redouble Their Commitment to the Climate Story
Humanity begins 2021 with a real chance to pull back from the brink of climate catastrophe. The odds get even better if Democrats win both Georgia run-off elections and take control of the US Senate. (At the time of writing, some outlets had reported a victory for Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff...
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News organizations have big megaphones, and in 2020 we used them well to help steer our societies through a terrible pandemic. (Photo: Takver/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
As 2020 Ends, It’s Time for News Outlets to Declare a "Climate Emergency"
“I call on all leaders worldwide to declare a State of Climate Emergency in their own countries until carbon neutrality is reached.” So said United Nations Secretary General António Guterres in his speech to the Climate Ambition Summit on December 12, the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement...
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United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, December 02, 2020
Humanity Faces Climate "Suicide" Without US Rejoining Paris Agreement, Says the UN Secretary General
“The way we are moving is a suicide,” United Nations Secretary General António Guterres said in an interview on Monday, and humanity’s survival will be “impossible” without the United States rejoining the Paris Agreement and achieving “net zero” carbon emissions by 2050, as the incoming Biden...
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"Removing Trump, then, is a necessary first step—but it is only a first step, a prerequisite to the difficult journey ahead. Where to turn next?" writes Hertsgaard. (Photo: Mike Kemp/In Pictures via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
The Fall of Trump Propels the Climate Story into a Decisive New Era
Donald Trump’s defeat in the US presidential election is the biggest development in the climate story in years, if only because it means that the story might not have a hellish ending after all. News columns and Zoom meetings are already abuzz with to-do lists and speculation about what the...
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This election, regardless of who wins, marks an opportunity for news outlets to recommit to the climate story, which will only become more important and all-encompassing in the years ahead. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images News / Getty Images) Views
Thursday, October 29, 2020
The World Is Burning, but the Political Press Insists on its Horserace
Last week, audiences watched the most substantive conversation on climate change to ever feature in a US presidential debate. Moderator Kristen Welker, of NBC News, first asked the candidates what each would do to combat climate change while also supporting job growth—a welcome improvement on...
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Climate Activists Protest Against Senate Leader Chuck Schumer Demanding He Sign On To Green New Deal. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty) Views
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Journalists Must Demystify The Green New Deal
In the first presidential debate, in September, Donald Trump was eager to attack his opponent’s $2 trillion plan to address the climate crisis. “He’s talking about a Green New Deal,” the president said, talking over Joe Biden. In the vice presidential debate, Mike Pence likewise assailed the Green...
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A second presidential term for Trump would be “game over” for the climate. That’s not Mann’s partisan judgement, he insisted. It’s straightforward math. (Photo: michael_swan/Flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, October 07, 2020
60 Minutes, The Guardian, and Game-changing New Science
On Sunday night, America met Michael Mann on “60 Minutes”, one of the country’s most watched and influential television news programs for nearly 50 years now. A professor at Penn State University, Mann is one of the world’s most eminent climate scientists, and also one of the most outspoken. The "...
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A polar bear leaps over melting ice, Svalbard Archipelago, Norway. (Photo: Paulette Sinclair/Alamy Stock Photo) Views
Friday, October 02, 2020
A Second Trump Term Would Be 'Game Over' for the Climate, Says Top Scientist
This article is published as part of Covering Climate Now, a collaboration of 400-plus news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story. The Guardian is the lead partner of CCN. Michael Mann, one of the most eminent climate scientists in the world, believes averting climate catastrophe on a...
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