Mark Hertsgaard

Mark Hertsgaard (markhertsgaard.com), a fellow of The Nation Institute and The Nation's environment correspondent, is the author of five books, which have been translated into sixteen languages. His next book, Living Through the Storm: How We Survive the Next 50 Years of Climate Change, is forthcoming from Houghton-Mifflin.

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Young people and their allies across the world took part in the largest global climate protests in history on September 20, 2019, demanding globale leaders act immediately and urgently to stop the climate crisis. (Photo: Simon Maina/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Saturday, August 08, 2020
Will Climate Break Through in Big Media's Elections Coverage?
This story is republished here as part of Covering Climate Now , a global journalistic collaboration—of which Common Dreams is a part—to strengthen coverage of the climate story. On November 4, the United States will officially leave the Paris climate accord. The accord, agreed upon five years ago...
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The public sees the urgency and actually wants more climate news. (Photo: Dinendra Haria/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, July 02, 2020
The Climate Emergency Won't Wait for the Press to Play Catch-up
This story originally appeared in The Guardian , The Nation , and the Columbia Journalism Review and is republished here as part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalistic collaboration to strengthen coverage of the climate story. TO HEAR MANY JOURNALISTS TELL IT , the spring of 2020 has...
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The environmental justice story has long been sitting there, waiting to be told. (Photo: Friends of the Earth International) Views
Thursday, June 18, 2020
Climate-Justice Stories Are in Every Community, Waiting to Be Told
“Every city has its George Floyd,” Rev. Jesse Jackson said after attending Floyd’s June 4 funeral service in Minneapolis. No stranger to white supremacist violence, Jackson was 26 when he witnessed the assassination of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King on a motel balcony in Memphis. The...
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Friday, June 02, 2017
Donald Trump’s Withdrawal From the Paris Accords Is a Crime Against Humanity
P resident Donald Trump confirmed his status as climate denier in chief today, guaranteeing his place in history as an enemy of both science and humanity. Trump’s withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Accord on climate change will not stop the rest of the world from continuing to advance...
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
The Other Keystone XL: On the Growing Fight over Cove Point
DON'T BE A FRACKING GASHOLE.
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Wednesday, January 09, 2013
President Obama: Start the Climate Conversation Now
Dear Mr. President, You promised, days after you were re-elected, that you would lead a national conversation about climate change during your second term. Well, here’s your chance, sir. Yesterday your own administration’s scientists have announced that 2012 was the hottest year on record for the Lower 48 states. This disturbing news provides all the opening you need.
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Thursday, November 01, 2012
Hurricane Sandy as Greek Tragedy
Never has a hurricane been more aptly, if tragically, named than Sandy, the superstorm that flooded New York City and battered much of the East Coast.
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Wednesday, October 03, 2012
10 Questions for Both Candidates on Energy and the Environment
Environmental issues often get short shrift in US presidential campaigns, and this year’s election has been no exception. In poll after poll, voters report that the economy is the decisive issue. But no economy, and no society, can function without what scientists call nature’s support services. To grow food we need healthy soil, fresh water and a stable climate. To sustain a productive work force, we need clean air and protection from pollution.
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Thursday, September 13, 2012
Harvesting a Climate Disaster
Farmers went to Washington yesterday. Members of a coalition representing more than 80 agricultural organizations rallied on Capitol Hill to demand passage of a new farm bill that has been stalled in Congress.
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Friday, July 27, 2012
Feel the Burn: Making the 2012 Heat Wave Matter
There have been two, maybe three, landmark heat waves in the history of man-made global warming. The first was in 1988. Then as now, the eastern two-thirds of the United States was broiling while relentless drought parched soil and withered crops across the Midwest.
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