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 and HOT: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth, as well as for various outlets. Follow him on his website: and on Twitter: @markhertsgaard


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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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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
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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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