Peter Kalmus

Peter Kalmus

Peter Kalmus is a climate scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (speaking on his own behalf). He lives in suburban Los Angeles on one-tenth the fossil fuel of the average American. His book is “Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution.”

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Demonstrators are seen chanting slogans during the global climate strike in March 2019. In September 2019, thousands of people from all over the world plan to rally to mark the one-year anniversary of the climate strike movement, which teenaged advocate Greta Thunberg began last year. Views
Sunday, September 15, 2019
How to Live With the Climate Crisis Without Becoming a Nihilist
The climate crisis has moved into everyday life and it can feel overwhelming. Hurricane Dorian, which left more than 70,000 people homeless, was an instance of this climate breakdown. A hotter ocean means stronger storms, a higher sea means worse flooding, a hotter atmosphere means more rain...
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“There is overwhelming research that distress and anxiety relating to climate is on the rise.”  (Photo: Milamai/Getty Images) Views
Friday, August 10, 2018
The Best Medicine for My Climate Grief
Sometimes a wave of climate grief breaks over me. It happens unexpectedly, perhaps during a book talk, or while on the phone with a congressional representative. In a millisecond, without warning, I’ll feel my throat clench, my eyes sting, and my stomach drop as though the Earth below me is falling...
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Monday, December 25, 2017
A Radical Vision for Food: Everyone Growing It for Each Other
I grow a half-dozen fruit trees along my 40-foot stretch of sidewalk. The generous fig tree just finished, two young apple trees and a pomegranate are full of bounty, and the kumquat and persimmon are ripening. As much as I love the simple act of orcharding, I’m also sharing a radical vision for...
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