Stories by Mark Hertsgaard

Mark Hertsgaard, the environment correspondent for The Nation, is the author of six books, including "Earth Odyssey: Around the World In Search of Our Environmental Future" and, most recently, "HOT: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth." subscribe to Mark Hertsgaard's feed

Posted on: Jun 10, 2013, Source: The Nation

A conversation about a new documentary "Pandora's Promise," its provocative claims—and the facts it leaves out.

Posted on: Feb 4, 2013, Source: The Nation

Obama already has it in his power to slash greenhouse gas emissions and thereby limit the damage climate change inflicts in the years ahead. But will he exercise that power?

Posted on: Oct 31, 2012, Source: The Nation

For decades, scientists have been warning that global warming would bring a catastrophic increase in extreme weather. When will we start listening?

Posted on: Dec 15, 2011, Source: The Nation

The Durban deal -- if left unchanged -- guarantees that we will fail to avoid catastrophic and potentially irreversible climate change.

Posted on: Oct 3, 2011, Source: Salon

A new lawsuit reveals contradictory stories about an illicit $1 million campaign contribution from “Swift Boat” funder.

Posted on: Sep 30, 2011, Source: Salon

The Global warming-denying governor and presidential candidate can't escape a major reckoning at home.

Posted on: Apr 18, 2011, Source: The Nation

Obama met with young climate activists and they didn't let the president off easy on his environmental priorities.

Posted on: Jan 27, 2011, Source: The Nation

Here's a plan to confront the climate cranks face to face, on camera, and call them to account for the dangers they have set in motion.

Posted on: Sep 29, 2010, Source: AlterNet

No matter how many solar panels, electric cars and other green technologies, the fact remains that more severe climate change is locked in for decades to come.

Posted on: May 3, 2010, Source: The Nation

But key parts of the media have reverted to their longstanding posture of scientific illiteracy and de facto complicity with the deniers' disinformation campaign.

Posted on: Dec 12, 2009, Source:

The divide between big emitters and at-risk nations deepened, threatening the prospects of reaching a climate deal.

Posted on: Oct 14, 2009, Source: The Nation

A frightening new climate change study says the United States must eliminate its enormous rate of carbon emission within ten years.

Posted on: Mar 12, 2009, Source: The Nation

It would be a crash program to jump-start the transition to a global economy that is climate-friendly and climate-resilient.

Posted on: Jun 5, 2008, Source: The Nation

The debate over the Climate Security Act shows how the next Congress, and the next President, will address the most urgent issue facing us.

Posted on: Apr 28, 2008, Source: The Nation

The era of cheap, abundant petroleum is just about over. How ready are we to change our habits?

Posted on: Oct 25, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Mark Hertsgaard: Al Gore is apparently considering an invitation from a prominent environmental group to engage in civil disobedience against the construction of new coal-fired power plants.

Posted on: Jul 24, 2006, Source: The Nation

For the first time, an African-American is at the helm of a major green group. Is environmentalism finally breaking free of its wealthy, white confines?

Posted on: Feb 14, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Emissions have gone too far and global warming is unavoidable. What is needed is recognition and a willingness to confront the very real challenges ahead.

Posted on: Nov 30, 2004, Source: Dragonfly Media

Twenty years later, the Dow/Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal continues to wreak havoc on the lives of thousands. And yet corporate officials have never answered for their actions.

Posted on: May 10, 2004, Source: The Nation

20 years after the chemical spill killed over 20,000 in India, the CEO of Union Carbide remains a fugitive, DOW is planning a new factory, and two outspoken victims win a major award.

Posted on: Feb 23, 2004, Source: The Nation

A Pentagon report indicates that climate change looks much more imminent than previously thought. Will the cold, hard data galvanize the administration?

Posted on: Oct 19, 2003, Source:

After years of internal bickering and distance from other progressive groups, can environmentalists walk the walk of unity and cooperation?

Posted on: May 21, 2003, Source: AlterNet

With the supposedly moderate Whitman out, Bush will redefine his approach to the environment -- a critical battleground in 2004. Of course, Republicans aren't going to change their environmental policies -- just how they talk about them.

Posted on: Jan 29, 2003, Source: The Nation

Bush's environmental record after two years is remarkably odious, considering his "achievements" have all been due to economic, military and energy policies.

Posted on: Jan 13, 2002, Source: Salon

The EPA's ombudsman says Whitman muzzled him for criticizing a sweetheart Superfund settlement with a big investor in her husband's firm.

Posted on: Nov 19, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Serious trouble is brewing in Mexico following President Vincente Fox's Nov. 8 release of the peasant environmentalists Rodolfo Montiel and Teodoro Cabrera.

Posted on: Oct 14, 2001, Source:

Congressional Republicans are using terrorism fears to advance the Bush administration's energy policy, ignoring the plan's enormous long-term cost.

Posted on: Jun 24, 2001, Source:

The government helped launch the digital revolution by investing in technology -- so why not do the same to create an energy-efficient economy?

Posted on: Mar 31, 2000, Source:

Thousands of environmental activists will converge on Washington to protest the World Bank this weekend, and with good reason. Instead of financing rainforest destruction and climate change, the Bank should support a Global Green Deal: a program to renovate human civilization environmentally from top to bottom while truly fighting poverty. Mark Hertsgaard explains how it could be done.