Andrew Revkin, Author at State of the Planet

Andrew Revkin is the founding director of the new Initiative on Communication and Sustainability at Columbia University's Earth Institute. There he is building programs, courses, tools and collaborations aimed at bridging gaps between science and society to cut climate risk and spread social and ecological resilience. Revkin has written on climate change for more than 30 years, reporting from the North Pole to the White House, the Amazon rain forest to the Vatican - mostly for The New York Times. He has won the top awards in science journalism multiple times and has written acclaimed books on the history of humanity’s relationship with weather, the changing Arctic, global warming and the assault on the Amazon rain forest, as well as three book chapters on science communication. His 1992 proposition that we’ve entered a “geological age of our own making” got him invited onto the Anthropocene Working Group, the expert team assessing evidence that Earth’s fate is being markedly reshaped by humans. The Golden-Globe-winning HBO film “The Burning Season” was based on Revkin’s biography of slain rain forest defender Chico Mendes. A lifelong musician, he was a frequent accompanist of Pete Seeger and is a performing songwriter. He lives in the Hudson River Valley.

Recent Posts

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As the Human Population Tops 8 Billion, a Look Beyond Bomb and Crash Panic Proclamations

After a two-century spike, huge demographic shifts are under way. Pay less attention to debates about explosions and collapse, and more to fostering girls’ rights and mobility.

by |November 15, 2022

Catastrophe Looms as Surge From Hurricane Ian Meets Fast-Growing Florida

This is a worst-case clash between an explosive storm and communities that grew explosively in a hurricane hiatus.

by |September 28, 2022
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It’s Essential to Act on Climate Emergencies, But a Mistake for Biden to Declare One

It’s important to clarify what a “climate emergency” means and then pursue actions.

by |July 22, 2022
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As Global Warming Fuels Record-Smashing Heat Emergencies, Cut Vulnerability Now and CO2 Always

Don’t let the heat, or the size of the climate problem, paralyze you. There are cool solution paths cutting climate risk down the block or around the world.

by |July 19, 2022
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The Webb Telescope’s Faraway Revelations, and Earth’s Here-and-Now Challenges

NASA has two missions: understanding and protecting the home planet, and exploring outer space. Both missions are necessary to building a sustainable future.

by |July 13, 2022
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Heat, Storm, Drought, Fire: Prolonged Climate Extremes as Cool La Niña Pacific Pattern Persists

As the tropical Pacific stays stuck in a cool phase, dangerous patterns persist worldwide.

by |June 13, 2022
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In Energy, Water and Climate Crises, Conservation is Still Too Often an Unmentionable ‘C’ Word

Whether the challenge is energy, mobility or water, addiction to the status quo has long cut against doing something incredibly effective at community scale: using less.

by |June 8, 2022
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To Improve Climate and Food Futures, We Need More Rewards for Connection Makers

The networked approach taken by World Food Prize Laureate Cynthia Rosenzweig shows a path to progress in facing rapid climate and societal change.

by |June 6, 2022

Meet Global Press: Filling Global News Gaps With Female Reporters

This innovative journalism network trains, publishes and protects reporters in many of the world’s least-covered, most troubled regions.

by |May 20, 2022

Beyond Earth Days

Tune in to Sustain What for justice songs, eel revivals, and myriad paths toward planetary progress today and every day.

by |April 22, 2022