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Articles by Mark Hertsgaard

Mark Hertsgaard is the environment correspondent for The Nation, a fellow at the New America Foundation, and a cofounder of Climate Parents. His six books include "HOT: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth."

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halfrainThe Earth’s plants and soils already hold three times as much carbon as the atmosphere does.

A gigantic, steaming-hot mound of compost is not the first place most people would search for a solution to climate change, but the hour is getting very late. “The world experienced unprecedented high-impact climate extremes during the 2001-2010 decade,” declares a new report from the United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization, which added that the decade was “the warmest since the start of modern measurements in 1850.” Among those extreme events: the European heat wave of 2003, which in a mere six weeks caused 71,449 excess deaths, according to a study sponsored by the European Union. In the United States alone, 2012 brought the hottest summer on record, the worst drought in 50 years, and Hurricane Sandy. Besides the loss of life, climate-related disasters cost the United States some $140 billion in 2012, a study by the Natural Resources Defense Council concluded.

We can expect to see more climate-related catastrophes soon. In May, scientists announced that carbon dioxide had reached 400 part... Read more

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