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Mr. Andrew Revkin

Mr. Andrew Revkin is a distinguished environmental journalist and the Founding Director of the Initiative on Communication and Sustainability at the Earth Institute of Columbia University.

He has spent 40 years reporting on environmental challenges and choices, mostly for The New York Times. He began covering global warming in 1988 and never stopped, filing award-winning stories from the North Pole, Amazon rain forest, White House, and beyond. A 2006 Guggenheim Fellowship helped him launch his pioneering and award-winning Dot Earth blog at The Times.

From 2010 through 2016, he served on the Anthropocene Working Group, the expert body commissioned to weigh evidence humans had become such a force for planetary change that we were creating a new geological epoch. He’s written five books, including “The Burning Season,” a prize-winning biography of slain rainforest defender Chico Mendes that was the basis for the 1994 HBO film of the same name. He helped build programs or courses fostering communication impact at the National Academy of Sciences, Columbia and Pace University, and the National Geographic Society.

Mr. Revkin runs a webcast, Sustain What, that has reached several million viewers through 400 episodes. Subscribe to his related newsletter at In spare moments he is a performing songwriter. He lives on the Maine coast with his wife and sometime co-author Lisa Mechaley.