Fred Pearce is a freelance author and journalist based in London. He has reported on environment, science and development issues from 64 countries over the past 20 years. Trained as a geographer, he has been environment consultant of New Scientist magazine since 1992.
He writes regularly for the Guardian, and was author of the newspaper’s 12-part investigation into the ‘climategate’ email controversy at the University of East Anglia. His book on this controversy, The Climate Files: The Battle for the Truth About Global Warming, was published in 2010.
Fred is a frequent lecturer, having spoken on all six continents in the past four years, and is a contributor to US newspapers and magazines. His books have been translated into 16 languages, and include Peoplequake: Mass Migration, Ageing Nations and the Coming Population Crash; Confessions of an Eco Sinner: Travels to Find Where My Stuff Comes From; The Last Generation: How Nature Will Take Her Revenge for Climate Change; When the Rivers Run Dry: What Happens When Our Water Runs Out?; Earth Then and Now: Amazing Images of Our Changing World; and Deep Jungle: Travel to the Heart of the Rainforest.
The Climate Files: The Battle for the Truth About Global Warming (Guardian Books, 2010)
Peoplequake: Mass Migration, Ageing Nations and the Coming Population Crash (Eden Project Books, 2010)
Three's a crowd: Reproduction and Population
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