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Fred Pearce (30 December 1951) is an English author and journalist based in London. He is a science writer and has reported on the environment, popular science and development issues from 64 countries over the past 20 years. He specializes in global environmental issues, including water and climate change.[1]


Pearce is currently the environment consultant of New Scientist magazine and a regular contributor to the British newspapers Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent, and Times Higher Education. He has also written for several US publications including Audubon, Foreign Policy, Popular Science, Seed, and Time.

Pearce has written a wide range of books on environment and development issues published in both the UK and US, including the following:

  • 1989 - Turning Up the Heat: Our perilous future in the global greenhouse   ISBN 0-370-31260-0
  • 1991 - Green warriors: The people and the politics behind the environmental revolution
  • 2004 - Keepers of the Spring: Reclaiming Our Water In An Age Of Globalization
  • 2005 - Deep Jungle (also a TV series)
  • 2006 - Last Generation: How nature will take her revenge for climate change[2]
  • 2007 - When the Rivers Run Dry: What happens when our water runs Out?[3]
  • 2007 - Fragile Earth   ISBN 0-00-723314-0 contributor
  • 2008 - With Speed and Violence: Why scientists fear tipping points in climate change   ISBN 0-8070-8577-4
  • 2008 - Earth: Then and now, including a foreword by Zac Goldsmith[4]
  • 2009 - Confessions of an Eco Sinner[5]
  • 2010 - Peoplequake: Mass Migration, Ageing Nations, and the Coming Population Crash
  • 2010 - The Climate Files: The Battle for the Truth About Global Warming
  • 2012 - The Land Grabbers: The New Fight over Who Owns the Earth ISBN 978-0-8070-0324-4

His books have been translated into at least ten languages including French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Italian, and Spanish.

He is a regular broadcaster and international speaker on environmental issues, and has given public presentations on all six continents in the past few years. Among his engagements have been the Edinburgh, Hay and Salisbury Book Festivals, the Ottawa and Melbourne International Writers Festivals, the Brisbane River Symposium in 2006,[6] Yale and Cambridge Universities, a speaking tour for the British Council in India, and presentations to business and financial groups, such as Anglo American PLC in South Africa, Cathay Pacific in Hong Kong and UBS in London.

He has also written reports and extended journalism for WWF, the UN Environment Programme, the Red Cross, UNESCO, the World Bank, the European Environment Agency, and the UK Environment Agency. He is a trustee of the Integrated Water Resources International.[7]


  • 1987 UK safety writer of the year.
  • 1991 TES Junior Information Book Award
  • 1991 Peter Kent Conservation Book Award
  • 2001 UK environment journalist of the year
  • 2002 CGIAR agricultural research science journalism award

Recent books and works[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ [1] Biographical details from the Transworld Publishers website
  2. ^ Pearce, F: "The Last Generation". Eden Project Books, 2006
  3. ^ Pearce, F: "When the Rivers Run Dry". Eden Project Books
  4. ^ Pearce, F: "Earth: then and Now". Mitchell Beazley, 2007
  5. ^ Pearce, F: "Confessions of an Eco Sinner". Eden Project Books, 2008
  6. ^ [2] River Connect: The newsletter of the International River Foundation Sept 2006
  7. ^ [3] Biographical details from www.rbooks.co.uk

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The Guardian
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:30:55 -0700

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The Guardian

The Guardian
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:39:51 -0700

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Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:40:01 -0700

(See “The return of nuclear fusion” by Fred Pearce, Prospect July 2006.) The fusion lobby argues that if any project can crack the nut of harnessing nuclear fusion in a way that releases more energy than it consumes, it will be ITER. The challenge is ...

National Geographic

National Geographic
Fri, 04 Jul 2014 06:41:15 -0700

In the opening panel discussion, Fred Pearce, author of When the Rivers Run Dry, explained that it is not entirely clear who is in charge of estuaries. “Is it locals, fisherman or some collective group? Maybe no one is in charge.” Perhaps that is why ...
CNN (blog)
Tue, 08 Jul 2014 15:55:37 -0700

To avoid dangerous climate change, the world needs to boost spending on green energy by $1 trillion a year,” writes Fred Pearce for The New Scientist. “…That sounds like a lot to make up. But global investment in energy is already $1 trillion a year ...

Business Green

Business Green
Tue, 01 Jul 2014 02:22:30 -0700

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