John Berger (author)
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|John J Berger, PhD|
Dr. John J Berger
May 8, 1945|
New York City, United States
|Occupation||Author, editor and consultant|
|Genre||Environmental restoration, ecology, climate change, natural resources, renewable energy, energy efficiency, conservation|
Dr. John J Berger (born May 8, 1945 in New York City) is an American author and environmental consultant. He has worked for the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, Fortune 500 corporations such as Lockheed Corporation and Chevron, nonprofit groups, such as Friends of the Earth and the Sierra Club, and governmental organizations, including the Office of Technology Assessment of the United States Congress. He co-founded and directed the Nuclear Information and Resource Service as well as Restoring the Earth. Berger has authored and edited eleven books on energy and environmental issues, including Restoring the Earth: How Americans Are Working to Renew Our Damaged Environment, Charging Ahead: The Business of Renewable Energy and What It Means for America, Beating the Heat: How and Why We Must Combat Global Warming.
Berger is a long-time supporter of alternative energy solutions to global environmental problems. He has repeatedly called attention to the nation's excessive dependence on foreign oil and the huge economic and environmental costs, and risks. He has outlined strategies for a clean, renewable energy economy in his books and articles which have appeared in publications such as The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Los Angeles Times. Berger's writing on energy and natural resource issues has helped to launch the environmental restoration movement, beginning with his book Restoring the Earth in 1985.
Education and Work
In 1966, John J Berger earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Stanford University. Prior to his work on energy and the environment, Berger was an innovator in journalism. In 1970, he co-founded Alternative Features Service, Inc. to support the development of alternative and college newspapers and radio stations in the U.S. with syndicated press materials that especially highlighted the creation of alternative institutions, such as free clinics, people's banks, free universities, and alternative housing. In 1976, Berger joined Friends of the Earth, San Francisco as an energy specialist where he published his first book: Nuclear Power: The Unviable Option. Just a few years later, in 1979, he became a technical editor at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California. The next year, Berger was awarded an MA in Energy and Natural Resources from the University of California, Berkeley where he became an instructor in energy technology and policy. In 1984, Berger began two years of postgraduate research on land-use policy in Sacramento at the University of California, Davis. In 1985, he published Restoring the Earth: How Americans Are Working to Restore Our Damaged Environment and became the executive director of Restoring the Earth, an environmental organization based in Berkeley, California. Berger then went on to receive a PhD in Ecology from the University of California, Davis in 1990 and served as visiting Professor of Environmental Policy at the Graduate School of Public Affairs of the University of Maryland and Professor of Environmental Science at the University of San Francisco. He was chosen to participate in a summer study program at the Roscoe B. Jackson Memorial Laboratory for Genetic Research; he was the recipient of a Switzer Foundation Environmental Fellowship for graduate study, and he received a year-long fellowship for graduate study at the University of Tunis in Tunisia. Berger was awarded a summer writing fellowship at the Blue Mountain Center in the Adirondack Mountains. Berger also serves as an independent energy and environmental consultant with a diversified consulting practice.
|1||Nuclear Power: The Unviable Option: A Critical Look at Our Energy Alternatives||1976|
|2||Restoring the Earth: How Americans Are Working to Renew Our Damaged Environment||1985|
|3||Ecological Restoration in the San Francisco Bay: A Descriptive Directory and Sourcebook||1990|
|4||Environmental Restoration: Science and Strategies for Restoring the Earth||1990|
|5||Charging Ahead: The Business of Renewable Energy and What it Means for America||1998|
|7||Beating the Heat: Why and How We Must Combat Global Warming||2000|
|8||Forests Forever: Their Ecology, Restoration and Protection||2008|
|9||Climate Myths: The Campaign Against Climate Science||2013|
|10||Climate Peril: The Intelligent Reader's Guide to Understanding the Climate Crisis||TBA 2014|
|11||Climate Solutions: Turning Global Peril Into Jobs, Profits, and Prosperity||TBA 2014|
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- Solar-Energy Update: Good News about Solar Energy & Energy-Efficiency