John Berger (author)

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John J Berger, PhD
Dr. John J Berger
Born (1945-05-08)May 8, 1945
New York City, United States
Occupation Author, editor and consultant
Nationality United States
Period 1976–present
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)[1] is an American author and environmental consultant. He has worked for the National Research Council[2] of the National Academy of Sciences, Fortune 500 corporations such as Lockheed Corporation[3] 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.[2] He co-founded and directed the Nuclear Information and Resource Service as well as Restoring the Earth.[1] 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.[4] 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.[citation needed]

Education and Work[edit]

In 1966, John J Berger earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Stanford University.[1] 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.[1] Just a few years later, in 1979, he became a technical editor at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California.[1] 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.[1] In 1984, Berger began two years of postgraduate research on land-use policy in Sacramento at the University of California, Davis.[1] 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.[1] Berger then went on to receive a PhD in Ecology from the University of California, Davis in 1990[1] and served as visiting Professor of Environmental Policy at the Graduate School of Public Affairs of the University of Maryland[5] and Professor of Environmental Science at the University of San Francisco.[2] 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.



 #  Title Publication Date
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
6 Understanding Forests 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 2014
11 Climate Solutions: Turning Global Peril Into Jobs, Profits, and Prosperity TBA 2016

Published Print Articles (Non-Digital)[edit]

 #  Publication Title Publication Date
1 Environment News Service Opinion: Bush Energy Policy – Fuels Rush In June 2001
2 Positive Alternatives Cover Story: Prospects for Solar and Wind Power Winter 1998
3 Earth Island Journal A Future Without Fossil Fuel Winter 1997
4 Sierra Magazine Natural Resources: Dirty Politics, Clean Power November/December 1997
5 San Francisco Chronicle SUNDAY INTERVIEW – John J. Berger / Getting Resourceful About Energy October 1997
6 Sierra Magazine Nine Ways to Save our National Forests July/August 1997
7 National Research Council Aquatic Ecosystems on the Critical List 1993
8 San Francisco Examiner Polluting the Earth in the USSR July 18, 1989
9 Animal Kingdom A Big Hand for a Little Owl March/April 1988
10 OMNI Tree Shakers November 1986
11 Sierra Magazine The Audacious Vision of Marion Stoddart March/April 1986
12 Sierra Magazine The Prairie Makers November/December 1985
13 San Francisco Chronicle Magazine Return of the Falcon October 20, 1985
14 The Boston Globe Optimal Suburbia September 22, 1985
15 National Audubon Society Montague and the Temple of Doom September 1985
16 Los Angeles Times Magazine Future Cities November 17, 1985
17 OMNI Myths of Scarcity February 1982
18 The Progressive Desert Fallout: One Man's Death August 1981

Notes/Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Petit, Charles (October 26, 1997). "Chronicle Science Writer". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved August 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Author Bio". University of Chicago. 
  3. ^ "Environmental Energy Subdivision". Lawrence Berkeley national Laboratory. 
  4. ^ "The Challenge to Restore Nature". How on Earth. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
  5. ^ Armin Rosencranz; John Niles (2002). Stephen Schneider, ed. Climate Change Policy: A Survey. ISBN 1559638818. 

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