Andrew Revkin

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Andrew C. Revkin
Andrew Revkin, Journalist.jpg
Born 1956
Occupation Environmental writer, professor
Education Master's of Journalism
Alma mater Brown University
Columbia University
Genre Science writing
Subject Global warming
Notable works Dot Earth (blog); The Burning Season: The Murder of Chico Mendes and the Fight for the Amazon Rain Forest
Notable awards Guggenheim Fellowship;
John Chancellor Award;
Feinstone Environmental Award

Andrew C. Revkin is an American science and environmental journalist and author. He has written on a wide range of subjects including destruction of the Amazon rain forest, the 2004 Asian tsunami, sustainable development, climate change, and the changing environment around the North Pole. In December, 2016, he joined the staff of the independent investigative newsroom ProPublica as senior reporter for climate and related issues. He was a reporter for the New York Times from 1995 through 2009 and wrote the Dot Earth environmental blog for The Times' Opinion Pages from 2010 through 2016. From 2010 to 2016 he was also the Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at Pace University,[1] He is also a performing songwriter and was a frequent accompanist of Pete Seeger.

Early life[edit]

Andrew Revkin was born and raised in Rhode Island. He graduated from Brown University in 1978 with a degree in Biology.[2] He later received a Master's in Journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.[3][4]


Early in his career he held senior editor and senior writer positions at Discover magazine and Science Digest, respectively.[5]

From 1995 through 2009, Revkin covered the environment for The New York Times. In 2003, he became the first Times reporter to file stories from the North Pole area and in 2005-6 broke stories about the Bush administration's interference with scientific research, particularly at NASA.[6]

In 2010, he joined Pace University's Academy for Applied Environmental Studies as Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding.[7]

Revkin has also written books on the once and future Arctic, the Amazon, and global warming.[8] He was interviewed by Seed magazine about his book The North Pole was Here, which was published in 2006. He stressed that "the hard thing to convey in print as journalists, and for society to absorb, is that this is truly a century-scale problem."[9]

Revkin is among those credited with developing the idea that humans, through growing impacts on Earth’s climate and other critical systems, are creating a distinct geological epoch, the Anthropocene. He was a member of the "Anthropocene" Working Group from 2010 to 2016. The group is charged by a branch of the International Commission on Stratigraphy with gauging evidence that a formal change in the Geologic Time Scale is justified.

Andrew Revkin reported for The New York Times in 2003 from a research camp set up on sea ice drifting near the North Pole. Scientists erected the sign, then added "was" as currents were pushing the ice several miles a day.


-- translated and published also in Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Japanese and Thai editions[10]

Films based on his work[edit]

Two films have been based on Revkin's writing:

Songwriter and musician[edit]

Revkin is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who sometimes backed up Pete Seeger and, from 2003 to 2011, was part of Uncle Wade, a blues-roots band.[11]

His first album, A Very Fine Line, featuring guest contributions by Dar Williams, Mike Marshall (musician) and Bruce Molsky, was released in November, 2013.[12][13]



  1. ^ a b c d e "Andrew C. Revkin", Pace University, 2009. Archived July 10, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Accessed: December 3, 2012.
  2. ^ Reunion 2008: Retrospective: Alumni Reunion Forum: “Dot Earth: Pursuing Progress on a Finite Planet”, Brown University, Alumni
  3. ^ Journalist, author, and singer Andrew Revkin examines climate change, The Daily Gazette, 11. April 2007
  4. ^ New York Times Climate Change Expert Speaks During Earth Week. 20. April 2016
  5. ^ a b Revkin's Biography, New York Times, 23 April 2006
  6. ^ Cristine Russell, "Revkin Taking NYT Buyout: Veteran climate reporter to leave paper after Copenhagen summit, Columbia Journalism Review, December 14, 2009
  7. ^ Andrew Revkin (21 December 2009). "My Second Half". Dot Earth. New York Times. Archived from the original on 24 December 2009. Retrieved 21 December 2009. 
  8. ^ Molly Webster. "Backgrounder: Andrew Revkin". Bullpen. NYU Journalism. Retrieved 14 May 2009. 
  9. ^ "Skipping Ahead". Seed. 21 April 2006. Archived from the original on 22 April 2009. Retrieved 14 May 2009. 
  10. ^ WorldCat. Accessed: July 31, 2012.
  11. ^ Uncle Wade (website). Accessed: June 24, 2012.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-10-11. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  13. ^
  14. ^ "'Dot Earth' Blog Earns a Second National Communication Award..." Pace Law School, September 16, 2011. Accessed: December 4, 2012.
  15. ^ "Award Winner Andrew Revkin". 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2009. 
  16. ^ "Origin of the John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism". Columbia University. Retrieved 14 May 2009. 
  17. ^ "Q & A with Andrew Revkin". 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2009. 
  18. ^ Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award/Series, 2007-2008, Tufts University. Accessed: December 3, 2012.
  19. ^ "New York Times Reporter Receives Honorary Feinstone Award", SUNY-ESF, September 13, 2007. Accessed: June 24, 2012.
  20. ^ "National Academies Communication Awards." Accessed: December 4, 2012.
  21. ^ WorldCat. Accessed: July 31, 2012.

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