Eric Holthaus

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Eric Holthaus
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OccupationMeteorologist and Climate journalist
EmployerFreelance; The Phoenix (on Ghost)
Known forEnvironmental activism

Eric Holthaus (born 1981)[1] is a meteorologist and climate journalist.[2] He started a publication called The Phoenix on Ghost.[3] He was a former columnist for The Correspondent, Grist, Slate and The Wall Street Journal who is known for his mentions of global climate change.[4][2][5]


Eric Holthaus grew up in Kansas. His writing during Hurricane Sandy resulted in a substantial following. During his career, he has advised numerous groups and individuals on coping with changing weather, including, for example, Ethiopian subsistence farmers. In 2013, feeling that his extensive air travel was contributing to the climate problem, Holthaus vowed to stop flying.[6]

Holthaus is a co-founder of the podcast "Warm Regards" with paleoecologist Jacquelyn Gill and journalist Andy Revkin of The New York Times.[7]

Holthaus left The Correspondent in November 2020 and started The Phoenix;[8][3][9] The Correspondent itself ceased publication on January 1, 2021.[10] He is a proponent of the Green New Deal and identifies as an eco-socialist.[9][3]

The Future Earth[edit]

Holthaus's book The Future Earth, about imagining a future where society has reversed the effects of climate change, was released on June 30, 2020.[11] The book employs a "speculative journalism" approach to imagine how communities and society will respond, while interviewing and using sources from contemporary thinkers and scientists.[12] Holthous focuses on the large scale organizing and social change needed to address the climate crisis rather than relying solely on technological solutions.[12]

Reception of the book was generally positive. Kirkus reviews called the book "an encouraging and diligently researched call to action"[13] Undark Magazine called the book "a welcome antidote to more dystopian climate writers such as David Wallace-Wells".[12] The podcast Warm Regards highlighted the book in comparison with Kim Stanley Robinson's The Ministry for the Future—noting that they both share a similarly optimistic and future forward approach to the climate crisis.[14]


  1. ^ Holthaus, Eric. "Eric Holthaus; Weather Nerd". Retrieved August 8, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Meet Eric Holthaus, the Rebel Nerd of Meteorology". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "Generation Green New Deal: S1 | Gen GND Conversation with Eric Holthaus on Apple Podcasts". Apple Podcasts. Retrieved 2021-02-21.
  4. ^ "Meteorologist Eric Holthaus' vow to never to fly again draws praise, criticism". The Washington Post. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Slate Meteorologist Eric Holthaus Stops Flying for A Year to Fight Climate Change". The Weather Channel. 4 October 2014. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  6. ^ Suzanne Goldenberg. "IPCC report makes US meteorologist cry – and give up flying". the Guardian. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
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  8. ^ Holthaus, Eric (2020-09-04). "I've got some personal news: As of November 30th, I'll be leaving The Correspondent. I'm available for freelance or full-time work beginning immediately". Eric Holthaus via Twitter.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ a b "Articles by Eric Holthaus | The Phoenix (US) Journalist | Muck Rack". Retrieved 2021-02-21.
  10. ^ Anyangwe, Eliza (2020-12-30). "The best of The Correspondent – recommended by the people who made the stories". The Correspondent. Retrieved 2021-02-21.
  11. ^ Holthaus, Eric (30 June 2020). The future earth: a radical vision for what's possible in the age of warming. New York, USA: HarperOne. ISBN 978-0-06-288316-2. Paperback edition.
  12. ^ a b c "Book Review: A Hopeful Vision of Our Planet's Future". Undark Magazine. 2020-07-31. Retrieved 2021-03-20.
  13. ^ "Review:The Future Earth". Kirkus Reviews. April 5, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. ^ Regards, Warm (2021-03-08). "Building our Climate Futures Through Storytelling (Part 1), feat". Medium. Retrieved 2021-03-20.

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