Leo Hickman

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Hickman in 2018

Leo Hickman is a journalist specialising in climate change and has been the editor and director of CarbonBrief[1] since 2015. Previously, he was a features journalist and editor with The Guardian from 1997-2013. From September 2013 to December 2014, he worked as the chief advisor on climate change for the UK branch of the World Wide Fund for Nature.[2]


Hickman grew up in Cornwall about 400 yards away from what was to become the Eden Project. He studied in the School of English and American Studies (ENGAM) at the University of Sussex,[3] graduating in Art History in 1994.[4]


Hickman wrote for the Ethical Living section of Guardian Unlimited offering advice on readers' ethical concerns, and wrote two books on the theme, Life Stripped Bare: My Year Trying To Live Ethically and A Good Life. In 2007, he published a third book, The Final Call, discussing the ethics of tourism, and in 2008 he published Will Jellyfish Rule the World?, a book about climate change for children.


In 2013, he was awarded an honorary DLitt by the University of Exeter where he is a visiting lecturer in the department of geography.[4]



  1. ^ "About Us". CarbonBrief.
  2. ^ Hickman, Leo (28 August 2013). "The era of climate change 'denial' is over". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 August 2013. A personal note: after 16 years working as a Guardian journalist, this is my final article. Next month, I will take up the role of chief advisor, climate change at WWF-UK.
  3. ^ Hickman, Leo (2006). "Make apathy history" (PDF). Falmer: The University of Sussex Magazine. 43: 18–19. Retrieved 20 November 2012. Leo Hickman (ENGAM 1991) is a journalist, author and editor at The Guardian.
  4. ^ a b "Honorary graduates 2013-14: Leo Hickman (DLitt)". University of Exeter. Retrieved 28 August 2013.

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