Copresented with Greenlight Books: Nathaniel Rich’s groundbreaking full-issue feature “Losing Earth: When We Almost Stopped Climate Change” in the New York Times Magazine – which has earned favorable comparisons to Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring and John Hersey’s Hiroshima and has been optioned for film – gave an account of the moment the US came tantalizingly close to signing binding treaties that would have saved us all, before the fossil fuels industry and the Republican Party fully committed to anti-scientific denialism. In his new book Losing Earth, Rich provides more of the context for what did—and didn’t—happen in the 1980s and, more important, is able to carry the story fully into the present day and wrestle with what those past failures mean for us in 2019. It is not just an agonizing revelation of historical missed opportunities, but a clear-eyed and eloquent assessment of how we got to now, and what we can and must do before it's truly too late. Rich presents his book with a reading and conversation, followed by a book signing. In collaboration with New York Times Live.
David Leonhardt is an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times. He also writes a daily e-mail newsletter and co-hosts the Opinion section’s weekly podcast, “The Argument.” His prior assignment was leading a strategy group that helped Times leadership shape the future of the newsroom. David has also been the Washington bureau chief; the founding editor of The Upshot; and a staff writer for The Times Magazine. In 2011, he received the Pulitzer Prize for commentary, for columns on the financial crisis. He is a third-generation native of New York, and his first playground was the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
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