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David Fogarty

Author, Editor, Climate Change Specialist

David Fogarty started as a science writer in 1986 while still at university in Canberra, Australia, where he studied life sciences and communications. Some of his first stories were on climate change, back then still an emerging issue.

He’s since worked on newspapers in Australia, London and Hong Kong and worked for Reuters for 19 years, maintaining a passion for the environment and climate change. He was Reuters’ climate change correspondent for Asia from 2008-12 and now runs a specialist media consultancy in Singapore. He still writes stories about climate science and rainforests.
Why Your Company Should Buy Carbon

Why Your Company Should Buy Carbon Offsets

Most of us want to do something good for the environment. An easy way is to spend a few dollars buying carbon offsets, perhaps to make us feel less guilty about that long-haul flight we're planning. Turns out those offsets could be more valuable than we thought.
09/03/2014 12:27 EDT
The Overlooked Group of Climate Change

The Overlooked Group of Climate Change Fighters

There are a group of people often overlooked in the fight against climate change and they can be one of our greatest allies as we figure out how to limit the damage from extreme weather, rising seas and threats to food security. They are the millions of indigenous people who live in the world's remaining forests. Often overlooked, ignored, marginalized and attacked, they stand at the heart of a global solution on climate change that all of us, whether we live in big cities or remote villages, can benefit from.
08/01/2014 08:49 EDT
New Coal Mine Construction Is a Giant Step Back For

New Coal Mine Construction Is a Giant Step Back For Australia

For Australia, coal remains king. The nation, one of the world's top coal exporters, approved construction of the country's largest coal mine Monday. Environmentalists say the decision is a major setback for efforts to fight climate change and further tarnishes the government's global image.
07/29/2014 01:28 EDT
The Hefty Price We're All Paying For Deforestation in

The Hefty Price We're All Paying For Deforestation in Indonesia

To further underscore the risks: Indonesia's forests contain 10 per cent of the world's plants, 12 per cent of the world's mammals, 16 per cent of the world's reptile-amphibians, and 17 per cent of the world's bird species. Massive clearance of forests, particularly primary forests, leads to extinctions, floods, reduced river flows, as well as huge fires.
06/30/2014 12:48 EDT
Fighting Climate Change is Now Less Gloomy, More Optimistic... Even

Fighting Climate Change is Now Less Gloomy, More Optimistic... Even Fun!

Depending on where you are, it's been getting hotter, colder, drier, wetter, stormier. Indeed, the changes, particularly the intensity of heatwaves and droughts, have been occurring faster than many scientists predicted. And that's made it a bit easier to feel there is something real about climate change.
04/17/2014 06:20 EDT
Typhoons Are Only Getting More Powerful as the Planet

Typhoons Are Only Getting More Powerful as the Planet Warms

The intensity of tropical cyclones striking East Asia has sharply increased over the past 30 years and major cities and ports such as Shanghai in China could face a greater threat from more powerful storms in future, a study published on Thursday shows.
01/17/2014 12:22 EST
What the Past Can Teach Us About the Future of Climate

What the Past Can Teach Us About the Future of Climate Change

High on the icy, windswept plateau of East Antarctica an international team of scientists is about to assemble a time machine. First stop: back to the era when Christ was born. Most importantly, scientists hope that by revealing the past we will get a better grasp on how global warming will affect the climate of the future.
12/30/2013 04:55 EST