David Wallace-Wells

Journalist. Climate change expert




Specific topics

EnergyEnvironmental PolicyJournalismcultureglobal issuesglobalization

American journalist and author David Wallace-Wells (New York, 1982) came to the forefront of the environmental debate after his essay “The Unhabitable Earth: Life after Warming” (Tim Dugan Books, 2019) was published. This book was originally developed as a cover article of the New York Magazine, of which Wallace-Wells is an associate director. The thorough write-up immediately gain notoriety.

In his lectures and conferences, mixing thoroughness and sharpness, the author bases its meticulous description of the consequences -at all levels- of global warming in a wide research. He pays attention to the increasingly frequent natural disasters that show that living condition in our planet are changing radically, and not for good.
In his works and talks, Wallace-Wells unfolds the reasons why individual initiative will not help mitigate tragic consequences of climate change. Without a large-scale change of economic organizations and structures, without an agile and global orchestration of governments and international platforms, the future looks gloomy for Wallace-Wells who, vehemently and lucidly, calls for global change.

Wallace-Wells, who was an associate director for The Paris Review, keeps developing his journalistic research on climate change and periodically publishes columns at the weekly digest where he currently works as associate director, The New York Magazine. Besides, he is one of the editors of 2038 Podcast, that interrogates about the immediate future forecast, particularly on terms of environmental issues and the climate emergency. He develops an intense environmental advocacy in social networks.

Newspapers from all around the world, such as New York Times, The Economist, the Washington Post or El País, have praised the lucidity of his analysis, and his “lush, rolling prose”. The Guardian has considered “The Unhabitable planet” an “epoch-defining book”. Nature has defined the book as “a masterly analysis of why — with a world of solutions — we choose doom”.

Wallace-Wells has published tribunes and features in headers such as Slate, New York Times, has collaborated with NBC and PBS, to divulgate his discourse on the urgent mobilization that climate change requires.

Graduated in History at Brown University, Wallace-Wells is a National Fellow at the America Foundation.

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