Abrahm Lustgarten: On the Move: The Overheating Earth and the Uprooting of America
Abrahm Lustgarten

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Climate change investigative reporter Abrahm Lustgarten, who writes for ProPublica and The New York Times, presents his book, On the Move.


A vivid, journalistic account of how climate change will make American life as we know it unfeasible.

Humanity is on the precipice of a great climate migration, and Americans will not be spared. Tens of millions of people are likely to be driven from the places they call home. Poorer communities will be left behind, while growth will surge in the cities and regions most attractive to climate refugees. America will be changed utterly.

Abrahm Lustgarten's On the Move is the definitive account of what this massive population shift might look like. As he shows, the United States will be rendered unrecognizable by four unstoppable forces: wildfires in the West; frequent flooding in coastal regions; extreme heat and humidity in the South; and droughts that will make farming all but impossible across much of the nation.

Reporting from the front lines of climate migration, Lustgarten explains how a pattern of shortsighted policies encouraged millions to settle in vulnerable parts of the country, and introduces us to homeowners in California, insurance customers in Florida, and ranchers in Colorado who are being forced to make the agonizing choice of when, not whether, to leave. Employing the most current climate data and predictive models, he shows how America's population will be squeezed northward into a shrinking triangle of land stretching from Tennessee to Maine to the Great Lakes. The places many of us now call home are at risk, and On the Move reveals how we'll deal with the consequences.


Abrahm Lustgarten in an investigative reporter writing about climate change at ProPublica and for The New York Times. His writing also appears in The AtlanticThe Washington Post, and Scientific American. His ProPublica series on drought in the American West was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize, and his investigation into the oil industry was the subject of the Emmy-nominated Frontline documentary The Spill. His other books include Run to Failure: BP and the Making of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster and China's Great Train: Beijing's Drive West and the Campaign to Remake Tibet.

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ISBN: 9780374171735
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 26th, 2024