Jeff Nesbit

American writer

THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS will be available on Sept. 25, 2018.

From St. Martin’s Press:

"Jeff Nesbit has delivered an enlightening - and alarming - explanation of climate challenge as it exists today. Climate change is no far-off threat. It's impacting communities all over the world at this very moment, and we ignore the scientific reality at our own peril. The good news? As Nesbit underscores, disaster is not preordained. The global community can meet this moment — and we must." —Senator John Kerry

A unique view of climate change glimpsed through the world's resources that are disappearing.

The world itself won’t end, of course. Only ours will: our livelihoods, our homes, our cultures. And we’re squarely at the tipping point.

Longer droughts in the Middle East. Growing desertification in China and Africa. The monsoon season shrinking in India. Amped-up heat waves in Australia. More intense hurricanes reaching America. Water wars in the Horn of Africa. Rebellions, refugees and starving children across the globe. These are not disconnected events. These are the pieces of a larger puzzle that environmental expert Jeff Nesbit puts together

Unless we start addressing the causes of climate change and stop simply navigating its effects, we will be facing a series of unstoppable catastrophes by the time our preschoolers graduate from college. Our world is in trouble – right now. This Is the Way the World Ends tells the real stories of the substantial impacts to Earth’s systems unfolding across each continent. The bad news? Within two decades or so, our carbon budget will reach a point of no return.

But there’s good news. Like every significant challenge we’ve faced—from creating civilization in the shadow of the last ice age to the Industrial Revolution—we can get out of this box canyon by understanding the realities, changing the worn-out climate conversation to one that’s relevant to every person. Nesbit provides a clear blueprint for real-time, workable solutions we can tackle together.

My previous non-fiction book with St. Martin’s Press, POISON TEA, was well received by critics. The New York Times called it a “refresher course in Civics 101.” In addition to my non[-fiction, I’ve written more than 20 inspirational novels with Tyndale, Zondervan, Thomas Nelson, Guideposts, Summerside Press, David C. Cook, Hodder & Stoughton, Harold Shaw (part of Random House) and Victor Books.

I was the public affairs director for the National Science Foundation and the Food and Drug Administration, former Vice President Dan Quayle's communications director at the White House; and a national journalist with Knight-Ridder and others. I’m the executive director of Climate Nexus, based in New York, and a contributing writer for The New York Times, Time, U.S. News & World Report and other publications.

A Tribute to Dr. Koop

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

A tribute to C. Everett Koop

  1. David A. Kessler 
  2. Jeffrey A. Nesbit 
  3. Timothy Mark Westmoreland 
  4. Mary Beth Albright

Commitment to service, loyalty to science, and passion for public health were the hallmarks of Dr. C. Everett Koop’s career. His death in February, 2013 at the age of 96 is a reminder that one determined person with the courage to look past ideology and on to the greater good can make an enormous difference.

That determination and courage wasn’t what many people expected when Dr. Koop—“Chick” to his friends—was nominated for the position of US Surgeon General by President Ronald Reagan in 1981. The opposition to his appointment from progressives in Congress, women’s rights groups, and a host of health-related organizations was ferocious, largely because of his well-known moral opposition to abortion and his lack of any apparent public health experience.

However, after a bitter confirmation process, Koop began to win his critics over, not only because he had an authority that commanded attention, but also because he spoke truth to power. He said things in public that angered the politicians who had promoted his appointment, he never equivocated, and he didn’t back down. Koop became the nation’s doctor.

The four of us worked with Dr. Koop in different capacities, but to each of us, he was a colleague, mentor, and friend, a man we deeply admired.

Early in his tenure, Koop began to take on the tobacco industry, releasing data-filled report after report demonstrating the health hazards of smoking. He pushed for much stronger warnings on cigarette packs and …

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1To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: KesslerD@medsch.ucsf.edu.

Relentless, Positive Storm

OPINION: The "Relentless, Positive Storm" Generation

Education Nation //Sep. 24, 2010 // 11:47 AM

Education Nation invited an array of contributors to share their views and ideas on a wide variety of education topics.  If you’d like to contribute, contact us at educationnation@nbcuni.com.

I believe in the next generation of leaders. 
 
More than any other in recent memory, the generation now emerging from our educational system believes that just one person - armed with powerful, innovative and disruptive ideas or concepts - can change the world through a "relentless, positive storm." You dream big, do the right thing, set your direction, take your compass and never stray from the path.

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Cheated

www.livescience.com/38653-cheating-degrading-sports.html

First, there was Barry Bonds. Then, there was Lance Armstrong. Now, there's Alex Rodriguez, Major League Baseball (MLB)'s highest-paid player. All three are cheaters — extraordinarily well-paid, and quite famous, cheaters.

Nearly every columnist who's ever written about drugs in professional sports tells roughly the same story over and over — a pro cheats, gets caught and then faces discipline. Rodriguez, for instance, is likely to be suspended, perhaps for the rest of the season. But he'll be back, and he still draws MLB's biggest salary.

There's a good reason that Lance Armstrong cheated. He won seven Tour de France titles, because blood doping is the difference between really, really good and world class. Bonds hit more home runs than anyone in baseball history. That's why he cheated. Rodriguez is famous and he has that enormous MLB paycheck. That's why he cheated.

That's the risk and reward calculation professional athletes go through — cheat and become world class, or stay clean and fight for the top of the podium like everyone else. When Armstrong finally admitted to blood doping, he actually said just that — he had to cheat to be competitive at the top of the sport. There's some truth there.

But there's another side to this story that almost never gets told. In long-distance running or cycling, there are athletes who chose not to blood dope to get an extra 5 percent or 10 percent boost in performance at the elite level. What have they felt for years as their governing bodies chose not to level the playing field? Cheated.

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