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David Gessner
David Gessner is the author of eight books, including My Green Manifesto and The Tarball Chronicles, both of which grew out of reporting for OnEarth. He has won the John Burroughs award for best natural history essay, taught environmental writing at Harvard, and founded the literary journal Ecotone. He currently teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Stories by David Gessner
November 2, 2012
In an excerpt from his book, David Gessner contemplates the (no longer) unimaginable -- a New York submerged by storm surge and sea level rise.
October 15, 2012
Our tweets, "likes," emails, and digital photo albums have a bigger impact on the physical environment than you might think.
September 7, 2012
Psyched about the return of football season? So's our blogger. But he's also excited for another kind of kickoff.
August 15, 2012
In the American West -- a land of “not enough water” -- the hottest year on record forces us to see things as they are.
August 8, 2012
After spending the last week living on the water by day and in a tent by night, I am feeling ragged, water-logged, and sunburned. I also have a new love for pillows, beds, and showers.I've been floating down the San Juan... read more >
July 24, 2012
Pictures process faster than sentences, and I am still digesting much of what I am seeing: the waterfalls in Canyonlands, the scarred land of northeastern Utah seen from above in a small plane, the extreme dryness of this... read more >
July 16, 2012
I drove into Arches last night, grumbling. It’s obligatory for someone writing a book about Ed Abbey to make the pilgrimage to this particular park, since this is the place he wrote his great book, Desert Solitaire. But it’s... read more >
July 13, 2012
I'm in the West now, and boy does it feel good. I’m here to track the ghosts of Wallace Stegner and Ed Abbey and to reflect on the current state of the Western environment. Here are some of the highlights of the journey so... read more >
July 9, 2012
     Contribute to Gessner's Kickstarter campaign here -- then tell your friends! read more >
July 2, 2012
Surveying his home state’s beaches with a world-renowned erosion expert, our writer considers the folly of trying to deny what all the sandbags and misguided legislation in the world can never stop: the rising sea.
June 27, 2012
It was almost exactly two years ago that I headed down to the Gulf of Mexico to cover the BP oil spill for OnEarth. Many of you came with me, metaphorically speaking -- through my blog posts, stories, and eventually my book.... read more >
May 2, 2012
My daughter and I saw a bear in the woods last weekend. We hadn’t expected to see a bear; it was actually wolves we had come to see. We had driven five hours north from our coastal North Carolina home to the Alligator River... read more >
April 20, 2012
Many scientists said we'd have to wait a couple of years after the BP blowout to know the disaster's full impact. We're here. A look back at what we've learned (and haven't) and how the region is stil suffering.