Fred Pearce

Fred Pearce

Fred Pearce is an English author and journalist based in London. He has been described as one of Britain's finest science writers and has reported on environment, popular science and development issues from 64 countries over the past 20 years. He specialises in global environmental issues, including water and climate change. and frequently takes heretic and counter-intuitive views - "a sceptic in the best sense", he says.


Fred Pearce is currently the environment consultant of New Scientist magazine and a regular contributor to the London Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Guardian, Times Higher Education Supplement and Country Living. Fred's Footprint, his fortnightly environment blog, appears on the New Scientist web site. He has also written for several US publications including Foreign Policy, Audubon magazine, Seed, Popular Science and Time.

Fred has written a wide range of books on environment and development issues published in both the UK and US including Confessions of an Eco Sinner, When the Rivers Run Dry, Earth: Then and Now, including a foreword by Zac Goldsmith, The Last Generation (on climate change) and Deep Jungle. His books have been translated into at least ten languages including French, German, Portuguese, Japanese and Spanish.

He is a regular broadcaster and international speaker on environmental issues, and has given public presentations on all six continents in the past two years. Among his engagements have been the Edinburgh, Hay and Salisbury Book Festivals, the Ottawa and Melbourne International Writers Festivals, the Brisbane RiverSymposium in 2006, Yale and Cambridge Universities, a speaking tour for the British Council in India, and presentations to business and financial groups, such as AngloAmerican in South Africa, Cathay Pacific in Hong Kong and UBS in London.

He has also written reports and extended journalism for WWF, the UN Environment Programme, the Red Cross, UNESCO, the World Bank, the European Environment Agency, and the UK Environment Agency. He is a trustee of the Integrated Water Resources International.


"Fred is one of the few people that understand the world as it really is" - James Lovelock, scientist and inventor of the Gaia hypothesis.
"[Fred is] One of my heroes" - Rt Hon John Gummer MP, former UK environment secretary.


  • 2002 CGIAR agricultural research science journalism award
  • 2001 UK environment journalist of the year
  • 1991 Peter Kent Conservation Book Award
  • 1991 TES Junior Information Book Award
  • 1987 UK safety writer of the year.

Recent books

  • (2008). Confessions of an Eco Sinner. Eden Project Books. ISBN 9781905811106.
  • (2007). The Last Generation. Eden Project Books. ISBN 9781903919880.
  • (2007). With Speed and Violence: Why scientists fear tipping points in climate change. Beacon Press. ISBN 9780807085769.
  • (2007). When the Rivers Run Dry. Eden Project Books. ISBN 9781903919583.
  • (2007). Earth: Then and Now. Mitchell Beazley. ISBN 9781845332464.
  • (2006). Deep Jungle. Eden Project Books. ISBN 9781903919569.

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