Fred Pearce

Fred Pearce (born 30 December 1951) is an English author and journalist based in London. He is a science writer, reporting on the 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.[1]


Pearce is currently the environment consultant of New Scientist magazine and a regular contributor to the British newspapers Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent, and Times Higher Education. He has also written for several US publications including Audubon, Foreign Policy, Popular Science, Seed, and Time.

Pearce has written a wide range of books on environment and development issues published in both the UK and US. His books have been translated into at least ten languages including French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Italian, 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 few years. Among his engagements have been the Edinburgh, Hay and Salisbury Book Festivals, the Ottawa and Melbourne International Writers Festivals, the Brisbane River Symposium in 2006,[2] Yale and Cambridge Universities, a speaking tour for the British Council in India, and presentations to business and financial groups, such as Anglo American PLC 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.[3]


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

Recent books and works

  • The Land Grabbers: The New Fight over Who Owns the Earth, Beacon Press, 2012 ISBN 978-0-8070-0324-4
  • The Coming Population Crash: and Our Planet's Surprising Future , Beacon Press, 2010 ISBN 978-0-8070-8583-7
  • The Climate Files: The Battle for the Truth About Global Warming, Guardian Books, 2010 ISBN 978-0-85265-229-9
  • Written in Water: Messages of Hope for Earth's Most Precious Resource(contributing essayist), National Geographic Society, 2010 ISBN 978-1-4262-0572-9
  • Confessions of an Eco Sinner. Eden Project Books. 2008. ISBN 9781905811106.
  • Climate tipping points loom large
  • The Last Generation. Eden Project Books. 2007. ISBN 9781903919880.
  • With Speed and Violence: Why scientists fear tipping points in climate change. Beacon Press. 2007. ISBN 9780807085769.
  • When the Rivers Run Dry. Eden Project Books. 2007. ISBN 9781903919583.
  • Earth: Then and Now. Mitchell Beazley. 2007. ISBN 9781845332464.
  • Deep Jungle. Eden Project Books. 2006. ISBN 9781903919569.
  • Peoplequake. Eden Project Books. 2011. ISBN 9781905811397.
  • The New Wild: Why invasive species will be nature's salvation. Icon Books Ltd. 2016. ISBN 9781785780516.


  1. ^ [1] Biographical details from the Transworld Publishers website
  2. ^ "River Connect: The newsletter of the International River Foundation Sept 2006". International RiverFoundation. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Deep Jungle: Journey To The Heart Of The Rainforest by Fred Pearce (The Author)". Random House. Archived from the original on 18 March 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2017.

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