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Thomas M. Kostigen
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Thomas M. Kostigen is the founder of The Climate Survivalist and a New York Times bestselling author and journalist.  He is the National Geographic author of “The Extreme Weather Survival Guide: Understand, Prepare, Survive, Recover.” And the NG Kids book. “Extreme Weather: Surviving Tornadoes, Tsunamis, Hailstorms, Thundersnow, Hurricanes and More!”
Previous nonfiction works include, The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time (Crown); You Are Here: Exposing the Vital Links Between What We Do and What That Does to The Planet (HarperOne); The Green Blue Book: The Simple Water-Savings Guide to Everything in Your Life (Rodale); and The Big Handout (Rodale). He is also the author of the novels Golden Dawn (Macmillan) and Fatwa (Macmillan).
As a journalist, Kostigen has reported from war zones to the world’s wonders across five continents. A former global columnist for The Wall Street Journal Digital Network and editor at Bloomberg News, he contributes regularly to major publications worldwide, including National, Discover, Men’s Health, Best Life, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, among many others.
He also is a television host and appears regularly as a guest in the media, including the Today Show, CNN’s Erin Burnett, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Entertainment Tonight, Fox News, the Dennis Miller Show, National Public Radio, CNBC, USA Today, USA Weekend, among many other outlets.
Kostigen speaks widely at major conferences and events around the globe, including The Climate Project in Seville, Spain where he shared the stage with Nobel Prize winers Al Gore and Rajendra Pachauri; The Aspen Institute; The Commonwealth Club; Disney’s Environmentality conference; and other forums large and small.

Entries by Thomas M. Kostigen

Water Porn

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2016 | 12:08 PM

I admit it, I am a water pornographer. I show and tell people how to think about water in different ways, ways they may not have ever imagined. And I use alarming images and bold examples to seduce audiences.

As writer and public speaker, my goal is to capture...

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Marrying a SoulCycle Instructor

(1) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 4:25 PM

I want my next wife to be a SoulCycle instructor. Here's why: I am writing a lazy sentence, one filled with banal language, thesaurus-easy adjectives. Nothing special. Then the door to my office swings open. "Are you ready Thomas Kostigen?!!!"

It's my SoulCycle wife. She is a grown up version...

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3 Steps to Survive Any Extreme Weather Disaster

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 5:58 PM

There are dozens of extreme weather events the National Weather Service tracks -- from hail storms to hurricanes, thunderstorms to tornadoes, heat waves to wildfires.

Preparing for each of these takes different kinds of understanding and preparation. But there are three actions common to them all that people...

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Apocalyptic Weather Forecast by World Meteorologists

(1) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 5:44 PM

Massive waves in the seas and intense turbulence in the air will result from apocalyptic weather over the coming decades, say forecasters at a World Meteorological Organization conference in Montreal as reported by Agence France-Presse.

If those forecasts come true, it means we are going to have to...

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Extreme Weather Producing Anthrax

(1) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 2:39 PM

The extreme weather the Midwest and Plain states have experienced so far this year has brought about another severe consequence: anthrax.

The potentially deadly infectious disease has been found in a bison herd in South Dakota. Health officials claim the threat to humans is minimal and there is...

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The Most Important UN Climate Initiative You Never Heard of

(1) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 12:49 PM

While the Kyoto Protocol may be the most famous climate initiative, the Hyogo Framework for Action's time is due.

The HFA is a 10-year plan to make the world safe from natural hazards. It was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005. Its goal is...

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El Nino Is a Business Wake-Up Call

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 12:58 AM

Businesses will suffer along with people and places this year if the El Nino event predicted by most climate models hits with its expected wicked strength.

El Nino is a warming of Pacific Ocean waters that exacerbates storms globally and can cause floods, droughts, famines and even civil unrest. The...

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A Messiah Born Is Trouble

(1) Comments | Posted December 24, 2012 | 4:56 PM

The end of the world as we know is being predicted by environmentalists, religious leaders and warmongers alike -- never mind followers of the Mayan calendar who believe Dec. 21 began a new world era.

From calendar dates to carbon emission calculations to character descriptions of a coming "savior," there...

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Ahmadinejad and the Mahdi

(6) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 2:28 PM

With the election in the rearview mirror Iran is on the road ahead.

The online news and intelligence site DEBKAfile reports the Obama Administration aims to begin nuclear talks with Iran as soon as next month.

But the U.S. must change tactics.

The President of Iran,...

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Green Air Can Cure Healthcare Too

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2008 | 3:54 PM

As Washington figures ways to fix the economy and pump capital into the financial system, a fix that amounts to tens of billions of dollars a year is all around them: air.

The drag of poor air quality on the economy is mounting, costing the state of California alone close...

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3 Green Needs From The New President (Obama)

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2008 | 5:10 PM

Here are three things the new Administration can do for us to make the world (and the economy) better:

1) Provide more incentives for investments in alternative energy programs and levy taxes on carbon emissions.
2) Increase investments in water management and quality systems.
3) Produce tax rebates...

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We Need NRE (Natural Resource Education)

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2008 | 12:36 PM

By Thomas M. Kostigen

We often hear that the next generation must be saved from the effects we've waged on the environment. But how about teaching them to save themselves as well?

We need a national natural resource curriculum that includes lessons on climate change for students--kindergarten and above -...

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Green Is More Than Global Warming

(3) Comments | Posted October 1, 2008 | 11:51 PM

There is more to being green than the fight to stop global warming. All of our natural resources are in peril because of what we do and what that does to our planet. Yet, to hear the battle cry of environmentalists these days you'd think there's only one war to...

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All Politics is Local and Green Politics are No Exception

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2007 | 5:49 PM

Recently, we have seen yet another example of major leaders talking about global warming. It was one of the cornerstone issues of the recent Group of 8 Nations' meeting in Europe.

Unfortunately, as has been the case throughout his administration, President Bush once again rejected proposals to adopt concrete...

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