About

Short version:

Mark Lynas is the author of several books on the environment, including High Tide, Six Degrees, and The God Species. His most recent publication, in July 2013, was the Kindle Single ebook Nuclear 2.0: Why a green future needs nuclear power. He is a frequent speaker around the world on climate change, biotechnology and nuclear power, and was climate change advisor to the President of the Maldives between 2009 and 2011. In October 2013 he was appointed a Visiting Fellow at Cornell University’s Office of International Programs at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He is also a member of the advisory board of the science advocacy group Sense About Science, and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Decarbonising Energy, which focuses on sustainable energy to mitigate climate change.

Longer version:

Mark Lynas is the author of The God Species: How the Planet Can Survive the Age of Humans, published by Fourth Estate in July 2011. The UK paperback was published in February 2012 by HarperPerennial, while the US edition – The God Species – Saving the Planet in the Age of Humans – is published by National Geographic. Swedish, Dutch and other language versions are also available. He has previously written two major books on climate change – High Tide: News from a warming world (2004) and Six Degrees: Our future on a hotter planet (2007).

High Tide was longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Award for Non-Fiction, and short-listed for the Guardian First Book Award. Six Degrees was long-listed for the Orwell Prize in 2008, and won the prestigious Royal Society Prize for Science Books in the same year. Six Degrees became a TV hit for National Geographic, whose Six Degrees Could Change the World – voiced by Alec Baldwin – has been watched by tens of millions around the globe on the National Geographic Channel. The book has now been translated into 22 languages around the world.

In November 2009 Mark was appointed advisor on climate change to the President of the Maldives, Mohammed Nasheed, and was involved in the Maldives’ effort to be the first carbon neutral country on Earth by 2020, and its role in the international climate change process, until Nasheed was deposed in a military coup on 7 February 2012. His book Nuclear 2.0 was published as a Kindle Single in July 2013, topping the non-fiction sales chart for Kindle Singles in the UK.

He is a frequent speaker around the world on climate change, biotechnology and nuclear power. He has been a Visiting Research Associate at Oxford University’s School of Geography and the Environment, and is currently a member of the advisory board of the science advocacy group Sense About Science, and is vice-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Emerging Technologies, which produces an annual top 10 list of the technologies with most potential to change the way we all live.

In October 2013 he was appointed a Visiting Fellow at Cornell University’s Office of International Programs at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The responsibilities for this role include teaching on relevant Cornell courses, and advising on Cornell’s vital work on public sector biotechnology in developing countries to support environmental and food security improvements.

Mark lives in Oxford with his wife Maria and two children, Tom and Rosa. He enjoys mountaineering, horse-riding, hiking solo across Norwegian ice-caps, and Ultimate Frisbee.