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MEDIA ADVISORY: NY Times Journalist to Discuss Population Growth and Sustainability at MU

October 23rd, 2012

Story Contact: Christian Basi, 573-882-4430,

By Kate McIntyre

WHAT: The rise in air and ocean temperatures and sea levels, an increase in intense rains and heat waves, and a growing list of extinct species are evidence of humans’ influence on the environment. In a presentation open to the public, Andrew Revkin, an award-winning environmental writer for The New York Times, will discuss “Building the #Knowosphere: How New Ways to Share and Shape Ideas Can Help Build Durable Progress on a Finite Planet.”

WHO: Revkin has traveled around the world from the Arctic to the Amazon covering the melting of polar ice caps, the destruction of tropical forests and other environmental impacts of the growing human population. He worked as the Times’ global environmental reporter before transitioning to write opinion pieces for his blog, “Dot Earth,” which addresses how the world population will manage its finite resources without further harming the climate and biodiversity.

Revkin has authored several books, including “The Burning Season,” which became an HBO movie about the murder of Chico Mendes, a rainforest advocate in Brazil. He also teaches at the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies in New York.

WHEN: 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23

WHERE: Allen Auditorium

Arts and Science Building

MU Campus

NOTE: This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Mizzou Advantage, a program that was created to increase MU’s visibility, impact and stature in higher education, locally, statewide, nationally and around the world. Mizzou Advantage focuses on four areas of strength: food for the future, media of the future, one health/one medicine and sustainable energy. The goals of Mizzou Advantage are to strengthen existing faculty networks, create new networks and propel Mizzou’s research, instruction and other activities to the next level.