Abrahm Lustgarten has written the best account of one of the least examined but most immediate consequences of climate change. On the Move is an unflinching guidebook to our near future, aggressively reported, rigorously quantified, as terrifying as it is revelatory. Duluth, here we come.”

 —Nathaniel Rich, author of Second Nature and Losing Earth

Join ASU’s Ten Across Initiative Executive Director, Wellington “Duke” Reiter, in a chat with renowned climate journalist Abrahm Lustgarten discussing Abrahm’s recently release book, On the Move: The Overheating Earth and the Uprooting of America and the impacts already taking shape in the Ten Across region.

Two events to choose from:

Wednesday, April 17, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. MT
Fireside Chat with Abrahm Lustgarten

Moderated by Ten Across Executive Director, Wellington ‘Duke” Reiter
Arizona State University – Walton Center for Planetary Health | Auditorium 107
Free and open to the public. This event is co-sponsored by ASU’s Julie Ann Walton Global Futures Laboratory.


Wednesday, April 17, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. MT
Fireside chat with Abrahm Lustgarten. Book signing to follow
Moderated by Ten Across Executive Director, Wellington ‘Duke” Reiter
Changing Hands Bookstore – Phoenix
300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013
Free and open to the public. No RSVP required.

About the Book

Humanity is on the precipice of a great climate migration, and Americans will not be spared. Tens of millions of people are likely to be driven from the places they call home. Poorer communities will be left behind, while growth will surge in the cities and regions most attractive to climate refugees. America will be changed utterly.

Abrahm Lustgarten’s On the Move is the definitive account of what this massive population shift might look like. As he shows, the United States will be rendered unrecognizable by four unstoppable forces: wildfires in the West; frequent flooding in coastal regions; extreme heat and humidity in the South; and droughts that will make farming all but impossible across much of the nation.

Employing the most current climate data and predictive models, he shows how America’s population will be squeezed northward into a shrinking triangle of land stretching from Tennessee to Maine to the Great Lakes. The places many of us now call home are at risk, and On the Move reveals how we’ll deal with the consequences.

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About the Author

Abrahm Lustgarten in an investigative reporter writing about climate change at ProPublica and for The New York Times. His writing also appears in The AtlanticThe Washington Post, and Scientific American. His series on drought in the American West was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize, and his investigation into the oil industry was the subject of the Emmy nominated Frontline documentary The Spill. His other books include Run to Failure: BP and the Making of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster and China’s Great Train: Beijing’s Drive West and the Campaign to Remake Tibet. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.