writes about science, technology, the environment and humanity's
relationship with nature in books, articles, and essays. His most
recent books include: Winds
of Change: Climate, Weather, and the Destruction of Civilizations,
published by Simon and Schuster in Feb. 2006 (and serialized in
Fortune Magazine, January 2006), The
Octopus and the Orangutan: New Tales of Animal Intrigue, Intelligence,
and Ingenuity, and The
Parrot's Lament and Other True Tales of Animal Intrigue, Intelligence,
and Ingenuity. The Parrot's Lament was serialized at cover
length in TIME. In 2002, Plume published an updated version of
The Future in Plain Sight, which was described by The Rocky Mountain
News as "the most important book of the decade" when it was first
published in 1998.
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recent major articles include “Seeing the Forest: Conservation
on a Continental Scale,” in the July/August 2004 issue of FOREIGN
AFFAIRS. This article, co-authored with Thomas Lovejoy and J.
Daniel Phillips, offered an easily deployed, low-cost way of conserving
vast systems such as the Congo rainforest. Another recent major
article was “The Nature of Cuba,” published in May 2003 as a cover
story in SMITHSONIAN.
1990s, much of Linden's magazine writing was published in Time,
which he joined in 1987 with the responsibility to conceive of,
report, and write major stories on the environment and science.
wrote the central story for TIME's first global special issue,
"How to Save the Earth," published on Earth Day 2000. From 1988
through 2000, Linden has played a major role in all of TIME's
special issues devoted to the environment including the international
special issue, "Our Precious Planet,” and "Endangered Earth,"
in TIME's celebrated planet-of-the-year issue published in 1989.
his work on TIME's special issue, Linden's recent major articles
for TIME include articles on climate change and a new threat to
the Amazon rain forest in 2000. Both "Arctic Meltdown" and "The
Amazon Tinderbox" ran as international cover stories and in shorter
form in the U.S. edition. The Amazon story revisited an issue
Linden first covered in his 1989 cover story, "Torching the Amazon."
Linden has consulted with the U.S. State Department, and the United
Nations Development Program. In 2001 he was named as one of four
recipients of the first Poynter Fellowship at Yale University
to be awarded for environmental journalism.
Apart from his writing, Linden speaks frequently about nature,
environment and the future. He served as a final judge for the
2003 Jackson Hole Film Festival. He also serves on several nonprofit
boards and advisory committees, and as an independent director
of three companies.