Ross Gelbspan

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Ross Gelbspan is an author currently specializing in books relating to global warming. Previously, he was an editor for the Boston Globe, where in 1984 he participated in the editing of a series of articles for which seven members of the Globe staff (but not Gelbspan himself) were awarded the Pulitzer Prize.

After the 1997 publication of his first book on global warming, The Heat Is On: The High Stakes Battle Over Earth's Threatened Climate, Gelbspan was accused of falsely claiming to be a winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Gelbspan defended the book's cover jacket, which described him as "Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ross Gelbspan", noting that various parties (including the Globe and the mayor of Boston) had recognized Gelbspan's role in the award-winning articles. He blamed the Western Fuels Association, a coal industry body, for launching a smear campaign because of the book.[1]


  • Boiling Point: How Politicians, Big Oil and Coal, Journalists and Activists Are Fueling the Climate Crisis--And What We Can Do to Avert Disaster, Basic Books, (August 1, 2004) ISBN: 046502761X
  • The Heat Is on: The Climate Crisis, the Cover-Up, the Prescription, Perseus Books Group; Updated edition (September 1, 1998) ISBN: 0738200255
  • Washington Post, March 19, 1995, "Should We Fear a Global Plague? Yes -- Disease Is the Deadliest Threat of Rising Temperatures"
  • Break-Ins, Death Threats and the FBI: The Covert War Against the Central America Movement, South End Press 1991

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