Abrahm Lustgarten

A Vivid, Journalistic Account of how Climate Change will Reshape American life.

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.
Abrahm Lustgarten is 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.


Abrahm is a sought-after speaker on climate change, migration, water conservation, and investigative reporting.