Thomas Kostigen | Best-selling National Geographic author and USA Today columnist

Thomas Kostigen

Best-selling National Geographic author and USA Today columnist

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Thomas Kostigen

Thomas M. Kostigen is a New York Times bestselling author and journalist. He is the National Geographic author of "The Extreme Weather Survival Guide: Understand, Prepare, Survive, Recover." And the NG Kids book. "Extreme Weather: Surviving Tornadoes, Tsunamis, Hailstorms, Thundersnow, Hurricanes and More!"

He writes The Climate Survivalist column for USA Today and is the founder of TheClimateSurvivalist,com web portal.
His previous nonfiction books include, The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time (Crown); You Are Here: Exposing the Vital Links Between What We Do and What That Does to The Planet (HarperOne); The Green Blue Book: The Simple Water-Savings Guide to Everything in Your Life (Rodale); and The Big Handout (Rodale). He is also the author of the novels Golden Dawn (Macmillan) and Fatwa (Macmillan).

As a journalist, Kostigen has reported from war zones to the world's wonders across five continents. A former global columnist for The Wall Street Journal Digital Network and editor at Bloomberg News, in addition to his USA Today column, he contributes regularly to major publications worldwide, including National, Discover, Men's Health, Best Life, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, among many others.

He also is a television host and appears regularly as a guest in the media, including the Today Show, Mornings with Al, The Weather Channel, CNN's Erin Burnett, MSNBC's Morning Joe, Entertainment Tonight, Fox News, the Dennis Miller Show, National Public Radio, CNBC, USA Today, USA Weekend, among many other outlets.

Kostigen speaks widely at major conferences and events around the globe, including The Climate Project in Seville, Spain where he shared the stage with Nobel Prize winers Al Gore and Rajendra Pachauri; The Aspen Institute; The Commonwealth Club; Disney's Environmentality conference; and other forums large and small.

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The extreme weather events that have been historically occurring every 100 years are now happening every three years -- and they are getting more intense. Last year, more than 3,000 weather records were broken. Some 22,000 people die every year from weather-related events, which doesn’t include the 1.5 million traffic accidents that are indirectly weather’s fault. And $485 billion worth of destruction occurs every year from weather.

New York Times bestselling author Thomas M. Kostigen shares what is behind these extreme weather events and what the future may hold in store, with stories, data, intelligence and fascinating details of storms, victims, opportunities, and hazards.

Kostigen is the author of two extreme weather survival books for National Geographic, and has traveled extensively around the globe to some of the most extreme places on the planet. He has reported from war zones to the world’s wonders and believes weather is the new war zone for us all.

General audiences will learn how extreme weather can affect them in ways they may have never before imagined. For example, 150,000 people contract Valley Fever every year -- and many may not know it. The disease, for which there is no cure, is a fungal disease and is largely spread through dust and sandstorms. Heat is the number one weather killer of people. More people die of heart attacks in winter. And teenage boys are the most susceptible to being struck by the month of July.

Kostigen explains where and when people are most vulnerable to storms -- and what can they do about it. Safety and prevention tips across 16 different storm types -- from heat waves to floods to wildfires, hurricanes, blizzards, tornadoes, and more -- will be relayed along with discussions of what may be in store for us in the future. Kostigen lays out what it will take to survive the new normal of extreme weather, whether that is by choosing the safest site on which to build a home, or what type of diet is best to eat when it’s cold and when it’s hot outside.

Business audiences will discover just how vulnerable companies -- and in turn investments -- are due to extreme weather events. Floods in Thailand, by example, hurt the earnings of HP, Lenovo, Dell and Microsoft. Extreme weather in Latin America inflated logistics costs by $33 million for Chiquita Brand International. From Asia and South America (which just saw its first hurricane) to North America, Europe, the Middle East Africa, and beyond, Kostigen maps out --continent by continent--the hotspots and the risks.

He also proffers opportunities: Catastrophic bonds (CAT Bonds) are being underwritten at record levels and have become all the rage within elite financial circles.

By bringing to life science, finance and experiences on the ground, Kostigen creates a lively presentation and sparks productive discussions. Each presentation is customized to address the specific circumstances, geography, and predilections of the audience.

The author of numerous books, articles and essays on the environment for major publications, including, Discover (where he wrote the Better Planet blog), The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The Los Angeles Times, Men’s Health, and National Geographic Adventure, Kostigen appears regularly in the media, and has been featured on CNN, The Today Show, Fox News, CNBC’s Squawk Box, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, National Public Radio, the Dennis Miller Show, Bloomberg Night Talk, Planet Green, Hollywood Green, Entertainment Tonight, The Daily Green, USA Today, USA Weekend, among others.

At the podium he combines in-the-field experiences with practical know-how.

Conference organizers, associations, and event planners can present a unique program to attendees that is both fascinating and actionable.

This speaking program is a must for anyone who wants to know more about the weird and extreme weather we are experiencing all around the world.

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