Eric Roston is a science journalist in Washington, DC, and author of THE CARBON AGE: How Life's Core Element Has Become Civilization's Greatest Threat. He is also Senior Associate at The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, of Duke University. He joined the Institute after a year-long term as a Visiting Scholar at the Washington energy and economics think tank, Resources for the Future.
Previously, Roston wrote for TIME, where he covered economics, politics and technology. He joined the magazine in 2000 as a business reporter in the New York bureau, covering stories such as the collapse of Enron, China's emergence as a force in global trade, and how advanced computing technologies are reshaping the economy. An eyewitness to the collapse of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, Roston was a part of the reporting team that won a National Magazine Award for best single-issue coverage. He was also a frequent contributor to the magazine's work on energy, technology environment, and health. In the spring of 2004, he became Time.com's first blogger, writing a daily commentary on "the technology that will carry us through tomorrow and the stuff that keeps us stuck in yesterday."
Roston has been a guest on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report," CleanSkies.tv, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBC, National Public Radio and many radio stations. Prior to TIME, he wrote for LIFE magazine and contributed to Slate.com, where he wrote the "Today's Papers" column. Roston, who is fluent in Russian, holds an M.A. in Russian literature and linguistics, and a B.A. in modern European history, both from Columbia University.