About Me

Michaël lives in Ottawa, Canada.

Currently a full-time journalist/blogger, he has been with TreeHugger since May 2005. Between March 2006 and January 2008, he was editor-in-chief, and since February 2008, he’s been editor of the Science & Technology and of the Cars & Transportation sections, giving him more time for his first love, doing research and writing. As of August 2007, his employer is Discovery (they bought TreeHugger).

He is in charge of Discovery Green on the Discovery Channel’s website, and he used to write a weekly environmental column for the Huffington Post.

His mother would like you to know that he has been interviewed, published, or cited by, among others, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, Andrew Sullivan, Forbes, BoingBoing, the Independent, the LA Times, Wired, Rolling Stone, Harvard Business Publishing, Discovery News, Metro International, etc. One of his articles was prominently featured on the front page of Yahoo.com, the most popular site on the Internet. He also has been a guest on Air America Radio to talk about environmental news and sustainable technology (not politics).

A generalist autodidact, he is curious about everything, including in no particular order: the environment and all related fields, literature, science, technology, music, politics, history, economics and various social issues. Maybe he’ll never reach his goal of becoming a true polymath, but he’s sure having fun trying.

In a former life, he received two law degrees from the University of Ottawa, one in Civil Law (Bachelor of Civil Law, LL.L.) and one in Common Law (Juris Doctor, J.D.).

He serves on the advisory board of the Lifeboat Foundation (motto: “Safeguarding Humanity”), along with many other people including Nobel Laureates Sir Clive W.J. Granger and Eric S. Maskin.

He is not jewish, but he likes to dance to klezmer music when he’s alone and nobody can see how badly he moves.

Michaël does not usually refer to himself in the third person.


Here is a picture of me at a piano I found in one of the halls of the Château Frontenac in Québec city.


Self-portrait, reflected in a window.


Melanie & I, before going to a wedding.


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