Ben Adler

The politics of climate, energy, and cities

Ben Adler covers environmental policy and politics for Grist, with a focus on climate change, energy, and cities. When he isn't contemplating the world's end, he also writes about architecture and media. You can follow him on Twitter.

Climate & Energy

Paris is the last best chance for the world to save itself

We’re now out of time: This next round of U.N. climate negotiations has to result in real progress. At least Obama seems to know that.

Climate & Energy

Oil-rich Alberta is getting serious about climate action, just in time for Paris talks

The province of Alberta, aka the Texas of Canada, will impose a carbon tax, phase out coal power, and curb emissions from tar-sands operations.

Climate & Energy

Republicans are trying to undermine Obama ahead of Paris climate talks

Too bad for them they're poised to fail.

Climate & Energy

What’s the status of Obama’s climate legacy?

Watch Grist's Ben Adler on discussing threats to Obama's Clean Power Plan.


Check out Hamburg’s 2 new climate-friendly neighborhoods

The fast-growing German city has a shortage of housing, so it's turning old shipping areas into new green developments.

Climate & Energy

What will green groups demand in Paris, and how will they try to get it?

American climate activists will be lobbying negotiators during the U.N. climate talks. Here’s their game plan.

Climate & Energy

No, Obama’s Clean Power Plan won’t raise your electric bills, no matter what conservatives say

In fact, the new rules can be expected to lower people’s bills across the entire country, a new report finds.

Business & Technology

This new startup is doing hydropower right

Small-scale hydro projects along rivers in the Northeast provide low-impact electricity and help revitalize communities.


Fact check: Republicans’ crazy debate claims about climate change and energy

Even ostensibly science-friendly GOP candidates like Rand Paul can't bring themselves to fully embrace climate reality -- and other notes on Tuesday's debate.