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Ben Adler

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.

You are my density

Densifying cities could cut emissions more than doing energy retrofits on buildings.

So says a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Act local

In the Trump era, all climate progress will be local

When the federal government is run by climate science deniers, it’s up to cities and states to lead.

The monuments man

President Obama is giving us a parting gift: a bunch of new national monuments.

Three of the sites are important in the history of African-Americans in the South and two in the West will bolster climate resilience.

ExxonMobil could reap as much as $1 trillion under Trump, report says.

How will the oil giant benefit under President Trump? Let's count the ways.

shut 'em down

New York State will shut down its dangerously placed Indian Point nuclear plant.

Possibly the country's scariest nuclear plant will close by 2021.

wake up already

What’s the most overlooked but important issue of the year?

Affordable housing is a national problem in need of a national solution.

Unsafe as houses

6 ways Ben Carson could screw up fair, affordable housing

If the nominee for secretary of housing and urban development takes right-wingers’ advice, he could undermine many of HUD’s key programs.

The poll shebang

Even Trump voters oppose Trump’s climate agenda.

The first post-election poll to delve into their policy views finds broad support for climate action and clean energy.

Tar wars

ExxonMobil has doubled down on dirty tar-sands oil.

The company has invested billions in Canadian tar-sands reserves even though extracting the oil would wreak havoc on the climate.