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.

Love Train

Mass transit wins big in ballot initiatives

On a bleak night for progressives, voters across the country backed transit projects.

Coal in Every Stocking

Trump will be the fossil fuel industry’s greatest gift

From oil execs in the Cabinet to scrapping air pollution regs, the Trump agenda is terrible. But can he do it all?

Dakota Access

Environmentalists are raising the pressure on Obama over Dakota Access.

Activists are mobilizing to force the administration to stop the pipeline project and protect protesters.

Blinded by the light

Will Florida’s voters be fooled into passing an anti-solar amendment?

The utility industry is pushing a ballot measure that pretends to support rooftop solar while actually undermining it.


A new guide will show you the way to national parks without a car.

Gorgeous, remote national parks can often be reached by train or bus.

Dakota Access

Standing Rock youth bring the Dakota Access fight to Clinton HQ

As conflict in North Dakota worsens without a strong stance from the candidate, the issue comes to her doorstep.

Justice for All?

Exclusive: EPA’s top official commits to doing right by communities of color

“The agency has a lot to prove,” Gina McCarthy told Grist. “And we are going to do that.”

Don't Walk

The best show on TV right now is about living carless in the suburbs

Donald Glover's new FX show is a perceptive picture of America's growing problem of poverty and sprawl.

A rising tide sinks all homes

Miami’s sea-level troubles aren’t just hitting the rich.

Miami Beach gets all the attention for its increased chronic flooding, but poorer, inland neighborhoods are being hit hard too.