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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.

If Robin Hood turned to real estate ...

Here’s one idea for taxing the rich and making housing more affordable

A newly proposed "pied-à-terre tax" in New York City would apply to luxury homes owned by people who don’t actually live in the city.

Cities

Cities are lapping countries on climate action

Mayors and municipal governments are doing a lot, and can do a lot more, even while national governments are pathetic laggards.

Climate & Energy

Obama can’t do a lot to help poor countries deal with climate change, but he’s doing a little

The president can't commit to the U.N. Green Climate Fund because Congress won't go along, but he's going to factor climate resilience into international development plans. Hey, it's something.

Climate & Energy

Obama says he’s ready to lead on climate

At the U.N. Climate Summit, Obama said the U.S. and China will take the lead on fighting climate change. "It’s what big nations have to do,” he said. OK, we're waiting ...

Climate & Energy

One big march, lots of little messages

Organizers estimate that 310,000 people joined the New York climate march, and each one had a point to hammer home.

Reality check

We’re way more screwed than we were the last time the U.N. had a big climate meeting

It's been five years since the Copenhagen climate conference, and things have just gotten worse.

Climate & Energy

What climate marchers learned from anti-nuke organizers

The largest demonstration in U.S. history was a nuclear disarmament rally in New York in 1982. Today's climate activists are following that lead.

Climate & Energy

Al Gore is still trying to save us, one graph at a time

Watching the former veep host the 24 Hours of Reality event this week was like stepping into a time machine.

Climate & Energy

What’s the deal with this U.N. Climate Summit?

It might not be the sexiest event in New York next week, but it could help lay the groundwork for climate action down the line.

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