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

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.

Carrots beat sticks

What can small cities do to fight climate change?

Sticks aren't easy to implement, so carrots usually win the day. Here are some interesting carrots from Eugene, Ore., and Aspen, Colo.

Climate & Energy

Climate change denial could hurt Scott Brown in New Hampshire

In trying to win over the state's conservatives, this carpetbagger may have made a wrong move.


How to give a community a soul

Charming neighborhoods are not magic. They can be developed with smart public policy.


Kochs backing out of blue-state Senate races

The Koch brothers' group Freedom Partners has stopped running ads in Oregon and Michigan, where climate-friendly Democrats are in the lead.

Climate & Energy

Climate film gets activists pumped for NYC march

"Disruption" debuted to an enthusiastic crowd, inspiring them to try to make the upcoming People's Climate March the biggest climate event ever.


What makes a neighborhood cool?

Is the Upper East Side surpassing Brooklyn in coolness, as some commentators claim? No, and here's why.


Will Obama do the right thing on smog this time?

Over the coming year, the president will either repeat or undo one of his greatest insults to the environmental community -- and to the nation's air quality.

Sorry to burst your bubble

Why Republicans won’t back a carbon tax

The fact that a carbon tax should theoretically appeal to conservatives doesn't mean it actually will. Just ask Grover Norquist.

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