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

Obama is paving the way for success in Paris

Thanks to the president’s diplomacy with developing countries, a global climate deal is a lot closer than seemed possible a year ago.

Climate & Energy

NYC is looking to buy a whole lot of clean energy

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to power all city government operations with renewables within 10 years.


Rick Perry stole my urbanist talking points. Too bad he doesn’t actually understand them

The presidential candidate made some surprising comments about city zoning codes recently, but he's totally missing the big picture.

Look to the seas

Here’s a new idea for giving EPA more power to regulate CO2

Carbon dioxide pollution is causing ocean acidification, and that should justify regulating CO2 as a toxic substance, according to a novel legal argument.


Thanks to social change, urban density ain’t what it used to be

To reduce greenhouse emissions, we need more people living in densely built city cores. But lifestyle changes and inequality are making that harder to achieve.

Climate & Energy

How do we get conservative politicians to vote for climate action? Attack and embarrass them

Earnest entreaties and appeals to reason obviously aren't working.

It’s not just the economy, stupid

Talking about jobs isn’t the only way to lure voters into the climate movement

Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley are framing climate action as an economic stimulus package, but is that the best approach?


There’s no “new Brooklyn” because Brooklyn isn’t even the new Brooklyn

Grist's Ben Adler and MSNBC's Tony Dokoupil talk about Adler's essay on how gentrifying cities can avoid the mistakes Brooklyn has made.


Here’s what climate hawk Martin O’Malley would do as president

The former Maryland governor is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination on an audaciously ambitious environmental platform.