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

James Hansen’s new climate study is terrifying, but he still has hope

The famed climate scientist thinks leading nations will adopt a climate fee -- and if it happens soon enough, it could save us from the worst.

Climate & Energy

O’Malley connects climate change and security, Republicans think it’s a gaffe

Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley talked about the link between climate and violence, and conservatives just didn’t get it.

Climate & Energy

Why so many Republicans can’t resist climate denial

Climate change unites the religious right and big business, and GOP politicians cower before those two interest groups.

Climate & Energy

Hillary Clinton rakes in money from fossil fuel interests

Fundraisers for her campaign include oil execs and dirty energy lobbyists, so no surprise she doesn’t have a bold climate agenda.


A restaurant isn’t “sustainable” if all its entrees contain meat

From fancy farm-to-table spots to hipster burger joints, too many restaurants focus on meat, and that’s terrible for the climate.

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.