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.

Low energy

We fact-checked what Trump and Clinton said about energy at the debate

Donald Trump told a few lies about energy during Sunday's debate, while Hillary Clinton reiterated her warm feelings for natural gas.

Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew is heading for states where senators don’t accept climate science.

Six of the eight U.S. senators from states in the hurricane's path reject the scientific consensus on climate change.


Racism stands in the way of Obama’s push for affordable housing

Low-density zoning is often really about keeping non-whites from moving in. But that gives the federal government power to fight it.

It's the spend of the world as we know it

We’re spending way more on weapons than on dealing with climate change.

The U.S. is investing 30 times more in the military than in climate-related projects. China is doing much better.


Reykjavík, Iceland’s capital, is going carbon-neutral.

Iceland has a lot to lose in an overheated world.

Homage to Catalonia

Barcelona is kicking cars off many of its streets.

The city is banning cars from many neighborhoods, creating "superblocks."

London calling

London is banning dangerous trucks — and that’s great news for cyclists.

Cities around the world should do the same thing.

Revenge of the 'Burbs?

Why Uber won’t fuel more sprawl

A prominent economist says that the rise of Uber and self-driving cars will spur a new exodus to the suburbs. Here's why he's wrong.

The Magnificent Seven

7 signs that China is serious about combating climate change

Some conservatives say that China isn't doing anything about CO2 emissions, but they're flat-out wrong.