Ben Jervey

Ben Jervey is a freelance reporter who covers energy, environment, and climate change from his home in Vermont or wherever the story takes him.

Ban Ki-moon and others at Lima

Weak deal at Lima climate talks disappoints climate hawks

The U.N. climate summit kicked off with optimism, but fizzled out at the end as countries punted decisions on hot-button topics.

censored activists with "stop" sign

The U.N. won’t let protesters say what they’re protesting

During his speech at the U.N. climate summit, John Kerry didn't mention Keystone. Activists at the summit weren't allowed to mention it either.

Proud moment: The U.S. is no longer the world’s biggest jerk on climate change

The planet's largest historical greenhouse gas polluter walked away from the U.N. climate talks looking a little better than in years past -- mainly because others behaved so badly.

Warsaw walkout: Big green groups bail on U.N. climate talks

For the first time ever, environmental groups have staged a mass walkout of a U.N. climate summit.

Warsaw warning: World on pace to miss already awful climate targets

Since putting some emissions reduction pledges (don’t call them commitments!) down on paper after the climate conference in Copenhagen, countries have had nearly four years to start building policies to meet the goals. Would it surprise you terribly to find …

coal trucks

Coal industry tries to crash Warsaw climate talks, gets spanked

At a big coal summit being held near U.N. climate negotiations, the industry argues that its fancy-pants new plants are clean. Scientists call bullshit.

Cold justice: Alaska Supreme Court hears college kid’s climate case

Should the atmosphere be considered part of the public trust, a resource essential for our collective survival? That’s one question currently being considered by the Alaska Supreme Court, which earlier this month traveled to the northernmost town in the United …

Norway’s massive oil wealth could be invested in renewables, “change the world”

Norway has more money than it knows what to do with. And while leaders figure out how they want to manage the nation’s roughly $790 billion public pension fund going forward, there’s real potential for an “unprecedented shift” in renewable …

Money talks: Climate change is going to be really bad for business

Over the past couple of weeks, a group of cold, calculating experts have been spouting warning after warning about the severity of the climate threat. No, I’m not talking about climate scientists (though they’ve just had something to say on …