Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben is the founder of and the Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College. In 2014 he was given the Right Livelihood Award, sometimes called the "alternative Nobel," in the Swedish Parliament. He is also a member of Grist's board of directors.

Climate & Energy

Knock it off, NYT: In defense of James Hansen and other climate hawks

NASA's top climate scientist weathers a public slam from the NYT's Joe Nocera, and the Maldives' Mohamed Nasheed gets arrested on trumped-up charges.

Climate & Energy

Beyond baby steps: Analyzing the cap-and-trade flop

It's good to know what went wrong in Washington. But the real problem we face isn't getting a bill through Congress -- it's global warming.

Climate & Energy

Solar Mosaic: Kind of a big deal for clean energy

The "Kickstarter of solar" just started accepting investments. Here's why you should be excited.

Climate & Energy

Obama vs. physics: Why climate change won’t wait for the president

Climate change is not a fight, like abortion or gay marriage, between conflicting groups with conflicting opinions. It's a fight between human beings and physics.

Climate & Energy

You be the pessimist! Here’s why the election gives me hope

What if grassroots activists joined with green D.C. insiders, got the president to kill the Keystone pipeline, and put a price on carbon? Bill McKibben explains why the election should make us all optimists.

Climate & Energy

Roll ’em: A dispatch from’s Do the Math bus

Eight activists, four wifi hotspots, one bus: Trying to jump-start a grassroots fossil-fuel divestiture movement, and seeing some sparks.

Climate & Energy

Texans putting their bodies on the line to stop Keystone pipeline

As TransCanada prepares to begin construction on the southern portion of the Keystone XL pipeline, a brave crew of Lone Star State residents gears up to block it.


Lame it on Rio: Youth stage Earth Summit walkout

The listless conference in Rio came spontaneously alive for a few hours Thursday, when a youth-led demonstration turned into a mass walkout.

Climate Skeptics

Climate-change deniers hitting a wall — but so is the planet

It’s been a tough few weeks for the forces of climate-change denial. But let's not forget how effective they've been over the years.