Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben is the founder of 350.org 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.

Politics

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.

Energy Policy

Before Rio Earth Summit, let’s put pressure on world leaders to end fossil fuel subsidies

In 2009, world leaders promised to gradually phase out fossil fuel subsidies. It's time to give them a push in the right direction as the Rio Earth Summit approaches.

Climate Change

Too hot not to notice? Connecting the dots on climate

This weekend's global day of action will highlight that underneath the immediate distractions of flood and drought, climate change is the biggest thing going on every single day.

Climate Change

You shall not pass: Activists to block Warren Buffett’s coal trains

Saturday is Climate Impacts Day, a worldwide “day of witness” connecting extreme weather to climate change. One of the thousands of actions will be aimed at educating one powerful man.

Energy Policy

Subsidies 101: A guide to corporate handouts, and why we shouldn’t stand for them

Let's call subsidies what they are: freebies for the richest companies in history. Here are five rules of the road that should be applied to the fossil-fuel industry when it comes to subsidies.

Election 2012

About that record-breaking dead heat in Illinois (no, not the polls)

Extremes like Chicago's freak March heat wave will be the new normal for a warming planet. But don't expect to hear about that from our presidential candidates.

Oil

Bitter spill: Leaky Keystone’s economic risks would dwarf benefits

A comprehensive look at the Keystone XL pipeline's economic impact finds we can expect 91 significant spills from the proposed project.

Fossil Fuels

The great carbon bubble: Why the fossil-fuel industry fights so hard

Big Oil will do anything to avoid coming to terms with the fact that the business models which have made it so profitable directly threaten the Earth's survival, writes Bill McKibben.