Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben is Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College, and a founder of He is a member of Grist’s board of directors.

Is the Keystone XL pipeline the ‘Stonewall’ of the climate movement?

If so, that may not be a good thing -- because unlike gay rights or other issues of basic human justice, climate change comes with a time limit.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.