David Roberts

David Roberts

Energy, politics, and more

David Roberts is a staff writer for Grist. You can subscribe to his RSS feed or follow him on Twitter or email him at droberts at grist dot org, if you're into that sort of thing.


The personal (technology) is political

If you're stressed out by digital distractions and email overload, the answer is not meditation and mindfulness. It's fixing our power structures.


Against the “digital detox” metaphor

Online life is not necessarily less authentic than so-called real life.

Hello again! Here’s what I’ve been up to for the past year

Now back to work after a sabbatical, Grist blogger David Roberts reflects on digital overload, work-life balance, and other good stuff.

Climate & Energy

Hope and fellowship

Climate change is so dire and social change is so slow. Is there any hope?

Climate & Energy

Carbon targets, carbon taxes, and the search for Archimedes’ lever

There's no perfect solution to the climate problem, no one policy that will move the world. It's going to be a long, ugly slog. It's healthier just to accept that.

Climate & Energy

For tweet’s sake: How to get the most out of 140 characters

Yes, Twitter is an addictive time suck. But it's also an incredibly powerful way to enhance your career and communicate about climate change. David Roberts offers tips and tricks.

Climate & Energy

How to write about climate: Pull up a barstool

Traditional media has not served climate change very well. Here's a pitch for a more personal, informal, and occasionally profane approach.

Climate & Energy

Climate change and “environmental journalism”

Climate change is not an "environmental problem" and it can't be adequately covered by the shrinking ranks of environmental journalists.

Goodbye for now

Starting Labor Day, I'll be taking a year off from Grist, blogging, tweeting, and the entire internet. Here's why.

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