David Roberts

David Roberts was a staff writer for Grist. You can follow him on Twitter, if you're into that sort of thing.

  • Blogging from COP MOP

    As I’m sure you all know, COP MOP started today up in Montreal. Several young bloggers are writing about their experiences at the non-official portions of the summit — the rallies, the marches, the street-hockey games — over on It’s …

  • Political circus to distract from COP MOP

    Oh fer chrissake. The COP MOP meeting in Montreal starts Monday. Guess what else is happening Monday up in Canadaland? … Monday is also the day that Prime Minister Paul Martin’s Liberal Party government is expected to fall in a …

  • Geeks and peak oil

    If you want to know what the young, internet-residing, tech-savvy crowd — an influential if lamentably self-regarding demographic — thinks about peak oil, read through the comments on this post over at Digg. Eye-opening, and not all bad.

  • The Man and the bus

    Well, this is sure to increase ridership on public transit!

  • Buy Nothing Day

    It’s Buy Nothing Day. So I hope all y’all are out there … buying nothing. Looks like I’m going to get away with buying nothing except a couple of second-run movie tickets ($3/each) and some take-out. Sorry, Earth! But my …

  • Thanksgiving

    Giving thanks is a struggle this year. In the past 12 months we have been struck by three body blows from Mother Nature: the South Asia tsunami, Hurricane Katrina on the U.S. Gulf Coast, and the Kashmir earthquake. In each …

  • Federal court reinstates streamlined permitting process for mountaintop mining

    Grim news: Mountaintop mining is once again set to go full steam ahead. In July of last year, a federal judge revoked 11 mountaintop mining permits issued under the Nationwide Permit 21 process by the Army Corps of Engineers. NP21 …

  • Green Gauge Report: Bad news

    Here we are on the day before a long holiday weekend. A perfect day to bury bad news. So here goes. The Green Gauge Report is a poll on environmental attitudes, based on 2,000 face-to-face interviews, conducted with a broad …

  • Syriana and Gaghan: Two steps forward, one back

    There’s a short piece in the current Rolling Stone called "Hollywood vs. Big Oil" — the piece isn’t online, though a very positive review is — about the movie Syriana. It’s got some interesting background details, including a few about …