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.

On mindfulness

Cultural cruft aside, mindfulness is actually incredibly important -- pretty much the key to a good life, if you get down to it.

Privilege: sabbatical edition

I'm acutely aware that the opportunity to take a year off work and do nothing is not available to the vast majority of my fellow citizens.

About that novel

David Roberts told people he was going to write fiction during his year-long sabbatical. Here's why that didn't happen.


The personal (technology) is political, part two

Web technologies are embedded in socioeconomic structures that are designed to exploit workers and consumers to the benefit of capital.


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.