David Roberts

David Roberts

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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.

Climate & Energy

What would ‘wartime mobilization’ to fight climate change look like?

It would look like a lot of big government, according to a pair of new papers. And it would take a very strong climate movement to get there.


The medium chill, revisited

Two years later, we offer a look back at "the medium chill" and a consideration of what it means to live a meaningful life.

Climate & Energy

Why climate change is not an environmental problem: The video

Watch this cool new video about the threat of climate change and why it doesn't fit in the "environmental" box.

Climate & Energy

The limits of climate adaptation are social, not physical or economic

We badly need a better understanding of the social limits of climate adaption. To that end, a new framework.

Climate & Energy

Everybody chill out a little, carbon trading will be fine

A recent effort to reform the European Union's carbon-trading system failed, but that doesn't mean carbon trading is dead in Europe, or anywhere else.

Climate & Energy

A master class on the state of clean-energy investment [VIDEO]

Learn about trends in clean energy from one of the smartest guys around, Michael Liebreich, head of Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Climate & Energy

Energy CEO: Solar should break up with wind, date natural gas, have distributed babies

David Crane of NRG, a supporter of distributed energy, thinks wind and solar will part ways because wind needs transmission and distributed solar doesn't.

Business & Technology

None of the world’s top industries would be profitable if they paid for the natural capital they use

A sobering new study finds that the world's biggest industries burn through $7.3 trillion worth of free natural capital a year. And it's the only reason they turn a profit.

Climate & Energy

The brutal logic of climate change, international shipping edition

There's a titanic gulf between what we say ought to be done about climate change and what we are doing. For a great example, look at the shipping industry.

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