greg hanscom

Greg Hanscom

Underwater cities

Greg Hanscom is a senior editor at Grist. He tweets about cities, bikes, transportation, policy, and sustainability at @ghanscom.


Married father of two seeks Best Christmas Ever. No presents allowed.

In which our hapless hero does his best to get himself out of the hole he dug when he asked, in front of all the world, that friends and family give his kids nothing for Christmas.


After a term of hanging around the hoops, Obama could slam dunk for cities

The president spent his first four years lining up a promising urban policy agenda. Now it’s time for a full-court press for smart growth.


Please get my kids nothing for Christmas

This holiday season, think of the children! And please, please don’t give mine any more stuff.


Americans are apparently not as infatuated with cars as we thought

The elections were a mixed bag for all things urban, but despite a couple of big losses, mass transit came out smelling like roses.


Cities 2012: The races we’re watching

The future of U.S. cities hangs in the balance today. Here are the races that will have special bearing on our urban lives.


Oil-rig wasteland: How the election looks from 37,000 feet

What's at stake in this election? Nothing that isn't laid bare on a flight over the West's booming, and devastated, gas fields.

Climate & Energy

Craig Childs: The man who’s been to the end of the world

This writer and adventurer traveled to the far corners of the globe in search of scenes of collapse and destruction. He came back weirdly heartened.

David Quammen says we better brace for the next Big One

The veteran science writer isn't worried about earthquakes -- he's talking about diseases that come from wild animals as we tear into the Earth's last wild places.

Climate & Energy

‘Want to save the planet? Save people,’ says conservation bigwig

Peter Seligmann, CEO of Conservation International, one of the largest conservation groups on the planet, explains why he decided to dump biodiversity and focus instead on humans.