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Greg Hanscom

Underwater cities

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

Location, location, location

When storms hit, scrappy local reporters rush to the rescue

Small news websites are filling in some of the void left by shrinking city newspapers and TV news coverage. They're proving their worth in times of disaster.


The economic crash brought Vegas to its knees; climate change could do it again

Sin City has been slow to recover from the fallout from the financial meltdown. Now here comes another kick in the teeth.


Sorry, Vegas: You just can’t fake being prepared for climate change

Sin City is a master of fakery and impersonation. But behind the sunglasses, it has had to grapple with some thorny realities — and climate change is bringing more.


Longtime Vegas water czar warns other cities to brace for climate change

Patricia Mulroy talks about climate adaptation, rancher Cliven Bundy, and the day she thought Las Vegas had run out of water.


Las Vegas’ binge drinking days are over. Can it survive the hangover?

Never mind those fountains, Sin City has gotten serious about water conservation. But with an ongoing drought and the looming threat of climate change, it will have to do a lot more.


Las Vegas burning: Lessons in resilience from the nation’s driest big city

Thus begins a month(ish)-long series about Sin City, how it has survived in a brutal, unwelcoming climate, and what that says about our future.

Burgs & the bees

Habitats for humanity: Why our cities need to be ecosystems, too

Weave nature into our cities, an urban and environmental planning professor says, and "we're likely to be better human beings."

Climate & Energy

Congress backpedals, restores cut-rate flood insurance for risky homes

Two years ago, Congress yanked subsidies for risky coastal flood-insurance policies. Lawmakers recently gave them back.

Climate & Energy

Gold-medal skier Ted Ligety raps with a snowflake to save winter

Another Olympian jumps into the climate fight, this time with a slightly depressed ice crystal.