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.

Climate & Energy

Winter warriors: As Sochi heats up, will athletes turn to climate activism?

In a sign of things to come, the Olympic racecourses are turning to mush. Will the athletes take a stand?

Climate & Energy

Olympians to world: Please get serious about climate action, thanks

More than 100 Olympic athletes have signed a statement calling for a meaningful international climate treaty. Here's hoping world leaders are listening.

Climate & Energy

Games changer: Can the U.S. win golds with no snow?

If we continue to crank up the heat, there will be no skiing at all in Park City, Utah, by the end of the century. In an average year, there will be no snow.


Dreading water: Should coastal communities bear the cost of future floods?

Coastal residents are irate about rising flood insurance premiums. But the next time the sea crushes the coast, the taxpayers may not be able to pick up the bill.

Climate & Energy

The madding cloud: When forecasting the future, scientists’ blind spot is above them

Clouds -- or a shortage of them -- could send the climate into a tailspin. The trouble is, it's almost impossible to predict what they'll do.


Flood money: How Congress is botching the effort to climate-proof insurance

Lawmakers are retreating on basic reforms when they should be looking to the future, and creating even more dramatic changes.


Flood pressure: Climate disasters drown FEMA’s insurance plans

A series of hurricanes has left the National Flood Insurance Program hopelessly in debt. A 2012 law aimed to fix that, but with residents of flood-prone areas irate, lawmakers are backpedaling.


Street artists trace against time — and sea-level rise

Here's the story of how a quirky art project morphed into a surprisingly powerful tool for rallying communities to fight climate change.


On defense: Cities get serious about climate resilience in 2013

This is the year we realized that being "green" is more than a tired trend. For cities, coping with climate chaos is a matter of survival.