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David Roberts’ top 13 greatest hits

Grist climate and energy writer David Roberts is leaving us after more than a decade on staff. He’ll be sorely missed. But we have 6,400 blog posts …

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As you know from reading this, or this, or following me on Twitter, today is my last day here at Grist; I’ll be starting at Vox.com on April 27 (and …

What’s the greenest way to read a book?

Q. <b>What’s the greenest way to be a bookworm? I only buy new books from bookstores on a rare occasion now, as I’ve figured that spending money on new</b> …

Books

Will Hillary Clinton be too weak on climate change?

<i>This story was originally published by the</i> Guardian <i>and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.</i><p>After years of watching climate …

Government

Pope Francis forces the issue on climate change

High-profile climate researchers, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and church officials will gather at the Vatican next week for a conference on …

Pope Francis

Watch Out: The Second Coming of Solar Is Here

We haven’t realized it yet, but solar has won.<p>For nearly half a century, homeowners and utilities have mounted solar panels on rooftops and in massive generation projects in the desert. Much of that was only made economical because of tax breaks and subsidies, such as California’s Solar Initiative …

Solar Power

California Cities Struggle To Meet Water Conservation Targets

Early next month, California plans to finalize its emergency water conservation plan. Cities are under the gun to cut their water usage from anywhere between 15 and 40 percent.<p>Transcript<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:<p>In the next couple of weeks, California will finalize its emergency water conservation plan. …

Week in Review: A Conversation About Our Environment

From an Earth Day trip to a 1.5-million-acre wetland ecosystem to a trade deal that protects endangered species, this was a week of conversation about how we can protect our environment. President Obama traveled to the Everglades in southern Florida to discuss how climate change is affecting our …

Endangered Species

How the U.S. plans to combat Arctic climate change

IQALUIT, Canada — The United States and seven other Arctic nations vowed Friday to work together to combat climate change at the top of the world and put aside tensions over Ukraine and Russian military activities.<p>As the United States assumed chairmanship of the Arctic Council, a multinational …

Republicans are engaging in smog and mirrors on climate

“CLIMATE CHANGE can no longer be denied,” President Obama said in Everglades National Park on Wednesday. “It can’t be edited out. It can’t be omitted from the conversation.” No matter how much, Mr. Obama might have added, Republican presidential hopefuls would like to neglect the matter.<p>Since the …

Water officials uncertain about just how tough to get with users

State regulators told Joone Lopez this week she needs to cut water use in her affluent pocket of southern Orange County by 25%, and she's not sure she can do it.<p>As general manager of the Moulton Niguel Water District, she serves communities full of sprawling single-family homes surrounded by …

Southland gets a preview of its premature fire season

Southern California got an unwanted preview of its premature fire season Thursday as brush fires stoked by winds broke out in five counties.<p>The region is parched from years of drought and, most recently, Santa Ana winds that sucked up any moisture left from a recent rainstorm, said Phil Rawlings of …

South O.C. water customers, missing targets, face tighter rules

Water regulators in southern Orange County have tightened restrictions on potable water use to comply with Gov. Jerry Brown's order to reduce water use across California.<p>The South Coast Water District and Laguna Beach County Water District had set voluntary restrictions on outdoor water use before …

State water board issues revised drought regulations for Californians

In response to numerous complaints, state regulators Saturday issued a revised plan for California's first-ever mandatory water cuts, emphasizing the need for urgent action as summer looms.<p>The drought, which started in 2012, could persist for years, warned Felicia Marcus, chairwoman of the State …

New rules cutting farm emissions are kind of a big deal

On Thursday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a program to cut net U.S. carbon emissions by 120 million metric tons, mostly from …

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Who should profit from solar energy?

<i>This story is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.</i><p>In the ongoing wars over solar energy, one power company is consistently …