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Clayton Aldern


Seattle, WA, United States

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Past articles by Clayton:

The Roadless Rule is supposed to protect wild places. What went wrong in the Tongass National Forest?

The Roadless Rule is supposed to protect wild places. What went wrong in Alaska's Tongass National Forest? → Read More

A new environmental justice tool disregards race. We put it back in.

A Grist analysis shows how the ‘race-neutral’ Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool can still prioritize communities of color. → Read More

How New Mexico abandoned 1,000 oil and gas wells overnight

The state now claims it has more than 1,700 abandoned oil and gas wells that will cost $290 million to clean up. → Read More

What happened to Trump’s 200+ environmental rollbacks?

Biden vowed to undo Trump’s toxic legacy. We’re tracking his progress. → Read More

The progress (and failures) of COP26, in 3 charts

Here’s a look at the three major gaps in international progress on climate change going into COP26, and where they stand now. → Read More

California’s dirty little secret: Oil wells in the backyard

Even Texas and Wyoming do a better job protecting communities from oil and gas drilling. → Read More

Has Fannie Mae's $95 billion in green bonds made anything greener?

Despite $95B investment, it's unclear whether or not Fannie Mae’s green bonds program is driving decarbonization and efficiency improvements. → Read More

The truth about Bitcoin’s energy use

Do cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin amount to climate arson or a clean-energy boon? The truth is complicated. → Read More

What do NFTs mean for art? And for the Earth?

Yes, the latest crypto craze uses the same dirty blockchains. There’s a better way. → Read More

Waves of Abandonment

A looming wave of abandoned wells threatens to leave taxpayers in Texas and New Mexico on the hook for almost $1 billion in cleanup. (via @grist & @texasobserver) → Read More

Can Reddit do for clean energy what it did for GameStop?

Buckle up, baby! We're talking stocks, shorts, and nihilism. → Read More

How Donald Trump mastered the art of repeal

Illustrating Trump’s toxic legacy — and Biden’s daunting task ahead → Read More

In the midst of a pandemic, ‘home’ takes on new importance

My mother recently began painting houses. Little homes; on canvas, I mean. → Read More

We’re running out of time to flatten the curve — for climate change

If any image has singularly captured the public’s attention during the coronavirus pandemic, it has been The Curve. The graph charts the incidence of new cases — and by extension, the use of hospital resources. The rush to flatten its peak ensures health care systems won’t be overwhelmed by a deluge of COVID-19 patients. As environmentalists strive to draw lessons from the coronavirus response,… → Read More

We broke down the last decade of climate change in 7 charts

Where did the past 10 years get us? These seven charts below begin to hint at an answer to that question. → Read More

Clayton Aldern

Clayton Aldern Clayton Aldern is a senior fellow at Grist. → Read More

Big countries are still waiting to ratify the Paris climate deal. What’s the holdup?

From D.C. to Delhi, there’s a lot of politics going on behind the scenes. → Read More

Top climate leader wants to be U.N.’s head honcho

United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres is preparing to run for secretary-general. → Read More

Post-Brexit, U.K. favorite for prime minister is Trump-Lite on climate change

Former London Mayor Boris Johnson isn’t exactly a climate denier. But he’s something. → Read More

Brexit could have serious repercussions for the climate

What will Britain’s vote to leave the European Union mean for the Paris agreement and climate action? → Read More