Nathanael Johnson, Grist

Nathanael Johnson


Berkeley, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Nathanael:

California’s Alisal Fire signals that fall wildfire season is underway

Without enough rain, fires could burn along California’s coast into the winter. → Read More

Not even a pandemic can stop solar's epic growth

Lead by Texas and the Southeast, the United States added a record 9.6 gigawatts of utility-scale solar power in 2020. → Read More

You thought the U.S. fire season was bad. Russia’s is much worse.

Climate change has brought record tempertures over 100 degrees Farenheit to the Arctic Circle two years in a row. Now Siberia is ablaze. → Read More

Outpaced: Wildfire control projects are burning up before they can even start

Even though California is moving quickly on wildfire and climate adaption efforts, fires are moving even faster. → Read More

California seeks to make its low-carbon living more affordable

Environmentally friendly cities have closed their doors to new housing, but California got a trio of new laws that allow more people in → Read More

Wildfire smoke claims more than 33,000 lives each year, new study finds

And that number doesn't even account for long-term exposure. → Read More

How one town put politics aside to save itself from fire

Timber Wars tore Ashland, Oregon apart. Wildfire prevention brought it back together. → Read More

The evidence that the world has passed 'peak car'

A look at how transportation could change without an addiction to automobiles. → Read More

As California’s fire season ramps up, “unprecedented” is getting a lot of use

The Caldor and Dixie disasters are just a glimpse of what this fire season could hold. → Read More

The other greenhouse gas: UN report sets the record straight on methane

The recent United Nations IPCC report spotlights methane's role in warming the planet reminding us that it's not only CO2 that matters. → Read More

Good wildfire news? Evidence from the Bootleg Fire supports thinning forests.

A story from the country's largest wildfire offers lessons for a dried-out, overheated West. → Read More

If everything is burning, when does it make sense to rip out a pool?

When you’re trying to make your home more climate-friendly, is any cost too high? → Read More

Tourists are desperate to return to national forests

Dry conditions have put public lands in uncharted territory this summer. That's bad news for tourists and the businesses that depend on them. → Read More

Scientists have long warned climate change threatens our food security. Now they’re finding solutions.

Facing climate change-driven food scarcity, scientists are breeding heat resistant crops to help feed us well into the future. → Read More

Scientists have long warned climate change threatens our food security. Now they’re finding solutions.

We've barely scratched the surface on the potential of plants. → Read More

The US is about to go all-in on paying farmers and foresters to trap carbon

We've already sunk hundreds of millions of dollars into existing “carbon offsets.” The problem is, it’s unclear if they even work → Read More

California committed itself to "an unprecedented amount" of clean energy

California is pushing for a landmark amount of clean energy but not just for renewables, experts see it as the best way to prevent blackouts. → Read More

Remember snow days? Today's kids get heat days.

America’s schools are underprepared for the worst impacts of climate change as snow days are increasingly replaced by 'heat days'. → Read More

Why California is building new houses in the path of wildfires

The housing market is dangerously hot. → Read More

How many people has climate change killed already?

Every year heat kills tens of thousands of people. Their breathing grows shallow, their heart rates flutter, their muscles spasm, and then they die. Heat killed over 100,000 people in 2018, when high temperatures broiled the European Union. A new study suggests that climate change was responsible for many of those deaths. The paper, published […] → Read More