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Robinson Meyer

Robinson Meyer
Robinson Meyer is an associate editor at The Atlantic, where he covers technology.
Management

The Oil Industry Is Quietly Winning Local Climate Fights

In the past few years, the American Petroleum Institute and its allies have fought against climate-friendly policies in at least 16 different states.

Infrastructure

America’s Coal Consumption Entered Free Fall in 2019

Coal fell 18 percent last year, the largest drop ever recorded. But carbon emissions across the rest of the economy barely budged.

Management

The Human Brain Evolved When Carbon Dioxide Was Lower

There is substantial but inconsistent evidence that as carbon-dioxide levels rise, they could affect human cognition.

Management

Dozens of States Want to Keep America’s Broken Climate Promise

States still aiming to meet U.S. climate commitments will reduce emissions 20 to 27 percent below their all-time high by 2025, a new report card shows.

Management

The Oceans We Know Won’t Survive Climate Change

Sea-level rise will become unmanageable, and life will flee the world’s tropical oceans, if carbon pollution keeps rising, a new report from the UN climate panel says.

Management

For Voters, Does Climate…Actually Even Matter?

Bernie Sanders released a massive plan for a Green New Deal this week. What’s the point of all these climate plans?

Public Safety

This Land Is the Only Land There Is

Here are seven ways of understanding the IPCC’s newest climate warning.

Management

No Climate Event in 2,000 Years Compares to What’s Happening Now

While parts of the world have warmed or cooled in the past, modern climate change is happening just about everywhere at the same time.

Management

California’s Wildfires Are 500 Percent Larger Due to Climate Change

“Each degree of warming causes way more fire than the previous degree of warming did. And that’s a really big deal.”

Infrastructure

A Very Important Climate Fact That No One Knows

The U.S. actually has a very popular climate policy—it’s on the books in 29 states. But what does it cost?

Management

America Cares About Climate Change Again

For the first time in years, a broad spectrum of climate advocates is playing offense.

Infrastructure

There Really, Really Isn’t a Silver Bullet for Climate Change

Nuclear power might be part of a Green New Deal, but it can’t meet all U.S. energy needs.

Management

Why Americans Might Never Notice Climate Change’s Hotter Weather

A person fretting about a “scorching” day might find the same temperature unremarkable within five years, a new study finds.

Management

The East Coast Is Going to Get Arkansas-ified

A new study finds the climate “twin city” for hundreds of places across the United States.

Management

The Unprecedented Surge in Fear About Climate Change

More Americans than ever are worried about climate change, but they’re not willing to pay much to stop it.

Management

Are We Living Through Climate Change’s Worst-Case Scenario?

“We’re a lot closer than we should be,” one Stanford scientist warned.

Management

A Terrifying Sea-Level Prediction Now Looks Far Less Likely

But experts warn that our overall picture of sea-level rise looks far scarier today than it did even five years ago.

Management

Democrats Establish a New House ‘Climate Crisis’ Committee

But it will likely lack the broad powers favored by supporters of a Green New Deal.

Management

The Southwest May Be Deep Into a Climate-Changed Mega-Drought

Global warming may have turned an already historic dry spell into the third-worst drought of the past 1,000 years.

Management

The Homeless Can’t Escape San Francisco’s Smoke-Ridden Air

As wildfires burn out of control, they are impacting the state’s other crisis—the growing number of people living on the streets.