Julian Spector

Julian Spector

Julian Spector is a former editorial fellow at CityLab, where he covers climate change, energy, and clean tech.

What I Learned Installing Solar Panels

It was easier than I thought.

Tokyo's Olympic Bet on Hydrogen Power

The city is spending big money to make fuel cells affordable. Is that the right way to cut carbon?

The Rise of Resilience Planning

As the 100 Resilient Cities initiative reaches its namesake goal, the group’s president reflects on challenges and successes thus far.

Nuclear Power Fights for a Spot in Illinois' Clean Energy Future

State lawmakers are debating whether to keep ailing nuclear plants alive. The outcome will set a precedent for more states to come.

How to Clean Up the Dirtiest Vehicles on the Road

Personal cars get most of the attention, but trucks and buses are long overdue for an efficiency upgrade.

Scottish Seas Will Host the World's Largest Floating Wind Farm

Energy company Statoil plans to get things running by the end of 2017.

What It Would Take to Stop Invasive Pests From Destroying Millions of U.S. Trees

It would require changing the way we conduct global trade.

A Brainstorming Session to Save the World

With the goals finally agreed on, this year’s COP22 climate conference will turn to finding solutions.

These States Don't Want You to Get Solar Power

High legal barriers in 10 states make it especially difficult to put solar panels on rooftops.

Local Governments Are Paying the Price for Global Trade's Effects on Trees

The emerald ash borer hitched a ride overseas on wooden shipping crates. Now it’s eating into municipal budgets.

It's Time for Cities to Get Serious About Flood Detection

Amid heavy flooding, Houston’s Texas Medical Center showcases what can be done with current technology.

Where America's Poor Pay the Most for Electricity

Poor families face persistent obstacles to cutting their power bill.

Another Reason to Love Urban Green Space: It Fights Crime

A new body of evidence suggests that adding greenery in vacant or gray settings reduces criminal activity nearby.

Why Transit Agencies Are Finally Embracing Uber

Increasingly, public transit is viewing mobility startups as partners, not competition.

Want Solar Panels on Your Roof? Here's What You Need to Know

A handy reference for navigating an emerging industry.

Cities Speak Up to Save Obama's Clean Power Plan

A large coalition of U.S. mayors and local governments is coming to the EPA’s defense in the legal battle to cut carbon emissions from power plants.

Life in an Abandoned Mexican Town Foreshadows a World of Rising Waters

The three families that stayed in San Marcos show how to cope with the collapse of a city.

Why Reston, Virginia, Still Inspires Planners 50 Years Later

A new documentary traces how the D.C. suburb’s pedestrian-centric, mixed-use approach came to dominate urban design.

Turning Stormwater Runoff Into Everyone's Business

D.C.’s marketplace for stormwater retention credits wasn't taking off, but a new investment could change that.

How to Fix Solar Power's Inequality Problem

The burgeoning field of shared renewables could help disadvantaged communities, if certain obstacles are overcome.

Can a GOP Donor Get Conservatives to Fight Climate Change?

Millionaire businessman Jay Faison is trying, but the presidential candidates aren’t making it easy.