Robinson Meyer

Robinson Meyer

Robinson Meyer is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he covers climate change and technology.

The eye of a hurricane

The Sudden, Shocking Growth of Hurricane Michael

In little more than a day, a Category 1 storm became a “worst-case scenario” Category 4.

Indonesian tsunami damage

Can We Detect Tsunamis Before It’s Too Late?

Even the world’s best system “is really not a technological solution to the problem of a near-field tsunami.”

a girl works on a drawing amid a smoky haze

Will Washington State Voters Make History on Climate Change?

The state could be the first in the union to adopt a carbon price by ballot.

A surfer rides the waves under a hot, setting sun.

Climate Change May Cause 26,000 More U.S. Suicides by 2050

Unusually hot days have profound effects on mental health and human physiology.

A plume of ash rises from Kilauea Volcano on May 3, 2018.

In Hawaii, Neighborhoods Are Being Displaced By Lava

Volcanic eruptions like this can have a long-term—and sometimes permanent—impact on the communities that live there.

Trump delivers his first State of the Union address.

Trump Doesn't Mention Climate Change in His State of the Union

“We have endured floods, and fires, and storms,” he said, without saying what made them all worse.

A NOAA satellite captures Hurricane Harvey spinning in the Gulf of Mexico in the days before it made landfall.

Global Warming Really Did Make Hurricane Harvey More Likely

Texas is now six times more likely to see huge, cyclone-related floods than it was in the 1990s.

Joseph Leader, the vice president of the New York MTA, inspects a flooded escalator down to a subway platform in the days after Hurricane Sandy.

How Hurricanes and Climate Change Will Flood New York City

A new study suggests that the next few hundred years won’t be smooth sailing.

A firefighter pulls a hose down a wooded trail.

In a Changing Climate, Will San Francisco Start to Feel Like L.A.?

“The comparison is not a bad one.”

A worker waits for a piece of heavy machinery to pass by at a new coal mine in Friedens, Pennsylvania, in June 2017.

The End of the Clean Power Plan?

The EPA administrator Scott Pruitt has announced a plan to repeal this signature Obama-era policy, which strove to gut power plant emissions 32 percent by 2030.

A firefighter battles the Ponderosa Fire east of Oroville, California, in late August.

Why the West Is Burning

Despite a wet winter, wildfires have spiraled out of control.

A Texas State Park police officer walks on the cracked and drought-wracked lakebed of O.C. Fisher Lake, in San Angelos, Texas

Climate Change Will Intensify Inequality in the U.S.

Global warming will aggravate regional disparities and the South will bear the worst of the costs, according to a revolutionary new economic assessment.

Google's New Product Puts Peer Pressure to a Sunny Use

The company’s “Project Sunroof” now shows you which of your friends have already put solar panels on their roof.

A Visual Search Engine for the Entire Planet

Descartes Labs lets you point-and-hop between features in China and the United States.

The Town Where People Clash With Polar Bears

Arctic warming means more conflict between humans and the giant predators in Churchill, Manitoba.

Identifying Poverty From Space

As a country’s GDP increases, so does its nighttime luminosity.

A Major Earthquake in the Pacific Northwest Just Got More Likely

There is a 17 to 20 percent chance that northern Oregon will be hit by a magnitude-8 quake in the next 50 years.

What to Say When the Police Tell You to Stop Filming Them

First of all, they shouldn’t ask.

Don't Sensationalize That Big New Climate Paper

It's important to be clear about just what it says.

Why Are Government Weather Forecasts So Shouty?

They’re one of the best products put out by the NWS. But they have A CERTAIN STYLE.

Will More Local Newspapers Go Nonprofit?

It will likely depend on what happens to The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Daily News.