Robinson Meyer

Robinson Meyer

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

This Is What Adapting to Climate Change Looks Like

PG&E’s blackouts in California are a bleak preview of the disruptions that will become routine in a warmer world.

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Five Radical Climate Policies That Most Americans Actually Like

Most registered voters are in favor of spending trillions on weatherized buildings and renewable-energy infrastructure.

This Land Is the Only Land There Is

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

Flying Cars Are Realer, Cheaper, Greener Than You Think

They might even be greener than electric cars.

Sorry, Houseplants Don’t Really Purify the Air in Your Home

The science is clear: Even the most enthusiastic indoor gardeners don’t have enough vegetation to make a difference in air quality.

a photo of people sunbathing on a hot summer day in Central Park in New York City

The New York City of 2080 Will Be as Hot as Arkansas

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

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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.”

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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.