Eric Holthaus

Eric Holthaus is a meteorologist and contributing writer for Grist, covering climate science, policy, and solutions. He has previously written for the Wall Street Journal, Slate, and a variety of other publications.

Cyclone Idai flooding

Cyclone Idai Lays Bare the Fundamental Injustice of Climate Change

A humanitarian catastrophe is underway in Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe as the full scale of devastation from Cyclone Idai becomes more clear.

March 20, 2019

tornado damage

Nearly all Tornadoes are Survivable, so Why are People still Dying?

This isn’t just a weather disaster; it’s a failure of society. Lee County’s per capita income is $22,794, 19 percent live below the poverty line, and 17 percent of houses are mobile homes, nearly three times the national average. Unsafe shelter makes residents much more vulnerable to tornadoes.

March 8, 2019


It’s Not the Economy, Stupid. Here’s why Focusing on Money Misses the Big Climate Picture.

Money just isn’t the appropriate frame when we’re talking about the planet. Climate change is a special problem that traditional economic analyses aren’t built to handle.

November 29, 2018

Woolsey Fire

Entire Cities Evacuate as Hellish Wildfires Whip through California

A trio of rapidly expanding wildfires are burning in California, marking the latest in a string of harrowing climate-related disasters in America.

November 13, 2018


With the World on the Line, Scientists Outline the Paths to Survival

This week, scientists and representatives from every country on Earth are gathering in South Korea to put the finishing touches on a report that, if followed, would change the course of history.

October 5, 2018

Hurricane Florence

As Florence’s Flooding Ebbs, Carolina Residents Choose Fight or Flight

Hurricane Florence made landfall in the poorest portion of one of the poorest parts in the country: the Carolinas. It was the heaviest rainstorm in East Coast history, and the resulting floodwaters forced tens of thousands from their homes.

September 21, 2018

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