Kate Yoder

Kate Yoder is a staff writer at  Grist.

societal collapse

Climate change has toppled some civilizations but not others. Why?

The new research, published in a peer-reviewed biological sciences journal from The Royal Society, suggests that resilience is an ability that societies can gain and lose over time. Researchers found that a stable society can withstand even a dramatic climate shock, whereas a small shock can lead to chaos in a vulnerable one.

March 29, 2024

Thunder Horse platform

Big Oil Spent $3.6 Billion to Clean Up its Image, and it’s Working

If you’ve ever seen an ad featuring ExxonMobil scientists handling beakers of green goo, the algae that will supposedly fuel the future, you’ve been the target of an oil company’s advertisement. Exxon isn’t trying to sell you a product, exactly — but it is hoping to sell you on the idea that it’s committed to a greener future.

January 3, 2020

People's Climate March

Retreating from Rising Seas isn’t a Win or a Defeat — it’s Reality

“Managed retreat” is a controversial response to climate change. It’s the idea that communities and governments should be strategic about moving people away from areas that have become too waterlogged to live in safely.

September 4, 2019


8 Percent of Americans Recently Changed their Minds on Climate. What Gives?

So if you’re trying to get someone to open their mind, you might consider the idea of a having tough, nuanced conversation … and actually hearing them out. Good, old-fashioned, respectful debate? I’d take that over a rage fest or shoutathon any day.

January 17, 2019

War metaphors

War of Words

Coming from a pacifist background, and obsessed with linguistics, I’ve grown uneasy with the way war shapes our words. The thought struck me earlier this year: By pitting one group against another, do war metaphors undermine our ability to address the complex problem of climate change, the biggest global crisis we face?

December 10, 2018

Hurricane Florence

Florence Stirs Up a Debate about How we Talk about Hurricanes

The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale does just what it’s supposed to: rank a storm based on its winds speeds. But the scale ignores other threats, like rainfall, storm surge, and the overall size of the storm. 

September 27, 2018

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