Writings

Selected works

2021

Carbon-offset investigations

11 Aug How to Sell ‘Carbon Neutral’ Fossil Fuel That Doesn’t Exist (Bloomberg)
02 June
Wall Street’s Favorite Climate Solution is Mired in Disagreements (Bloomberg)
09 Apr
A Carbon-Sucking Startup Has Been Paralyzed by Its CEO (Bloomberg)

Features

08 Sep World’s Largest Carbon-Sucking Plant Starts Making Tiny Dent in Emissions (Bloomberg)
09 Aug Climate Scientists Reach ‘Unequivocal’ Consensus on Human-Made Warming (Bloomberg)
05 Aug
Inside the Showdown Between UN Climate Science and Global Politics (Bloomberg)
13 Jun The Green Revolution Is Being Built on a Very Dirty Industry (Bloomberg)
27 Apr The Hidden Science Making Batteries Better, Cheaper and Everywhere (Bloomberg)
14 Apr Inside the Secret Battery Lab With a $20 Billion Breakthrough (Bloomberg)
16 Feb Upheaval Is Coming to South Africa Over the Shift Away From Coal (Bloomberg)
15 Feb Inside Bill’s Brain as He Tries to Tackle Climate Change (Bloomberg)
21 Jan Saudi Oil Giant Understates Carbon Footprint by Up to 50% (Bloomberg)

Net Zero columns

21 Sep This Might Be the Biggest Win for Upcoming Global Climate Talks (Bloomberg)
14 Sep We Pay to Treat Waste Water, Why Not Waste Carbon? (Bloomberg)
07 Sep Climate Anxiety Is the First Stage. Climate Whiplash Comes Next (Bloomberg)
18 Aug What It Means When Climate Scientists Say They’re Certain (Bloomberg)
03 Aug The Dirty Secret of Carbon Accounting That Underpins Climate Goals (Bloomberg)
27 Jul Artificial Intelligence Could Dramatically Speed Up Climate Action (Bloomberg)
20 Jul How to Talk About Climate Change as Catastrophes Pile Up (Bloomberg)
13 Jul Before Fixing the Planet, We Have to Fix Everyday Things (Bloomberg)
06 Jul How Not to Freak Out About a Carbon Tax (Bloomberg)
22 Jun The Climate Solution That Cuts Emissions and Saves Money (Bloomberg)
15 Jun What Oil Companies Can Do to Cut the Demand for Oil (Bloomberg)
08 Jun The G-7 Deal to Tax Corporations More Is Good Climate Policy (Bloomberg)
02 Jun Turning Carbon Offsets Into Catnip for Commodities Traders (Bloomberg)
25 May Get Ready for Big Political Fights Over Carbon Accounting (Bloomberg)
18 May The World’s Top Energy Agency Reckons With Net-Zero Emissions (Bloomberg)
11 May Germany’s 2045 Net-Zero Goal Means Accepting Unpopular Technologies (Bloomberg)
04 May Pandemic or Climate Change, Government Has a Crucial Role to Play (Bloomberg)
27 Apr Carbon Restrictions Are Finally Here to Bend the Emissions Curve (Bloomberg)
20 Apr Secrecy in the Battery Industry Is Becoming a Headache for Everyone (Bloomberg)
13 Apr How to Think About Negative Emissions in the Climate Fight (Bloomberg)
22 Mar India Will Have to Leapfrog Every Major Economy to Reach Net Zero by 2050 (Bloomberg)
16 Mar If Tesla Is the Apple of Electric Vehicles, Volkswagen Is Betting It Can Be Samsung (Bloomberg)
10 Mar The World Isn’t Building Back Better After the Pandemic (Bloomberg)
02 Mar Better Cables Could Halve U.S. Grid Emissions by 2030 (Bloomberg)
22 Feb Exxon Pushed for Net-Zero Goal by Activist Shareholder (Bloomberg)
15 Feb Bill Gates Shows How Hard It Can Be to Divest From Fossil Fuel (Bloomberg)
09 Feb Capitalism Is Struggling With the Language of Climate Change (Bloomberg)
03 Feb A New Coal Mine Undercuts U.K.’s Claim to Climate Leadership (Bloomberg)
19 Jan Bill Gates-Led Fund Raises Another $1 Billion to Invest in Clean Tech (Bloomberg)
05 Jan Climate Action Is Embedding Into How the World Works (Bloomberg)

2020

Exxon investigation

23 Dec Exxon Knows Its Carbon Future And Keeps the Data From View (Bloomberg)
07 Dec Exxon Holds Back on Technology That Could Slow Climate Change (Bloomberg)
06 Oct Exxon, Oil Rivals Shield Their Carbon Forecasts From Investors (Bloomberg)
05 Oct Exxon’s Plan for Surging Emissions Revealed in Leaked Documents (Bloomberg)

Features

26 Sep China’s Carbon Target Moves Big Economies Into Radical Climate Consensus (Bloomberg)
16 Sep Are Batteries the Trade War China’s Already Won? (Bloomberg)
15 Sep It’s a Race Against Heat, and Humanity Is Losing (Bloomberg)
28 Jul
A Totally Green Electric Grid Will Dramatically Speed Up Climate Action (Bloomberg)
25 Jun Big Oil’s Long Bet on Hydrogen Offers a Climate Lifeline (Bloomberg)
17 Jun The Electric Car Battery Boom Has Screeched to a Halt, For Now (Bloomberg)
09 Jun Look Who’s Talking About Zero Emissions: Shell’s CEO (Bloomberg)
09 Jun How to Grown Green: 26 Ways to Launch a Clean Energy Future (Bloomberg)
24 Apr Forced Inside, Climate Activists Are Making Noise From Their Living Rooms (Bloomberg)
24 Apr These Face Masks for Cows Have Nothing to Do With Coronavirus (Bloomberg)
31 Mar Pandemic Reveals the Science of Risk That Shapes Our Lives (Bloomberg)

Net Zero columns

04 Dec The Wonk Shop Behind the G-20’s Most Ambitious Climate Goal (Bloomberg)
01 Dec Gasoline Car Bans Show Why Market Forces Aren’t Always Enough (Bloomberg)
17 Nov Numbers Show We’re Not as Addicted to Fossil Fuels as You Think (Bloomberg)
10 Nov How to Think About India in a Net-Zero World (Bloomberg)
02 Nov What the U.S. Election Means for Global Climate Action (Bloomberg)
27 Oct With Big Oil Declining, Carbon Removal Could Take Its Place (Bloomberg)
19 Oct A New Metric to Figure Out the Most Effective Ways to Cut Carbon (Bloomberg)
29 Sep It’s Time to Stop Confusing Key Climate Terms (Bloomberg)
22 Sep The Magic Number That Unlocks The Electric-Car Revolution (Bloomberg)
15 Sep The Activist Trying to Bend the U.S. Congress Toward Climate (Bloomberg)
08 Sep Maybe Capitalism Isn’t the Real Culprit Behind Climate Change (Bloomberg)
25 Aug The Little-Known Clean Energy Revolution (Bloomberg)
18 Aug A Growing Climate Movement Wants Countries to Stop Growing (Bloomberg)
11 Aug Five Key Ideas to Keep in Mind When Fighting Climate Change (Bloomberg)
04 Aug There Are Still Real Fights Over Climate Change, Just Not the Ones You Think (Bloomberg)
28 Jul Apple’s Climate Plan Is Even More Interesting Than It Appears (Bloomberg)
21 Jul Capitalists’ Biggest Fear Is an ‘Inevitable Policy Response’ (Bloomberg)
14 Jul This Solution to Runaway Emissions Starts with Crushed Rocks (Bloomberg)
30 Jun Norway’s $2.6 Billion Green Bet Could Help the Whole Planet (Bloomberg)
16 Jun Germany Shows the World How to Green the Stimulus (Bloomberg)
02 Jun Britain’s Record Sunshine Offers a Glimpse Into a Dry Future (Bloomberg)
26 May These Pioneers Are Already Living the Green Recovery (Bloomberg)
19 May Companies Worth $2 Trillion Are Calling for a Green Recovery (Bloomberg)
12 May Big Oil Has Big Plans for Net Zero. Are They Credible? (Bloomberg)
05 May Top Finance Minds Want the Economic Recovery to Be Green (Bloomberg)
28 Apr The Pandemic Is Accelerating Coal’s Demise (Bloomberg)
20 Apr How Shell Can Become the First Net-Zero Oil Major (Bloomberg)
14 Apr Air Pollution’s Insidious Link to the Pandemic (Bloomberg)
07 Apr Lack of Preparedness Links Coronavirus and Climate Change (Bloomberg)
31 Mar Pandemic Reveals the Science of Risk That Shapes Our Lives (Bloomberg)
23 Mar Should Economic Stimulus Be Green? It’s a Matter of Timing (Bloomberg)
17 Mar Worried About the World? Here’s How to Cope With Anxiety (Bloomberg)
10 Mar Green Energy’s $10 Trillion Revolution Faces Oil Crash Test (Bloomberg)
03 Mar The Virus-Hit Global Economy Needs a Green Stimulus (Bloomberg)
25 Feb BP’s Bold Climate Plan Doesn’t Add Up to Net Zero (Bloomberg)
18 Feb What Bezos’s $10 Billion Can Do for the Climate Fight (Bloomberg)
11 Feb Unlike Global Warming, Climate Change Is Here To Stay (Bloomberg)
04 Feb Banish ‘Eat Local’ From Your Environmental Playbook (Bloomberg)
28 Jan Trees Aren’t the Simple Climate Solution They Seem to Be (Bloomberg)

2019

Special report on coal 
State of Play Lessons from India trying to deal with its coal addiction (Quartz)
Feature The science of what makes coal so dirty (Quartz)
Q&A India’s hard push on renewables isn’t about climate change—yet (Quartz)
Photo essay Inside India’s coal country (Quartz)

Special report on Occidental Petroleum

Profile Vicki Hollub is showing Big Oil how to survive climate change (Quartz)
Feature California law is creating a strange thing: carbon-negative oil (Quartz)

Special report on batteries 

State of Play The complete guide to the battery revolution (Quartz)
Feature How we get to the next big battery breakthrough (Quartz)
Q&A An MIT professor’s quest to solve the world’s battery needs (Quartz)
Profile CATL is the world’s largest electric-vehicle battery company (Quartz)
Visual Elements of the periodic table that can be used to make batteries (Quartz)
Tool Kit How to cut through battery-industry hype (Quartz)

2018

Special report on electric cars 

State of Play The future of electric cars is being scripted in China (Quartz)
Investigation How to keep track of China’s electric carmakers (Quartz)
Interactive Electric cars claim to be cheaper and greener. But are they? (Quartz)
Profile Inside BYD—the world’s largest maker of electric vehicles (Quartz)
Q&A A top electric-vehicle expert changed his mind on China (Quartz)
Chartbook China’s electric cars are creating infrastructure headaches (Quartz)

26 Sep Bill Gates-led $1 billion energy fund is expanding its portfolio of startups fighting climate change (Quartz)
26 Sep In search of clean energy, investments in nuclear-fusion startups are heating up (Quartz)
18 Aug Stacking concrete blocks is a surprisingly efficient way to store energy (Quartz)
07 Aug The next major innovation in batteries might be here (Quartz)
01 Aug The Race to Reinvent Cement (Anthropocene Magazine)
12 Jun To hit climate goals, Bill Gates and his billionaire friends are betting on energy storage (Quartz)
16 May The way scientists define climate goals has given the world a false sense of hope (Quartz)
11 Apr Uber will bring you flying taxis, if you can help build a magical battery (Quartz)
07 Jan 5,000-year old rock art found in India is likely the oldest depiction of a supernova (Quartz)

2017

The Race to Zero Emissions

21 Feb One company’s ambitious plan to cut carbon emissions for an entire nation (Quartz)
15 Dec China is the acid-test for a technology that could save the world from catastrophic climate change (Quartz)
13 Dec The compelling case for capturing carbon emissions and burying them underground (Quartz)
12 Dec An innovative natural-gas power plant could be the future of hurricane-proof electricity (Quartz)
11 Dec Batteries can’t solve the world’s biggest energy-storage problem. One startup has a solution. (Quartz)
08 Dec The teenager inventor who could change the way the world fights climate change (Quartz)
06 Dec The material that built the modern world is also destroying it. Here’s a fix (Quartz)
05 Dec A radical startup has invented the world’s first zero-emissions fossil-fuel power plant (Quartz)
04 Dec Humanity’s fight against climate change is failing. One technology can change that. (Quartz)
12 Oct The world’s first “negative emissions” plant has begun operation—turning carbon dioxide into stone (Quartz)
21 Jun The revolutionary technology pushing Sweden toward the seemingly impossible goal of zero emissions (Quartz)
09 Jan Two Indian engineers have found a way to radically reduce the cost of capturing carbon emissions (Quartz)

2017 (also)

30 Sep The journey of a “doctor” who joined the cult of alternative medicine and then broke out of it (Quartz)
03 Aug The visual story of what humans sacrifice in our relentless hunt for coal (Quartz)
02 Aug  A highly successful attempt at genetic editing of human embryos has opened the door to eradicating inherited diseases (Quartz)
23 May Your taxes continue to pay fossil-fuel companies to pollute—but thankfully less each year (Quartz)
20 May We just avoided nuclear disaster. If we don’t act now, we may not be able to avoid the next one. (Quartz)
03 May If your carbon footprint makes you feel guilty, there’s an easy way out (Quartz)
18 Apr It’s time to stop thinking we can “life hack” our way to a happier life (Quartz)
20 Mar A single ride in London could wind up costing Uber hundreds of millions of dollars (Quartz)
28 Feb A genetic tool maps the spread of deadly viruses in real time (Quartz)
20 Feb An ingenious European lawsuit could finally provide a realistic way to stop Brexit (Quartz)
24 Jan An elegy for Antarctica’s Larsen C, the 10,000-year-old ice shelf that’s about to break away (Quartz)

2016

22 Dec Scientists are closer to finding alien life than they have ever been (Quartz)
09 Nov The greatest threat from a Trump presidency may be his toxic brew of unscientific beliefs (Quartz)
24 Oct A 1912 news article ominously forecasted the catastrophic effects of fossil fuels on climate change (Quartz)
12 Sep The illegal trade in wild-animal meat could cause the next global pandemic (Mosaic/Quartz)
12 Sep North Korea’s nuclear test was a sales pitch to other rogue states (Quartz)
08 Aug Alien hunters are fixated on a mysterious star, which refuses to reveal its secrets (Quartz)
26 Jul Why we still don’t know all of the ways you can contract Zika (Quartz)
23 Jun Why it sometimes seems like everything causes cancer (Quartz)
03 May Should I sleep train my baby? (Quartz)
13 Apr Should your baby share your bed? (Quartz)
26 Mar A Cambridge professor on how to stop being so easily manipulated by misleading statistics (Quartz)
24 Feb The WHO botched Ebola—but it’s winning praise for handling the terrifying Zika epidemic (Quartz)
07 Jan Why it’s so difficult to build a hydrogen bomb (Quartz)

2015

22 Dec 2015 was the year it became OK to genetically engineer babies (Quartz)
30 Nov I failed to get into an IIT—and 10 years later I could not be happier (Quartz)
20 Nov How gene drives could be the next weapon of mass destruction (Quartz)
09 Oct A man who recorded every detail of his life for five years has the ultimate way to live in the moment (Quartz)
24 Sep A man who tracked five years of sneezes might have a fix for your pollen allergy (Quartz)
03 Sep It’s probably a myth that we’re not getting enough sleep (Quartz)
01 Aug Separating fact from ancient Indian science fiction (LiveMint)
01 Jul Why China won’t listen to Western scientists about genetically modifying the human embryo (Quartz)
18 Jun I once tried to cheat sleep, and for a year I succeeded (Quartz)
27 May John Nash: A life of brilliance, madness, and reawakening (Quartz)
27 Mar Rotavac is not India’s first indigenous vaccine (Lokmat Times)

2014

23 Sep One small step for India may become a big step for humanity (Down to Earth)
30 Apr Search for alien life could remain fruitless (The Conversation)
12 Apr Massive asteroid may have kickstarted the movement of continents (The Conversation)
12 Feb India’s urban work boom is leaving women behind (The Conversation)

2013

05 Dec Metals in your smartphone have no substitutes (The Conversation)
30 Sep Nanoparticles that can find specific targets before delivering a drug could change medicine (Chemistry World)
21 Sep Small creatures with fast metabolisms see the world like an action replay (The Economist)
11 Aug New meta-analysis checks the correlation between intelligence and faith (Ars Technica)

2012

27 Oct A new technique to help cure mitochondrial diseases should be permitted by the law (The Economist)
06 Oct Slowly the influence of genes in shaping political outlook and behaviour is being recognised (The Economist)

2011

01 Mar Last Retort: Get real (Chemistry World)

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