Kate Sheppard

Kate Sheppard is a political reporter at Grist, and a former Prospect writing fellow.

Recent Articles


STORMING THE DEBATE. As has been explained previously, severe storms haven't been decisively tied to climate change. But while the most recent storms that have pummeled Mexico and Central America can't be fingered as evidence of global warming, most scientists agree that warming trends aren't helping matters.


TIDING US OVER. As In These Times reports this week, parts of the world are already dealing with the effects of straining the natural environment, and those effects are having concrete social impacts on vulnerable communities. "Environmental stress forced more than 25 million to migrate in 1998, according to a Red Cross and Red Crescent study -- roughly the same number that fled armed conflict," the magazine reports. And that was way back in 1998. If the diminishing amount of inhabitable land has already prompted massive migration in some parts of the world, it will only worsen with the changing climate:

The Story of the Hurricane

In his new book, Storm World, Chris Mooney tries to stay apolitical as he unpacks the complicated history and science of storms and climate.


TAKE OFF YOUR COAT AND STAY AWHILE. Way out here in the other Washington, it's not that often that we get to enjoy political activity of national merit. So when Alberto Gonzales rolls into town for the first time during his tenure as Attorney General, you'd expect something exciting to come of it. Except it didn't this morning, not in the least.


WE THREE DINGS. The three U.S. attorneys gathered in Seattle on Wednesday also gave nod to other federal prosecutors who while not among the eight dismissed in December have been bearing the brunt of political pressure from the Department of Justice and the White House.

"I know that our former colleagues, and I'm going to name several, are hurting because of what very senior people in the DOJ have done," said John McKay, the ousted attorney for western Washington.