John Fialka



John was the founding editor of Climatewire. He's now a reporter working on special projects, based in Denver, Colo. He's a former reporter with The Wall Street Journal, where he covered a wide variety of issues for the Washington bureau. He also served abroad as the lead reporter for the Journal in the first Gulf War and in the London bureau, during the waning days of the Cold War. He has written four books and is the co-founder of SOAR!, a group that has raised more than $10 million to help retired Catholic sisters and brothers.

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Students dare disasters to destroy these houses

DENVER — In the rapidly expanding climate for selling solar energy, this year may go down as the "year of the storm" as U.S. and foreign universities gather here for the world's 14th Solar Decathlon. It's a competition by the Department of Energy to design and build the most energy-efficient and resilient solar-powered homes.


From 'hippie thing' to hundreds of mirrors and 1,000 degrees

GOLDEN, Colo. — When President Carter established the Solar Energy Research Institute here 40 years ago, few paid serious attention to his idea that U.S. energy policy should look beyond coal or oil. Not anymore. According to the Department of Energy, the solar industry employs 73,000 Americans, and its hiring rate is rising 17 times faster than the nation's economic growth.


World faces sharp rise in risk on denser coastlines

The impact of climate change on storms might be uncertain, but their growing damage is not. Hurricanes like Maria, now barreling toward Puerto Rico, could inflict much larger losses around the world as coastlines bristle with future development.