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.

Latest Stories


Inventors search for 'missing link' in renewable energy

GOLDEN, Colo. — What may become one of the most disruptive renewable energy experiments in recent history is taking shape behind a building here in an assemblage of girders, pipes and tanks. It's called a bioreactor, but has the look of an unfinished project built with pieces from a giant erector set.


Exposing the oceans' climate change secrets

In the 1990s, scientists were scrambling to fill a huge gap in the systems that measure the Earth's warming climate. Space satellites suggested the missing pieces might be found in the vast expanses of the world's oceans, which store more than 90 percent of the heat the planet receives from space.


'Wake' mystery is mostly fixed, helping turbines best coal

In 2007, two reports laid out a stark but baffling problem: invisible wakes of turbulent air created by the turbines in the front of an offshore wind farm robbed power from the turbines built behind them. But the problem has spurred years of research both in the United States and abroad to maximize wind power's efficiency.


Xcel learns to forecast wind, then shuts coal plants

Wind power has long seduced some U.S. utilities. Unlike coal, natural gas or diesel power, the wind is free. But learning how to forecast its force, and then handle it, has been a major hurdle for power companies. Few utilities have invested more in solving that conundrum than Xcel Energy Inc.