Michael Birnbaum is a climate solutions reporter for The Washington Post. He previously served in Europe for more than a decade as the The Post's bureau chief in Brussels, Moscow and Berlin. He has reported for the newspaper from 38 countries, covering the conflict in Ukraine, the Egyptian revolution, the fall of Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi and the Arab Spring elsewhere in the Middle East. Birnbaum has a degree in German history from Yale University. He grew up in Chicago.