Shannon Osaka

Washington, D.C.

Climate zeitgeist reporter

Education: Princeton University, BA in environmental science and environmental studies; University of Oxford, MPhil in geography

Shannon Osaka is a climate reporter covering policy, culture, and science for The Washington Post. She came to The Post after two and a half years at the nonprofit environment journalism outlet Grist, where she analyzed federal climate policy, the energy transition and ideas about climate change. Before becoming a journalist, she received a master’s degree in human geography and published academic papers on climate change perception and modeling.
Latest from Shannon Osaka

It’s common to charge electric vehicles at night. That will be a problem.

As EV owners plug in their cars, there is a looming problem: pressures on the electricity grid if most drivers continue to charge their electric cars at night.

September 22, 2022

The many paradoxes of Charles III as ‘climate king’

When King Charles III assumed the throne, some were quick to point out his environmental bona fides. But the new monarch’s beliefs are messy.

September 13, 2022

Air conditioning has a climate problem. New technology could help.

Researchers and start-ups are racing to develop the air conditioning unit of the future. Here are some of the options.

September 12, 2022

To fight climate change, environmentalists may have to give up a core belief

To fight climate change, environmentalists may have to learn to say yes to big energy projects -- including some they've spent years fighting.

September 2, 2022

Why California wants to give residents $1,000 not to have a car

California has passed a $1,000 tax credit for low-income households that are living car-free.

September 1, 2022

U.N. chief calls Pakistan floods a ‘climate catastrophe’

The deadly floods Pakistan is suffering raise a difficult question: Who should pay for the damage climate change is causing in the developing world?

August 30, 2022

Did California just kill the gas-powered car?

California’s decision to ban the sales of combustion engine cars is the latest victory in the transition to electric vehicles.

August 25, 2022

First-of-its-kind study finds Hurricane Harvey hit Latinos the hardest

Researchers have connected climate change to extreme weather in the past. Now they can also assess who’s most affected.

August 25, 2022

Why the climate bill’s impact might not match what many expect

Why models could be over- (or under-!) estimating the climate impact of the Inflation Reduction Act

August 18, 2022