Tik Root

Washington, D.C.

Staff Writer, National Desk

Education: Middlebury College, BA in international politics & economics; Columbia University, MA in science journalism

Tik Root covers climate and climate solutions for The Washington Post. He joined in 2021. Root started his career as a freelance journalist in Yemen, and has since filed from five continents for outlets such as National Geographic, the New York Times and The Atlantic, among others. He grew up in Vermont.
Latest from Tik Root

Clean energy superstar or smokescreen for fossil fuel use? Here’s what you need to know about hydrogen.

Proponents say hydrogen could be key in the fight to curb climate change. Others warn that using hydrogen as fuel could do the opposite.

March 17, 2022

Incandescent lightbulbs are on the way out. Here’s how to shop for more efficient replacements.

Switching to more efficient lightbulbs is an important step in reducing a home’s energy use.

March 3, 2022

U.N. adopts historic resolution aimed at ending plastic pollution

The United Nations measure lays out an ambitious plan for developing a legally binding treaty by the end of 2024.

March 2, 2022

The electric future of snowmobiling

From snow sports to watercraft, battery-powered recreation could save millions of gallons of gasoline — and cut back on noise, fumes and pollution.

February 18, 2022

The U.S. Army has released its first-ever climate strategy. Here’s what that means.

The Army wants to electrify its vehicles and usher in vast changes to adapt to a warming world.

February 10, 2022

Doctors in Canada can now prescribe national park passes to patients

Studies show that time in nature can lead to a range of benefits, from less stress to higher self esteem

February 7, 2022

Biden administration to give states $1.15 billion to plug orphaned wells, which leak planet-warming methane

The Biden administration is sending $1.5 billion to the states to curb methane emissions from abandoned oil and gas wells, which are helping warm the planet long after the drilling is stopped.

January 31, 2022

After decades, Biden plans to make mobile homes greener, sparking a fierce debate.

For the first time since 1994, the government must update energy-efficiency standards for manufactured houses. Some, however, have already been finding workarounds.

January 21, 2022

Superstores can meet half their electricity needs with rooftop solar, says a new report

From Walmart to Ikea, a report finds that the rooftops of big-box stores offer enough solar potential to power the equivalent of 8 million American homes.

January 20, 2022

Interested in protecting old-growth forests? Here are some steps you can take.

Saving a single 500-year-old tree from logging might not be feasible. But experts have other ideas.

January 7, 2022