John Upton

John Upton is a former Grist news blogger. He tweets, posts articles to Facebook, and blogs about ecology.

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California cap-and-trade program faces major hurdles

State lawmakers passed an ambitious climate bill, but it might be undermined.

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“Smoke waves” from wildfires are getting worse — and getting more people sick

Air pollution during the worst smoke waves is expected to worsen more than 400 percent.

Climate & Energy

We’re starting to understand just how Zika and climate change go together

Scientists try to narrow in on the way warmer, weirder weather helped the disease spread.

Climate & Energy

30 million dead trees could make California wildfires even worse

As if the state's firefighters weren’t already busy enough.

Climate & Energy

California’s drought isn’t going away anytime soon

El Niño winters normally flood the state with rain and snow -- but this one was different.

Climate & Energy

Dungeness crabs threatened by, you guessed it, climate change

Ocean acidification is bad for crab larvae, and the fishermen who rely on them.

Climate & Energy

Climate change made catastrophic coral bleaching 175 times more likely

A new study compares the probability of coral-bleaching ocean temperatures occurring with and without the effects of global warming

Climate & Energy

Washington state will vote on a carbon tax this fall — but it’s complicated

The ballot initiative sparked a debate over what's better: a carbon tax or cap-and-trade.

Climate & Energy

Atlantic coastline sinks as sea levels rise

No surprise that floods are getting worse.