John Upton

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

preemptive attack

How Trump and Congress might undermine climate action in states

Progressive states and cities are bracing for federal restrictions.

Rexit

Secretary of state pick to get $180 million from Exxon

As part of the deal, outgoing CEO Rex Tillerson will “sever all ties with the company to comply with conflict-of-interest requirements.”

guest post

E.U. loophole counts wood energy as “carbon neutral.” It’s not.

If approved, new rules could threaten the climate and U.S. forests.

a sinking ship

Shipping industry: Climate change? What’s the big rush!

A U.N. maritime agency postponed a climate plan until 2023.

coastal ghosts

Ghost forests are eerie evidence of rising seas

As saltwater inundates their roots, coastal trees are dying off.

oh snap and dividend

California cap-and-trade program faces major hurdles

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

air crud

“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.