John Upton

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

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.

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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

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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.

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Atlantic coastline sinks as sea levels rise

No surprise that floods are getting worse.

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Climate change is sucking the Colorado River dry

The Colorado River's flow has been lighter than expected in recent years, and rising temperatures are the likely culprit.

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Climate change is awfully hard on native plants

California plants are struggling to keep up with warmer temperatures.

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The planet is experiencing a global warming spurt

Cyclical changes in the Pacific Ocean have thrown Earth’s surface into what may be an unprecedented warming trend, following a 15-year global warming slowdown.