John Upton

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

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.

Climate & Energy

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.

Climate & Energy

Climate change is awfully hard on native plants

California plants are struggling to keep up with warmer temperatures.

Climate & Energy

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.

The Paris climate talks: Yes oui can!

5 reasons to actually be optimistic about the Paris Climate Conference

With a new approach to climate negotiations, we just might be onto something.

Climate & Energy

Climate change could drive 1-in-6 species to extinction

Cranking up the planetary heat is going to ratchet down the planet’s biodiversity.

Listen up, EPA!

Feds move to restrict neonic pesticides — well, one fed at least

The EPA is still refusing to ban these dangerous insecticides, but a U.S. Fish and Wildlife official is phasing them out in some wildlife refuges.