John Upton

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

adapt or be sued

Get ready for a whole new kind of climate change lawsuit

An insurance company is suing Chicago-area municipalities for not doing enough to prepare for climate change–juiced flooding.

Battle of the divulge

First responders vs. frackers: Who will win?

Frackers want to keep their chemical cocktails a secret, but a North Carolina bill would let emergency workers know what they're up against.

mo' warming, mo' problems

Climate change has found another way to screw the poor

Global warming will hurt poor countries' creditworthiness, according to a new report from Standard & Poor’s.

You can almost smell the changes

EPA to clamp down on deadly oil refinery pollution

After more than a decade of inaction and a lawsuit, the EPA is finally moving to more tightly regulate poisonous emissions from 150 oil refineries.

the violent crackle of global warming

Insane wildfires arrive months early in SoCal, threaten nuke plant

Drought-ravaged Southern California is aflame.

PAH dance, anybody?

Strip club flooded by oil spill in L.A.

A geyser of oil shot 50 feet in the air after a pipeline ruptured, leading to a 10,000-gallon spill and a knee-deep, lake-like mess.

LEED it ain't

Enviros bash industry-backed “green” building program

The Sierra Club and Greenpeace are teaming up to expose the industry forces behind the Green Globes certification system.

Bring out the big guns

Military experts are worried about climate change, and you should be too

America is coming under attack, say 16 retired generals and admirals, and the attacker is global warming.

who likes money?

End fossil fuel burning, save $71 trillion — and preserve civilization as we know it

Two new reports outline the economic boons that would follow if we would just dump our climate-wrecking dirty-energy addiction.