John Upton

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

Climate & Energy

Study: When Republicans understand climate science, they support climate action

Once Republican voters grasp the reality of climate change, they start to support efforts to do something about it, according to new research.

Climate & Energy

Big Coal loses out in Indiana, despite employing two state lawmakers

A planned $2.8 billion coal-to-gas plant could be doomed now that the state legislature has approved tough new ratepayer protections.

Climate & Energy

Weird wintry weather and the climate-change link

It's warm on the coasts and cold and snowy in between. And some kind of hellish weirdness in the Texas Panhandle.

Climate & Energy

Court says N.Y. town can outlaw fracking

Dryden and more than 50 other municipalities want to ban fracking in case New York's state moratorium is lifted. An appeals court said that's just fine.

Climate & Energy

Atlantic coastal waters are the hottest since measurements began

Temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean from Maine to North Carolina were nearly three degrees warmer last year than the 30-year average.

Living

Go (slightly) greener by getting your groceries delivered

You could halve the carbon footprint of your grocery shopping by sitting back and letting somebody else deliver the goods to your door, a new study finds.

Climate & Energy

ExxonMobil’s tar-sands pipeline leaks again

The same ExxonMobil pipeline that made a big mess a month ago in Mayflower, Ark., has now spilled into a yard in Missouri.

Politics

Climate-denying GOP rep wants to take science-funding decisions away from scientists

Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas has drafted a bill that would let Congress set the criteria for grants awarded by the National Science Foundation.

Climate & Energy

Climate change hurts women. Wall Street Journal sneers.

Democrats pointed out that climate change disproportionately affects women, especially poor women in developing countries. Right-wing media outlets thought that was funny.