John Upton

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

Climate & Energy

Beware: Rough wildfire season ahead

Firefighters are bringing a blaze in the Santa Monica Mountains under control, but many more such fires are expected in the West this year.

Climate & Energy

Canadian tar-sands exec: ‘We do need Keystone’

Contrary to what the U.S. State Department says, the head of an oil-sands company insists that the industry needs the pipeline to help it expand.

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Hawaii could be hit by more hurricanes as climate changes

There may be fewer tropical cyclones in the Pacific in the future, but those that do form are expected to be stronger and more likely to strike Hawaii.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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.