John Upton

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

Climate & Energy

New hurricane maps will show whether your house could drown

The federal government will enhance its maps to show the danger of floods caused by storm surges. It's a lesson learned from Superstorm Sandy.

No more mystery food

Vermont poised to mandate GMO labels on food

It will soon be the third state to require labels on genetically modified food -- and the first state willing to go there even if other states don't.

Climate & Energy

No, the IPCC climate report doesn’t call for a fracking boom

Ignore those misleading media reports. The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change actually calls for a clean energy revolution.

Climate & Energy

Power plants lose legal bid to douse you with mercury

Owners of coal plants filed suit over EPA rules cracking down on toxic air pollutants, arguing they were too expensive. A federal court disagreed.

Climate & Energy

U.N. climate report was censored

The summary of the latest big IPCC report was watered down by rich countries, which don't want to be blamed for climate change or called upon to help poor countries survive it.

Let's get ready to not rumble!

Ohio blames frackers for earthquakes

Now the state will require fracking operations to closely monitor seismic activity and stop drilling if things get shaky.

More GIFs, please

U.S. urges IPCC to be less boring, try this whole “online” thing

The U.N. climate panel's reports contain a lot of information, but can anyone stand to read them?

Mission not-quite-impossible

U.N. report spells out super-hard things we must do to curb warming

We can't stop climate change -- it's already here! -- but we can prevent the worst of it, says the latest IPCC report. Unfortunately, that will be hella difficult.

Climate & Energy

El Niño could raise meteorological hell this year

NOAA says there's a better than 50 percent chance that a damaging El Niño will develop in the summer. Other scientists are even more confident.

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