John Upton

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

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.

Climate & Energy

Weather-related blackouts in U.S. doubled in 10 years

Wondering why the damned power is out again? Blame climate change and America's aging grid.

Politics

GMO labeling would be outlawed by new bill in Congress

Some states are moving to require foods containing GMO ingredients to be clearly marked as such. A bill in the House would shut that movement down.

Food

Droughts push beef prices to record highs

Mo' drought, moo problems. Hamburger and sirloins are more expensive than ever, and a shortage of cattle means a surplus of tumbleweeds.

Climate & Energy

California’s drought plan will screw the environment

The state is taking radical steps to preserve its dwindling supplies of water. Wildlife will pay the price, and so will people who fish.