John Upton

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

Climate & Energy

Californians to receive $30 to $40 climate credit this month

The state's cap-and-trade program is about to pay off for millions of residents, who will be getting credits on their electricity bills.

Climate & Energy

What the U.N.’s new climate report says about North America

It's going to get hotter in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico -- and wetter in some spots but drier in others. These graphics tell the story.

Climate & Energy

U.N. climate report offers lots of bummer news plus a few dollops of encouragement

Global warming will particularly screw over poor countries, says the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. But adaptation is starting to catch on.

Food

A high seas fishing ban scorecard: (Almost) everybody wins

For half the world's oceans, there are no fishing rules. Banning fishing there would boost fisheries closer to shores and make the whole enterprise more sustainable.

Climate & Energy

States struggling to understand frackquakes

Frackers are making the earth shake, prompting even frack-friendly states to put their heads together to try to figure out how to reduce the risks.

Climate & Energy

Congress successfully took the wind out of wind energy’s sails last year

Just 1 gigawatt of new wind energy capacity was installed in the U.S. last year -- down from 13 gigawatts the year before. Thanks, Congress!

Business & Technology

Ohio lawmakers: All right, folks, we guess it’s OK for you to buy Teslas

Ohio lawmakers have backed away from a potential ban on Tesla's sales centers, but they will only allow three of the centers to operate in their state.

Climate & Energy

BP’s newly upgraded refinery just spilled oil into Chicago’s water source

An oil spill from BP's Whiting refinery was just the latest in a string of similar accidents across the U.S.

Politics

Christie’s new woe: Court rules he illegally dumped climate protections

When Christie's administration unilaterally pulled out out of a regional cap-and-trade program in 2011, it broke the law, an appeals court rules.