John Upton

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Climate change just reshaped America’s wildfire strategy

Thanks in part to global warming, America's forest fire problem is growing ominously. The Obama administration has a new plan to cope.

Oil companies would rather let trains explode than cooperate with feds

The petroleum industry said it would share data about oil-by-rail shipments with the government to help curb accidents and spills. Except not really.