John Upton

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

Climate & Energy

What’s worse than burning coal? Burning wood

New power plants fueled with trees and wood waste are being built across the U.S. They're marketed as green, but they're actually more polluting than coal plants.

Climate & Energy

California’s cap-and-trade program pays loggers to clearcut old-growth forests

Idiotic, right? That's why enviros are calling on the state to change its rules.

Climate & Energy

Vermont expands solar net metering, gives finger to ALEC

The polluter-funded American Legislative Exchange Council has also failed to roll back solar programs in Utah, Washington, and Arizona.

Politics

Congress members ask EPA to reopen three fracking investigations

Eight U.S. reps are calling on the EPA to research possible links between fracking and water pollution. The agency abandoned the investigations over the last two years.

Politics

Republican’s bill calls for weather forecasting, not climate forecasting

An Oklahoma rep wants to defund climate research because 48 Oklahomans were killed last year by tornadoes. Seriously.

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.