John Upton

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

Climate & Energy

Washington state will vote on a carbon tax this fall — but it’s complicated

The ballot initiative sparked a debate over what's better: a carbon tax or cap-and-trade.

Climate & Energy

Atlantic coastline sinks as sea levels rise

No surprise that floods are getting worse.

Climate & Energy

Climate change is sucking the Colorado River dry

The Colorado River's flow has been lighter than expected in recent years, and rising temperatures are the likely culprit.

Climate & Energy

Climate change is awfully hard on native plants

California plants are struggling to keep up with warmer temperatures.

Climate & Energy

The planet is experiencing a global warming spurt

Cyclical changes in the Pacific Ocean have thrown Earth’s surface into what may be an unprecedented warming trend, following a 15-year global warming slowdown.

The Paris climate talks: Yes oui can!

5 reasons to actually be optimistic about the Paris Climate Conference

With a new approach to climate negotiations, we just might be onto something.

Climate & Energy

Climate change could drive 1-in-6 species to extinction

Cranking up the planetary heat is going to ratchet down the planet’s biodiversity.

Listen up, EPA!

Feds move to restrict neonic pesticides — well, one fed at least

The EPA is still refusing to ban these dangerous insecticides, but a U.S. Fish and Wildlife official is phasing them out in some wildlife refuges.

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Wanna see what climate change looks like? Check out the vicious fires in northwest Canada

Hot, dry weather is triggering wildfires that are eating up forests in the Northwest Territories in Canada, and in the U.S. West too.