John Upton

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

Climate & Energy

Another court victory for EPA — this time on mountaintop-removal rules

The EPA is well within its rights to regulate mountaintop-removal coal mining, a federal appeals court decided.

A gassy, icy concoction

New shipping channel will carry natural gas through the Arctic

Japan and China want to buy gas from Siberia, so shipping companies are going to take a shortcut through melting ice.

Drowning in dangers

Climate change is flooding out American coastlines

A new analysis finds that flooding from storm surges is getting worse as sea levels rise.

keeping it cool

Another climate crackdown from Obama’s EPA

The EPA has proposed new rules to cut use of HFCs, refrigerants that also happen to be potent greenhouse gases.

A little slice of Saudi Arabia right at home

How hot will future summers be in your city?

A new tool lets you see how hot it's going to get in your neck of the woods if we don't do anything about climate change.

Cleanliness is next to godlessness?

Heathens are still greener than Christians

Remember the hype about the greening of Christianity? Yeah, that, not so much.

Hand it over!

Europe really wants America’s oil and gas

European Union negotiators are pushing the U.S. to drop its crude oil export ban and increase exports of natural gas, according to a leaked document.

Gingers are here to stay

No, of course climate change won’t make redheads go extinct

You might have read that global warming could mean the end of red hair. We're pleased to report that's absolutely not the case.

Wanna see a magic trick?

Environmental free-trade deal could help tar-sands producers

The WTO has started talks on a new deal that would facilitate trade in "environmental goods," but its definition of "environmental" is not so good.

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