John Upton

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

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.

Mount Tamalpais

Climate change is awfully hard on native plants

California plants are struggling to keep up with warmer temperatures.

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 change could drive 1-in-6 species to extinction

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

Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge
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.

Australian outback

Australia repeals carbon tax, scientists freak out

Australia is now the first country in the world to undo a price on greenhouse gas pollution, thanks to its climate-denying prime minister.

Google Street View car
what's that smell?

Now Google Street View is mapping gas pipeline leaks

Experiments by Google, Environmental Defense Fund, and university scientists reveal the huge amounts of methane that leak from pipelines beneath some cities.