John Upton

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

Will gas get a free pass?

Oil companies try to weasel out of California’s cap-and-trade program

Big Oil has convinced some lawmakers to try to delay the inclusion of motor fuels in the state's carbon-trading system. Because it cares about struggling families.

Politics

Will the U.S. keep spending taxpayer money on dirty coal plants abroad?

President Obama ordered the U.S. Export-Import Bank to stop funding coal plants, but some members are Congress are trying to undermine that ban.

Climate & Energy

Canadians are eating tar-sands pollution

New research paints an alarming picture of wildlife being contaminated by tar-sands extraction -- wildlife that First Nations have long hunted for food.

Please, sir, may I have some more?

California’s cap-and-trade program will fund environmental justice

The state will spend more than $800 million over the coming year on environmental programs funded by cap-and-trade, and at least a quarter of that will help disadvantaged communities.

The thin edge of the veg

Going vegetarian can cut your diet’s carbon footprint in half

A new study tells you how much your diet is warming the planet.

Buzz kill much?

Just how friendly are your “bee-friendly” plants?

"Bee-deadly" might be more accurate thanks to widespread use of neonicotinoid pesticides. But now retailers like Home Depot are trying to fix the problem.

joke's on you, assholes

Obama is absolutely lambasting Republicans on climate change now

The Democrats are increasingly using climate change as a wedge, marginalizing Republicans as elections approach.

It's just a baby

Happy first birthday, U.S. Climate Action Plan!

How much has Obama accomplished since he introduced his plan one year ago?

Bee-ware!

Everything we know about neonic pesticides is awful

A review of more than 800 scientific papers has painted a terrifying picture of the ecosystem-wide impacts of neonicotinoids.

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