John Upton

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

Climate & Energy

Indian bummer: Is Delhi the smoggiest city in Asia?

There's no way to be sure if Delhi's air pollution is worse than Beijing's, but this Delhi-based reporter concludes both cities are filthy.

Climate & Energy

Frackers banned from New York for at least another year

Gov. Cuomo's administration announced that New York's fracking moratorium will not be lifted before April 2015. Frackers, predictably, are freaking.


Republicans vote to deny climate change

Republicans voted against an amendment that would have stated that greenhouse gases cause climate change. Are they stupid, or just corrupt?

Climate & Energy

Thousands of Californians are about to run out of water

Water officials say 17 communities are at risk of running completely dry in the next two to four months.


Hawaii lawmakers move to block local bans on GMOs, pesticides

Hawaii lawmakers have stepped in to protect Monsanto, Syngenta, and other ag giants from local laws that restrict their operations.

Climate & Energy

We can harvest methane from cow guts. Should we?

Argentinian scientists hope to harness the methane cows fart and burp by passing a pipe into their stomachs and sucking out the gas for energy.


Sorry, San Franciscans — New York rated as nation’s best transit city

New York, San Francisco, Boston, and D.C. were rated highly for their abundance of transit options. Colorado Springs was not.


Rice paddies providing respite for birds in drought-ravaged California

California's rice growers are being paid to leave water in their paddies for a couple extra months, providing migratory birds with stopover points.

Climate & Energy

Australian Open heat was a climate-change preview, but at least nobody died

The Australian Open highlighted global warming in southeastern Australia, but hallucinating tennis players are the least of Melbourne's worries.