John Upton

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

Ocean temperatures spiked in 2013

The next time somebody bends your ear about a supposed "global warming pause," just show them these two graphs.

Tesla's cross-country rally

Teslas drive L.A. to N.Y. in three days, guzzle no gas

Never mind the snow and sleet -- a pair of Tesla Model S electric sedans just made it across the country in 76 hours.

The Whitsundays, in the Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef will be smothered with silt, because coal

An Australian agency has given Indian and Australian coal mining companies permission to dump silt from a dredging project in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

bumblebee

Bees exposed to neonic pesticides suck at gathering pollen

Bumblebees reared by scientists on pesticide-laced diets had trouble finding and gathering pollen.

Forests of Douglas fir in Washington

Oh rot: Climate change could topple Northwest’s Douglas fir forests

Root-rotting fungi already take a huge bite out of the region's timber business. Now, scientists warn that it will get much worse.

Chochki Sea

Shell will stay out of the Arctic this year

Shell announced it won't attempt to drill for oil in the Arctic this year -- and that it's "considering its options" in the region.

Delhi smog

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.

Anti-fracking protest in New York

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.

Fred Upton

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?