John Upton

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

Get ready for more “extreme” El NiƱos

Scientists say baby Jesus' meteorological namesake will become a thundering hulk more often as the climate changes.

We export carbon emissions to China, get smog back in return

Some developing countries have oversized carbon footprints because they manufacture so much of our junk, and their factories are sending smog back our way.

Will the U.K. follow the U.S. on a fracking binge?

British Prime Minister David Cameron seems desperate to mimic America's natural-gas boom, but plenty of hurdles stand in his way.

We may have to suck up CO2 to prevent planet from frying, U.N. says

A leaked draft of an IPCC report says we might need mass-scale geoengineering to fend off the worst of climate change. Al Gore says that's "insane."

Congress moves to restore ban on horse slaughter

Slaughterhouses that want to sell horsemeat might fight back by filing a claim under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Safety rules to prevent oil-train explosions delayed

Freight train operators won't be required to improve the safety of their tankers until next year, but they say they'll take voluntary steps in the meantime.

Big green groups demand an end to Obama’s “all of the above” energy strategy

If the president is serious about climate change, he needs to stop promoting fossil fuels, say the Sierra Club, NRDC, EDF, and 15 other groups.

U.N. climate chief calls for fossil-fuel divestment

Just as importantly, Christiana Figueres says big institutional investors should triple the money they're putting into clean energy.

Pebble Mine near Alaska’s Bristol Bay could be environmentally devastating, EPA says

A huge proposed gold and copper mine would pose major risks to the area's wildlife, fishing industry, and Native cultures, a new report finds.