John Upton

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


Rice seeds could save the day for Filipino typhoon victims

Another way Typhoon Haiyan sucked: it hit at rice-planting time. NGOs are now trying to help Filipino farmers avoid famine.


Pesticide makers have found a new way to kill bees

The EPA recently approved a new neonicotinoid insecticide that's toxic to pollinators. Green groups and beekeepers are suing to get that decision reversed.

Climate & Energy

Plants will reach point where they couldn’t possibly take another bite of our CO2

Vegetation sucks up some of the carbon dioxide we pump into the atmosphere, but that process could reverse as global temperatures rise.

Climate & Energy

Is the coal industry about to wreck the Great Barrier Reef?

Australia has OK'd a coal-export plan that will dredge part of the reef area and then run thousands of coal-laden ships through it.

Climate & Energy

Another reason to hate fracking: It could screw up your sexual health

Scientists have found endocrine-disrupting chemicals in the Colorado River and linked them to the fracking industry.


Forget golf course views; new subdivisions are being built around farms

Developers have figured out that food is more popular than golf, so they're now wrapping housing communities around farmland instead of links.

Climate & Energy

Fight over frac-sand mining heads to the polls

Voters in a Wisconsin town are trying to throw out the mayor and two city council members who want to allow sand mining in city limits.

Climate & Energy

Ozone layer will take five more decades to fully recover

It's been more than 20 years since the Montreal Protocol was signed, and scientists say it'll be another 70 years before the ozone layer fully heals.

Climate & Energy

BP targets celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse over oil-spill claims

The oil giant doesn't want to pay a restaurant company more than $8 million for Deepwater Horizon damages, so it's trying to embarrass its boss.

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