John Upton

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

Climate & Energy

How offshore wind farms could protect us from hurricanes

A wall of offshore turbines could have reduced Hurricane Katrina's wind speeds by half and storm surges by even more, researchers say.

Climate & Energy

The southern half of Keystone XL is now filling up with oil

The fate of the northern leg of the Keystone pipeline is still up in the air, but the southern leg is now complete and will start delivering oil to refineries in January.

Climate & Energy

Wetlands are disappearing faster, just when we need them the most

More than 360,000 acres of waterfront habitat were lost between 2004 and 2009, and prairie wetlands took a beating too. Blame development and the ethanol mandate.


Organic milk is better for your heart

New peer-reviewed research finds that organic milk has a near ideal balance of fatty acids, which could help protect you from heart disease. Nonorganic milk, not so much.

Climate & Energy

Meet perfluorotributylamine, the world’s worst greenhouse gas

This bad boy is 7,100 times worse for the climate than carbon dioxide, and it persists in the atmosphere for more than 500 years.

Climate & Energy

Wind energy becoming cheaper than natural gas

In the blustery Midwest, power agreements with new wind farms are being signed for even less than gas plants. Wind is breathing down the necks of coal and nuclear too.

Climate & Energy

Thanks to climate change, the world is going to need a lot more firefighters

The U.S. is spending more than ever to fight blazes, and Australia will need to double the number of firefighters it employs to help keep pace with worsening fire seasons.


Greenpeace 30 might get Russian amnesty — and Pussy Riot might too

Vladimir Putin has proposed giving amnesty to some activists and political prisoners, including Greenpeace protesters who scaled an offshore drilling rig in September.


Dairy accidents spilled a million gallons of crap in Wisconsin this year

This is the kind of pollution that causes green slime in the Great Lakes and dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico.