John Upton

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

Climate & Energy

Arizona utility scores tiniest possible victory in war on solar

The utility wanted to reduce payments to solar-panel owners by $50 to $100 a month. Instead it will be allowed to charge a $5 monthly fee.

Climate & Energy

The world is still losing its forests, and these beautiful satellite maps tally the toll

Deforestation is slowing in Brazil but picking up elsewhere. Meanwhile, climate change is ravaging forests around the Arctic and in the mountains of the American West.

Climate & Energy

Anti-fracking activists celebrate victory in a fourth Colorado city

A recount has revealed that a fracking moratorium narrowly succeeded in Broomfield, Colo., giving fracking foes a clean sweep of recent ballot measures in the state.

Climate & Energy

Looks like the Arctic has been heating up even faster than we thought

It's not easy to measure Arctic temperatures, and new research suggests that recent efforts have been underestimating the rate at which the region is warming.

Climate & Energy

Denial dries up: Americans finally seeing the light on climate change

In red states as well as blue, a majority of Americans believe climate change is happening and the government should do something about it, according to a decade's worth of polling results.

Business & Technology

Walmart’s carbon emissions soar despite all that green talk

The mega-retailer has been bragging for years about its sustainability initiatives, but its carbon footprint just keeps getting bigger.

Climate & Energy

U.S. says poor countries’ calls for climate compensation could screw up climate treaty process

Developing countries don't just want the rich world to help them reduce emissions and adapt to climate change. Now they want compensation for "loss and damages."

Climate & Energy

As world dithers on climate treaty, funding for climate projects dwindles

The Clean Development Mechanism helps rich countries meet Kyoto Protocol obligations by spending on climate action in poor countries, but the program's future is up in the air.

Climate & Energy

The six U.S. nuclear power plants most likely to shut down

Falling electricity prices and rising distaste for nuclear power are bad news for the nation's reactor operators, says Morningstar.