John Upton

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

Please, sir, may I have some more?

California’s cap-and-trade program will fund environmental justice

The state will spend more than $800 million over the coming year on environmental programs funded by cap-and-trade, and at least a quarter of that will help disadvantaged communities.

The thin edge of the veg

Going vegetarian can cut your diet’s carbon footprint in half

A new study tells you how much your diet is warming the planet.

Buzz kill much?

Just how friendly are your “bee-friendly” plants?

"Bee-deadly" might be more accurate thanks to widespread use of neonicotinoid pesticides. But now retailers like Home Depot are trying to fix the problem.

joke's on you, assholes

Obama is absolutely lambasting Republicans on climate change now

The Democrats are increasingly using climate change as a wedge, marginalizing Republicans as elections approach.

It's just a baby

Happy first birthday, U.S. Climate Action Plan!

How much has Obama accomplished since he introduced his plan one year ago?

Bee-ware!

Everything we know about neonic pesticides is awful

A review of more than 800 scientific papers has painted a terrifying picture of the ecosystem-wide impacts of neonicotinoids.

Climate & Energy

Fracking chemicals could mess with your hormones

Chemicals commonly used by frackers can have negative effects on the thyroid and other bodily systems, new research suggests.

free money

Climate action could spur $2 trillion in economic growth in 2030 alone

Fighting global warming can spur GDP growth, not hamper it, says the World Bank in a new study.

The cities have spoken

U.S. mayors call for emergency action on climate change

Municipal leaders from all around the country have backed President Obama's climate proposals and called for the federal government to do more.