John Upton

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

No, global warming isn’t caused by solar flares or cosmic rays

There's now even more peer-reviewed research from actual scientists to debunk a favorite climate-denier theory.

California, on track for record dry year, is ready to seed clouds

Not a single drop of rain fell over San Francisco last month, contributing to the state's parched conditions. Water managers hope cloud seeding will help.

Floating offshore wind turbines spinning near Fukushima

Japan is installing floating turbines near the site of one of the world's worst nuclear disasters. The first one started generating power on Monday.

Obama nominates BLM leader Neil Kornze to lead the BLM

If confirmed, he'll lead the agency through mounting controversy over leasing of land for fracking and coal mining as well as for solar and wind projects.

Enviros give a thumbs-up to Obama’s new climate chief

Dan Utech, a D.C. insider and former Hillary Clinton aide, has been promoted to become the president's top climate and energy adviser, replacing Heather Zichal.

Train loaded with oil derails, explodes, pollutes Alabama wetlands

A 90-car train carrying fracked oil from North Dakota went off the rails into a marsh, making a big ol' mess.

Philippines blames climate change for monster typhoon

As U.N. climate talks begin in Warsaw, officials from the Philippines are demanding that the world act to fight climate change -- and that rich countries pay their fair share.

Sardines have nearly disappeared off West Coast

When Canadian fishermen headed out for their annual sardine hunt in the Pacific Ocean earlier this fall, they got a rude surprise. Their nets came up empty.

Obama admin keeps trying to help coal industry, coal industry keeps whining

The Department of Energy is doling out $84 million to help develop carbon-capture technology, which will be needed to realize the "clean coal" dream.