John Upton

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

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.

coal

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.

dollars and euros

U.N. climate talks will be all about the Benjamins

Rich countries promised to provide $100 billion a year by 2020 to help developing countries deal with climate change. So far, they have paid up just $7.5 million.

Exxon fined for Arkansas spill, sued over Yellowstone spill, and still just keeps making piles of money

Sure, the company has to pay a couple million here and a couple million there because of its bad behavior, but it made $45 billion in profits last year, so no problem.

nuclear power plant

More nukes? Are you kidding? Enviros push back against Hansen’s call

Climate scientist James Hansen is arguing that we need more nuclear power to fight climate change. Many climate activists think that's nuts.

Bay Area commits to 80 percent greenhouse gas reduction

The San Francisco Bay Area is starting to get serious about cutting climate pollution. That could be bad news for the area's refineries, and good news for the rest of us.

Kochs and Republicans launch bid to snuff out wind-energy tax incentives

The fossil fuel industry thinks Americans have had just about enough of federal handouts for sources of energy that aren't fossil fuels.

How can we fix the world?

U.N.: Hurry up on climate action or we’re screwed!

A U.N. report warns that we're failing to meet climate goals, and outlines how we could get back on track -- just in time to inspire delegates at next week's big climate confab.

A coal train

Crowdfunded science suggests that coal-hauling trains cause air pollution

An atmospheric scientist solicited funding online for research into pollution from coal trains, and now his preliminary results are in.