John Upton

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

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.

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.

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.

Ballot effort to ban tar-sands oil from Maine city appears to have failed

A ballot initiative to prevent tar-sands oil from being piped through South Portland and loaded onto ships narrowly lost, according to initial poll results.

Colorado voters tell fracking industry to frack off

Residents of the Colorado cities of Boulder, Fort Collins, and Lafayette voted Tuesday to ban or suspend fracking.

More corn grown in U.S. this year than ever before. Thanks, biofuels.

American farmers are set to harvest 30 percent more corn this year than last year. That's due to agreeable weather and EPA's biofuel mandate.

Schools install pricey filters to protect kids from frac sand

In Wisconsin, the booming frac-sand industry is bringing lots of challenges. Still, some lawmakers want to prevent local governments from regulating it.