John Upton

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

Unregulated bumblebee trade threatens bumblebees

Activists are pushing the U.S. government to crack down on trade practices that they say are harming native populations of bumblebees.

Boston to order builders to adapt to climate change

Under proposed new zoning rules, developers in Beantown will have to construct buildings that can handle floods, heat waves, and other climate impacts.

Obama moves to block new coal plants abroad

The U.S. plans to use its international clout to make it hard for all but the poorest countries to build coal-fired power plants.

Nebraska is a loser in the wind-energy boom

The Cornhusker State is the third windiest in the union, but it ranks in the bottom half in terms of wind-power generation. Some state lawmakers are trying to change that.

Why is Antarctic sea ice expanding?

The thin crust of ice floating around Antarctica expanded this year to cover a greater area than ever before, but that doesn't mean climate change isn't happening.

Illinois is America’s nuclear waste capital

The U.S. has no central repository for nuclear waste, so it's piling up at power plants. Illinois now houses more of it than any other state.

West Coast leaders team up on a new climate plan

California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia will work together to tackle climate change. The specifics are fuzzy, but hey, it's something.

Australia’s climate-denying prime minister is convinced he’s the authority on climate change

Tony Abbott denies there's a link between global warming and the wildfires ravaging his country, and he's pushing to roll back Australia's carbon tax.

Virginia voters know we’re changing the climate, Republican candidate does not

A poll finds most Virginians plan to vote for the Democrat in next week's election. That same poll finds most Virginians understand climate change.