John Upton

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


Welcome back, federal workers! Look how we screwed up your research

Climate research and other sciences took heavy hits when the federal government shut down for two weeks.

Climate & Energy

Colorado frackers pump out cash to ward off ballot initiatives

The Colorado Oil and Gas Association has spent more than $600,000 in its effort to defeat proposed fracking bans and suspensions in four cities.


GMO corn crop trials suspended in Mexico

A Mexican judge ordered a halt to GMO corn field trials planned by Monsanto and other international companies because of concerns about environmental impacts.

Climate & Energy

Australian scientists rescue wildlife by hand from changing climates

A new formula will help Australian scientists decide when a species should be evacuated from a landscape affected by climate change, and where it should be moved.

Climate & Energy

Greens sue EPA over Pacific Northwest’s increasingly acid waters

Carbon dioxide emissions have turned the Pacific Ocean off Oregon and Washington so acidic that shellfish are dying. The Center for Biological Diversity says that's a Clean Water Act violation.

Climate & Energy

Power up: California may force utilities to buy big batteries for renewables

California's proposed requirement could jump-start the storage industry that renewable energy tech will need to scale.

Climate & Energy

Tar-sands waste going to fuel dirty power plants in China

Petcoke piles are blighting America. But here comes China to save the day ... by burning the dirty byproduct in its furnaces.

Climate & Energy

Mighty mangroves shield Indian village from cyclone’s wrath

Villagers in Praharajpur planted and protected mangroves along the coast -- and it paid off over the weekend by helping rebuff a vicious storm.

Climate & Energy

Dramatic charts reveal climate change’s effects on oceans

The oceans are becoming warmer, more acidic, starved of oxygen, and less productive. Here are the results, in technicolor.