John Upton

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

It's open season

Tesla abandons its patents, aims to spur electric-car revolution

The pioneering EV manufacturer is going open source, allowing competitors to use all of its patented technology.

All wet

Your clothes dryer is a huge energy waster

Washing machines, dishwashers, and refrigerators are much more energy efficient now than they were 20 or 30 years ago, but clothes dryers still suck.

Ah shit

Climate change could flood your streets with doo-doo and toxic waste

Rising seas and storm surges won't just bring water to people's doorsteps -- they could also bring a witches' brew of sewage and industrial waste.

radio static

Stop lying! Enviros are fed up with false ads about Obama’s power plant rules

The National Mining Association is playing inaccurate radio ads, so a coalition of green group is asking the FCC to investigate.

Business & Technology

Here’s how California could fix its drought-time water woes

By improving irrigation, efficiency, recycling, and stormwater-capture practices, California could free up enough extra water to meet all of its cities' needs.

The beading edge

Illinois becomes first state to ban lake-fouling microbeads

The plastic microbeads will be barred from personal-care products starting in 2017. Other states might soon follow Illinois' lead.

The gas is almost greener

Here’s a new way to keep cattle burps from toasting the planet

Scientists have developed a powder that can be added to cattle feed to reduce their methane emissions by more than half.

Climate & Energy

Tom Steyer’s latest project will help climate change’s victims

The billionaire climate activist is pledging some of his money to help people hurt by wildfires, droughts, and other climate-linked disasters.

How do you like your state cooked?

American Southwest heating faster than rest of nation

The Northeast is getting pretty toasty too.