John Upton

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

Climate change expected to bring more thunder, hail, and tornadoes

According to new research, severe thunderstorms are likely to hit the U.S. with more frequency over the coming century.

As climate changes, polar bears switch to polluted food

Polar bears just can't catch a break. As the climate shifts, East Greenland's population is eating more seals with higher concentrations of chemical pollution in their flesh.

One failed project, another over budget, hint at carbon-capture challenges under EPA rules

If you want to build a new coal plant, the U.S. EPA says you must capture CO2 emissions. Two troubled projects show how hard that will be.

In wake of Colorado floods, officials start counting oil and gas spills

The state's oil agency is tracking five notable spills so far, plus more locations where sheens have been spotted. No one knows the full extent of the messes.

Typhoon and earthquake strike Fukushima

More natural disasters descended on the troubled facility this week. Can't a nuclear plant catch a break?

Is this the beginning of the end for coal?

From a failed coal auction in Wyoming to slowing demand in China, times are tough for the world's dirtiest fossil fuel. And that's before we even get to EPA's new proposed power-plant rules.

Ahead of IPCC report, fossil-fuel groups organize climate denial campaign

Next week, the IPCC will issue its first climate assessment report since 2007. So it's time for the deniers to crawl out from under their rocks and scream at the top of their lungs.

California wins right to clamp down on carbon from gasoline, diesel

A federal appeals court said the state can implement its Low Carbon Fuel Standard and require gasoline and diesel to have a lower carbon footprint. Enviros cheered.

Storm that already hit Mexico turns into a hurricane, threatens to strike again

Meanwhile, a separate tropical storm might be headed for the U.S. Gulf Coast. So much for that quiet hurricane season we'd been having ...