John Upton

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

Climate & Energy

Deadly 1,000-year floods strike Colorado

Flooding centered in Boulder, Colo., is so extreme that the National Weather Service called it "biblical." And it's just the latest climate-related disaster to strike the region.

Politics

Senate stupidity stalls action on bipartisan energy-efficiency bill

The Shaheen-Portman bill, which has wide support, is being derailed by amendments on Keystone XL, Obamacare, and EPA power-plant regulations.

Climate & Energy

Big biz fights Obama admin’s calculations on carbon costs

America's biggest and dirtiest industries say the government shouldn't try to tally up the climate-related costs of fossil-fuel burning.

Climate & Energy

ExxonMobil company charged with fracking-related crimes

Pennsylvania is going after the company for spilling frackwater into a river. The company responds with Orwellian logic, arguing that the case will "discourage good environmental practices."

Climate & Energy

Let’s fight the 1 percent — of power plants

Nearly 1 percent of U.S. power plants -- 50 of them, all fueled by coal -- produce 30 percent of the power sector's CO2 pollution.

Food

Hay contaminated with Monsanto GMOs rejected for export

A Washington farmer grew a GMO-free crop of alfalfa, but an exporter wouldn't take it because it appeared to have been tainted by the genetically modified variety.

Climate & Energy

Should North Dakota be exempt from federal fracking rules?

Members of Congress from North Dakota argue that frackers in their state shouldn't have to follow planned federal rules. Because things are "unique" in North Dakota.

Climate & Energy

Sorry, skeptics: Arctic ice is still melting quickly this summer

Well-below-average Arctic ice levels continue a recent slump -- but that won't stop climate deniers from misinterpreting the data as evidence the planet is cooling.

Climate & Energy

Is this a La Niña or El Niño year? Try La Nada

For more than a year now, the Pacific Ocean has been without La Niña or El Niño. In its place is La Nada, which could be a lot more extreme than it sounds.

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