John Upton

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

Gas pumps

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.

palm trees in a storm

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 ...

Capitol Hill

The best (and worst) quotes from the silly House climate hearing

Republicans accused Obama of being a job-killing, coal-hating president who believes fairy tales invented by mischievous scientists.


Delaying climate action will triple costs

It will be a lot cheaper to start fighting global warming today than it will be 15 or so years from now.

Balcombe protest

British anti-fracking occupation will continue

A local council in England tried to evict a high-profile fracking protest, but a judge ruled that the protesters can stay.

baled alfalfa

USDA doesn’t care about GMO contamination of alfalfa

The feds are refusing to do anything after Monsanto's GMO alfalfa contaminated a Washington farmer's crop, saying the marketplace should sort it out.

Ron Binz

Big Coal, Republicans go after Obama’s energy nominee, saying he’s too green

Rob Binz, Obama's pick to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, thinks renewables are a good hedge against fossil fuels. So he's being crucified.

pie fight

Fracking study downgrades methane worries, escalates enviro infighting

Environmental Defense Fund helped pay for a study that found fracking might not be so terrible for the climate. Other green groups are not pleased.

Kids exercising

America’s kids eating healthier, getting fitter

The sweet news from a new study is that children are exercising more, watching TV less, and eating more healthful foods than they used to.