John Upton

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

Climate & Energy

Chicago area off the hook from climate lawsuits

An insurance company had sued Chicago-area municipalities for failing to prepare for climate change and flooding, but those suits have now been dropped.

D'oh, Canada

Canadian meteorologists barred from talking about climate change

But maybe that shouldn't be a surprise in a country that's become a rogue petrostate.

Climate & Energy

Even Republican voters support Obama’s new climate rule

A new poll finds that 63 percent of Republicans think the federal government should limit CO2 emissions from existing power plants.

Climate & Energy

Did China just outdo Obama on climate action?

China might be moving toward a cap on carbon emissions -- "potentially the most important turning point in the global scene on climate change for a decade," one expert says.

Climate & Energy

Cow causes oily spill; energy companies ruminate over whether to cow-proof facilities

A cow in North Dakota rubbed up against a tank valve, probably while scratching an itch, and triggered a spill of natural gas condensate.

quel soulagement

World cautiously relieved by Obama’s climate announcement

Leaders around the globe are glad to see the U.S. finally taking global warming seriously. This could lay the groundwork for a new international climate deal next year.

Don't ask me

Republicans confirm they don’t know squat about science

GOP politicians are using a new tactic as they fight climate action: playing dumb.

Oily withdrawal

Chevron and BP are pulling out of wind and solar

Beyond Petroleum? Not anymore. These two oil giants plan to stay oil giants, with emphasis on the oil.

Climate & Energy

More oil spills ahead for Puget Sound?

Three proposed fossil fuel projects aim to boost coal and oil exports out of the Pacific Northwest, which would raise the risk of oil spills.

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