John Upton

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

Climate & Energy

Antarctic moss a charming but chilling sign of warming

A clump of moss on the Antarctic Peninsula is ballooning -- a botanical pioneer in a fast-warming region.


Climate denier Ron Johnson denies denying climate change

After getting bashed by a TV ad, the Wisconsin senator now says he doesn't "have a belief one way or the other" on global warming.


To avoid diabetes, eat fruit, don’t drink fruit juice

New research found that people who ate whole fruits were 23 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who avoided them. Blueberries are particularly healthalicious.

Climate & Energy

Kalamazoo pipeline protester could get two years in jail

An activist spent a day sitting inside a pipe to slow down construction of Enbridge's new replacement tar-sands pipeline in Michigan.

Climate & Energy

North Carolinians could be forced to accept fracking on their property

If you live above natural gas reserves in North Carolina and your neighbors want to sell fracking rights, you might have to go along.

Climate & Energy

Bobby Jindal doesn’t think Big Oil should have to clean up its mess

The Louisiana governor opposes a lawsuit that seeks to make oil companies repair coastal ecosystems they've damaged. It just so happens that he gets lots of money from the oil industry.

Climate & Energy

Superstorm Sandy washed away half of Fire Island’s sand

New York's Fire Island lost more than half of its shoreline sand and sand dunes to the mega-hurricane, leaving the tourist mecca vulnerable to further storm surges.

Climate & Energy

Fukushima keeps on leaking, Japan keeps on issuing confusing explanations

More than 300 tons of highly radioactive water leaked from the crippled nuclear power plant last week. So what else is new?


U.S. government paid $17 billion for weather-withered crops last year

A lot of that expense could have been avoided if the Federal Crop Insurance Program encouraged farmers to use conservation-oriented techniques, says NRDC.