John Upton

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

Climate & Energy

Cuba is finally embracing solar power

The country gets just 4 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, but seven new solar farms will change that.

Climate & Energy

TransCanada plans colossal trans-Canada oil pipeline

With Keystone XL in limbo, TransCanada announced Thursday that it wants to build an even bigger pipeline from Alberta to eastern Canada.


Former Republican EPA chiefs back Obama on climate change

EPA administrators who served under Nixon, Reagan, Bush I, and Bush II co-sign an op-ed in The New York Times calling for climate action.

Climate & Energy

Should we turn deserts into carbon-sucking tree plantations?

To save the world from global warming, some scientists think we should vegetate the world's deserts out of existence.

Climate & Energy

Alaska’s heat wave breaking records, killing salmon

Heat records are being broken across Alaska this summer. It's not clear whether the persistent heat is linked to global warming, but it has been implicated in a salmon die-off.

Climate & Energy

Offshore auction signals start of wind bonanza

The feds auctioned off the right to build turbines in nearly 165,000 acres of New England waters -- the first of many offshore auctions planned.

Climate & Energy

BMW’s i3 electric car earns gushing praise

The lightweight BMW i3, designed for urban living, will sell for $42,350 before a federal EV rebate of $7,500. Critics love it.


Company to start slaughtering horses next week, despite arson and lawsuit

The Valley Meat Co. in New Mexico plans to begin killing horses for meat, unswayed by a legal challenge and an apparent arson attack.


You get my drift? Pesticides cause big problems when they go where they’re not wanted

Too many pesticide-spraying crop dusters are accidentally missing their targets, killing neighbors' crops and making people sick.