John Upton

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

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.

Business & Technology

Could a bullet train take you from the U.S. to China to Europe?

China wants to build a high-speed rail network that could ferry passengers from the U.S. to Beijing in two days, and onward from there.

Climate & Energy

Billions of barrels of new reasons to not frack California

Fracking opponents are seizing on news that California shale deposits may contain 96 percent less recoverable oil than previously estimated.


These are the states where climate hawk Tom Steyer will wage political war

Steyer's super PAC plans to spend $100 million on races in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania.


India’s new prime minister is big on solar power

Narendra Modi is conservative, but he's making clean electricity generation his top energy priority.


Evangelical Christians call on Florida politicians to take climate action

Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Sen. Marco Rubio are climate deniers, and that doesn't sit well with some of the state's Evangelical leaders.

A workforce in a fast lane

Want a job? Knock on Tesla’s door

Tesla has hired about 3,000 people during the past year, making it the No. 1 auto employer in California. And it's planning to hire 500 more this year.


San Francisco considers banning exports of coal and petcoke

The city is exploring a proposal to keep "hazardous fossil fuel materials" away from its ports.

adapt or be sued

Get ready for a whole new kind of climate change lawsuit

An insurance company is suing Chicago-area municipalities for not doing enough to prepare for climate change–juiced flooding.