John Upton

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

radio static

Stop lying! Enviros are fed up with false ads about Obama’s power plant rules

The National Mining Association is playing inaccurate radio ads, so a coalition of green group is asking the FCC to investigate.

Business & Technology

Here’s how California could fix its drought-time water woes

By improving irrigation, efficiency, recycling, and stormwater-capture practices, California could free up enough extra water to meet all of its cities' needs.

The beading edge

Illinois becomes first state to ban lake-fouling microbeads

The plastic microbeads will be barred from personal-care products starting in 2017. Other states might soon follow Illinois' lead.

The gas is almost greener

Here’s a new way to keep cattle burps from toasting the planet

Scientists have developed a powder that can be added to cattle feed to reduce their methane emissions by more than half.

Climate & Energy

Tom Steyer’s latest project will help climate change’s victims

The billionaire climate activist is pledging some of his money to help people hurt by wildfires, droughts, and other climate-linked disasters.

How do you like your state cooked?

American Southwest heating faster than rest of nation

The Northeast is getting pretty toasty too.

Climate & Energy

This is how little it costs for states to go renewable

Renewable electricity standards are not expensive to implement, a new study finds.

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.