John Upton

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

Climate & Energy

Americans are more worried about North Korean nukes than climate change

A survey found that Americans are less likely than other people around the world to be concerned about global warming. But we do fret about Islamic terrorists, Iran, and North Korea.

Politics

Will dumping Australia’s climate-savvy prime minister help the climate?

Australia's Labor Party ousted Julia Gillard as prime minister, replacing her with Kevin Rudd, in a desperate bid to win the upcoming election.

Climate & Energy

EPA tells Ohio to stop keeping fracking secrets from first responders

Ohio lets energy companies keep emergency-management officials in the dark about the fracking chemicals they use. The EPA says that has to stop.

Climate & Energy

L.A. launches nation’s largest solar rooftop program

The program will pay residents for excess solar power they produce on their roofs, with the aim of generating enough to power 30,000 homes.

Politics

Republicans say Obama’s climate plan is a war on America

And at least one coal-loving Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, agrees.

Article

Giant, oil-belching sinkhole dooms more than 100 homes in Louisiana

The 15-acre sinkhole was caused by the collapse of a salt mine that served the petrochemical industry.

Living

After mass bumblebee die-off, activists call for new pesticide rules

The number of bumblebees killed by a pesticide application in Oregon has risen to 50,000, and nature lovers are calling for stronger regulation of neonicotinoid insecticides.

Climate & Energy

Supreme Court will hear big clean-air case

An EPA rule cracking down on power-plant pollution that crosses state borders was struck down by a federal court last year. Now the Supremes will hear the case and could reinstate the rule.

Climate & Energy

Calgary floods trigger an oil spill and a mass evacuation

Epic floods forced more than 100,000 people to flee their homes last week in Alberta, Canada, prompting questions about the link between climate change and flooding.