John Upton

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

Climate & Energy

Indonesia to seed clouds, try to put out huge plantation fires

The palm-oil industry has set Indonesian forests ablaze, causing horrendous air pollution. Indonesia is trying to trigger rain to douse the flames.


Rampaging pig virus may raise pork prices

Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus is spreading throughout farms in the U.S. Not only does it sound disgusting; it is disgusting.


Study: Trees save at least a life a year in each of 10 major U.S. cities

Urban trees suck up soot and other kinds of fine particulate pollution, and that helps keep us healthy and alive, researchers find.


China warns it will execute serious polluters

The country is cracking down on polluters whose activities harm or kill others, and it's willing to impose the harshest possible penalty.


Buzzkill: Huge bee die-off in Oregon parking lot blamed on insecticide spraying

An estimated 25,000 bumblebees were killed in a Target parking lot after landscapers sprayed blooming trees with insecticide. Happy Pollinator Week!


Seattle adopts plan for going carbon neutral — but will pot growers get in the way?

The city aims to cut net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050. But energy-sucking indoor marijuana operations could throw the effort off course.

Climate & Energy

Coal foes suffer setback in fight against exports

The Army Corps of Engineers says it won't review the climate-changing impacts of plans to export coal from Northwest ports, a blow to enviros and many political leaders in the region.


Dead zone could break records in Gulf this year

Heavy farm runoff and heavy rainfall could lead to a New Jersey-sized dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico this year. The news for Chesapeake Bay is more upbeat.

Climate & Energy

China begins carbon trading

China took its first step toward a national carbon-trading system on Tuesday, launching a pilot project in the city of Shenzhen.