John Upton

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

Climate & Energy

Colorado to get its own climate czar

A new law calls for the governor to hire a staffer who'll help the state brace for global warming's impacts and offer advice on lowering emissions.

Climate & Energy

It’s hard to sea, but the globe is still warming

Did you hear that global warming has slowed down or even stopped? Sorry to burst your bubble, but the extra heat is just sleeping with the fishes. For now.

Food

Japan and other nations say no to U.S. wheat, worried about GMOs

After a rogue strain of Monsanto's GMO wheat was found on an Oregon farm, countries in Europe and Asia are acting to ensure their food supplies aren't tainted.

Food

Frankensalmon could breed with trout, produce frankentrout

If GMO salmon escape, scientists say they could breed with brown trout, creating monster trout that outgrow normal fish and outcompete them for food.

Climate & Energy

Would Mount Everest’s first conquerors recognize it anymore?

This week marks the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of Everest by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. But thanks to climate change, these aren't the same peaks.

Climate & Energy

Most Americans don’t give a frack about fracking

Fifty-eight percent have no opinion on fracking, according to a survey. Among those who do, conservatives tend to like it and liberals tend not to.

Climate & Energy

Local elections in Washington state are big deal for coal industry and global climate

Enviros and the coal industry are paying close attention to a county council race that will determine whether a big coal-export terminal gets built.

Food

Illegal Monsanto GMO wheat found in Oregon

Monsanto tested a GMO wheat strain a decade ago but gave it up and never got it approved. Now it's invaded a field in Oregon, which could be bad news for America's wheat exporters.

Climate & Energy

Coal is rebounding, natural gas prices are up, and the world’s oil cartel is quite content

Times are good for the merchants of fossil fuels, with coal and natural gas prices on the rise and OPEC crowing about high demand for oil.