John Upton

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

Climate & Energy

British Columbia opposes big tar-sands pipeline

The province told the Canadian government that the proposed Northern Gateway project poses too many environmental risks and has too few safeguards.

Climate & Energy

Study: Climate change a death knell for most Californian fish

Warming rivers could drive 82 percent of the state's native fish to the brink of extinction, to be replaced by carp and other invasive species.

Climate & Energy

Court orders feds to review oil dispersant risks

Enviros waging war against the wanton use of dispersants scored a legal victory Thursday that may help whales, sea turtles, and other marine critters.

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.