John Upton

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

Airlines propose weak, vague climate plan

Major global airlines have agreed on a proposal for reducing carbon emissions -- but it lacks details, aims low, and would sit on the tarmac until 2020 or later.

Carbon pricing is catching on around the globe — just not in Washington, D.C.

More than 40 countries now have a cap-and-trade system or carbon tax, or will soon -- and China, Brazil, and other emerging economies might soon join the club.

Obama admin to lease New England waters for offshore wind

The U.S. still doesn't have a single offshore wind turbine. The Interior Department is trying to change that by auctioning wind leases off the coasts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

National weather forecasters won’t be furloughed after all

After a tornado outbreak, NOAA dropped its plan to force employees to take unpaid days off to deal with the sequester. But budget cuts will still have to come from somewhere.

China’s plastic-bag ban turns five years old

Officials say the ban has spared the country 67 billion polluting plastic bags, though a study finds that many retailers are still ignoring the rules.

Warming oceans are killing baby puffins

Rising temperatures off the East Coast are driving away herring, which is making it hard for puffins to find food for their young.

Vegetarians live longer, researchers find

A recent study found that vegetarians were 12 percent less likely to die over a six-year period than were meat eaters. Men in particular got a health boost from skipping meat.

Monsanto is currently testing GMO wheat in two states

After a rogue strain of GMO wheat popped up in Oregon recently, we heard that Monsanto had stopped testing such wheat in 2005. Turns out that's not quite true.

Famous storm chasers killed by Oklahoma tornado

Former stars of the reality TV show Storm Chasers were killed chasing a tornado in Oklahoma on Friday night. The same storm also injured three Weather Channel storm chasers.