John Upton

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

Climate & Energy

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.

Food

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.

Food

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.

Climate & Energy

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.

Climate & Energy

California, Illinois lawmakers welcome frackers

Legislatures in both states rejected calls for a moratorium on fracking. But in Illinois, a new bill will at least impose serious regulations on the practice.

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.