John Upton

John Upton is a freelance journalist. He blogs about ecology at and can be reached at

Feed the World
April 22 2014 1:04 PMYou’re Already Eating AlgaeWhy should climate-friendly biofuels get all the attention?
May 29 2013 10:49 AMWould Hillary and Norgay Recognize Mount Everest?After an embarrassing mistake, climate scientists get solid, scary information about melting Himalayan glaciers.
Sports Nut
Jan. 31 2013 5:28 PMThe San Francisco RetreatThe 49ers are moving to Santa Clara. Why didn’t the team’s longtime home try harder to keep them?
Dec. 20 2012 11:15 AMFear the FungusFungi thrive in environmental chaos, and they are coming for us.
Energy Around the World
Nov. 27 2013 12:44 PMThe India ProblemWhy is it thwarting every international climate agreement?
Medical Examiner
March 5 2013 11:40 AMWhere Is the Worst Air in the World?Beijing gets a lot of attention for its pollution, but it’s nowhere near the top of the list.
Dec. 31 2012 5:03 PMWhy Mostly Men at the Indian Anti-Rape Protests?Because women protesting might still get ... groped.



The Democrats’ War at Home

How can the president’s party defend itself from the president’s foreign policy blunders?

An Iranian Woman Was Sentenced to Death for Killing Her Alleged Rapist. Can Activists Save Her?

Piper Kerman on Why She Dressed Like a Hitchcock Heroine for Her Prison Sentencing

Windows 8 Was So Bad That Microsoft Will Skip Straight to Windows 10

Homeland Is Good Again! For Now.


Cringing. Ducking. Mumbling.

How GOP candidates react whenever someone brings up reproductive rights or gay marriage.


How Even an Old Hipster Can Age Gracefully

On their new albums, Leonard Cohen, Robert Plant, and Loudon Wainwright III show three ways.

The U.S. Has a New Problem in Syria: The Moderate Rebels Feel Like We’ve Betrayed Them

We Need to Talk: A Terrible Name for a Good Sports Show by and About Women

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Sept. 30 2014 5:54 PM Goodbye, Tough Guy It’s time for Michigan to fire its toughness-obsessed coach, Brady Hoke.