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.



More Than Scottish Pride

Scotland’s referendum isn’t about nationalism. It’s about a system that failed, and a new generation looking to take a chance on itself. 

What Charles Barkley Gets Wrong About Corporal Punishment and Black Culture

Why Greenland’s “Dark Snow” Should Worry You

If You’re Outraged by the NFL, Follow This Satirical Blowhard on Twitter

The Best Way to Organize Your Fridge


The GOP’s Focus on Fake Problems

Why candidates like Scott Walker are building campaigns on drug tests for the poor and voter ID laws.

Sports Nut

Giving Up on Goodell

How the NFL lost the trust of its most loyal reporters.

Is It Worth Paying Full Price for the iPhone 6 to Keep Your Unlimited Data Plan? We Crunch the Numbers.

Farewell! Emily Bazelon on What She Will Miss About Slate.

  News & Politics
Sept. 16 2014 7:03 PM Kansas Secretary of State Loses Battle to Protect Senator From Tough Race
Sept. 16 2014 4:16 PM The iPhone 6 Marks a Fresh Chance for Wireless Carriers to Kill Your Unlimited Data
The Eye
Sept. 16 2014 12:20 PM These Outdoor Cat Shelters Have More Style Than the Average Home
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 15 2014 3:31 PM My Year As an Abortion Doula
  Slate Plus
Slate Plus Video
Sept. 16 2014 2:06 PM A Farewell From Emily Bazelon The former senior editor talks about her very first Slate pitch and says goodbye to the magazine.
Brow Beat
Sept. 16 2014 6:23 PM Bryan Cranston Reenacts Baseball’s Best Moments to Promote the Upcoming Postseason
Future Tense
Sept. 16 2014 6:40 PM This iPhone 6 Feature Will Change Weather Forecasting
  Health & Science
Sept. 16 2014 4:09 PM It’s All Connected What links creativity, conspiracy theories, and delusions? A phenomenon called apophenia.
Sports Nut
Sept. 15 2014 9:05 PM Giving Up on Goodell How the NFL lost the trust of its most loyal reporters.