John Upton

John Upton

Editorial

John Upton is an editor and reporter at Climate Central. He works in partnership with news outlets and with Climate Central researchers to produce compelling feature stories that reveal local climate change impacts and solutions. Upton has reported for the New York Times, VICE, Audubon magazine, Pacific Standard and other outlets. His major reporting projects at Climate Central have included “As Seas Rise, Americans Use Nature to Fight Worsening Erosion,” “The Injustice of Atlantic City’s Floods,” and “Pulp Fiction.” He has reported and edited Climate Central's ongoing series on wildfire smoke, “Breathing Fire.” 

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Want to Build a Delaware Beach House? Expect Regular Floodwaters in 30 Years

Want to Build a Delaware Beach House? Expect Regular Floodwaters in 30 Years

  • Published: Nov 13th, 2018

Between 2010 and 2017 more than 700 homes in Delaware — worth roughly $500 million — were built on land that’s projected to be inundated at least once a year on average by 2050 unless pricey measures are taken to keep the water away.

West Nile Crippling El Pasoans, Rising Temperatures Play Role

West Nile Crippling El Pasoans, Rising Temperatures Play Role

  • Published: Aug 8th, 2018

Most U.S. cities have experienced an increase in the average number of mosquito disease danger days each year. El Paso's increase was larger than most, raising risks of West Nile infections.

As Seas Rise, Americans Use Nature to Fight Worsening Erosion

As Seas Rise, Americans Use Nature to Fight Worsening Erosion

  • Published: Jul 14th, 2018

Rising costs from flooding and erosion are prompting Americans, military bases and government agencies to opt for more natural alternatives.

Air Conditioning Costs Rise With Arizona’s Heat

Air Conditioning Costs Rise With Arizona’s Heat

  • Published: Jul 11th, 2018

Air conditioning is becoming more vital as temperatures rise, pushing up utility bills and putting comfortable levels of cooling out of the reach of some.

Rising Seas Could Swell Arizona’s Population

Rising Seas Could Swell Arizona’s Population

  • Published: Jun 7th, 2018

Arizona's low living costs and friendly culture make it an appealing state in which to settle, which could drive up its population as sea-level rise and fierce storms drive coastal residents inland.

How Smoke From California’s Fires is Harming the Most Vulnerable

How Smoke From California’s Fires is Harming the Most Vulnerable

  • Published: Dec 8th, 2017

As climate change stokes polluting fires, southern California's most vulnerable are being hit the hardest.

Breathing Fire: Health Is a Casualty of California’s Climate-Fueled Blazes

Breathing Fire: Health Is a Casualty of California’s Climate-Fueled Blazes

  • Published: Nov 7th, 2017

As climate change fuels large wildfires, the pollution they're releasing is making Americans sick and undermining decades of progress in cleaning the air.

Disaster and Neglect in Louisiana

Disaster and Neglect in Louisiana

  • Published: Aug 8th, 2017

A special report on the aftermath and science of the worst rainstorm in Louisiana's history.

The Injustice of Atlantic City’s Floods

The Injustice of Atlantic City’s Floods

  • Published: May 10th, 2017

New Jersey's working class are forgotten as federal government funds fixes for wealthier neighbors.

Electric Cars Becoming Popular As Grid Gets Greener

Electric Cars Becoming Popular As Grid Gets Greener

  • Published: May 24th, 2017

Electric car owners in Tennessee view climate benefits as nice extras — not as key selling points.

New EU Wood Energy Rules Threaten Climate, Forests

New EU Wood Energy Rules Threaten Climate, Forests

  • Published: Dec 19th, 2016

European power plants could keep claiming to be green while billowing pollution from wood until 2030.

‘Ghost Forests’ Appear As Rising Seas Kill Trees

‘Ghost Forests’ Appear As Rising Seas Kill Trees

  • Published: Sep 15th, 2016

The forests of dead trees are prevalent along the mid-Atlantic coast, where sea level rise is rapid.

Mud Shortage Eroding California’s Climate Defenses

Mud Shortage Eroding California’s Climate Defenses

  • Published: Mar 3rd, 2016

As California scrambles to restore marshes to protect against floods, it's confronting a mud shortage.

Climate Change Is Leaving Native Plants Behind

Climate Change Is Leaving Native Plants Behind

  • Published: Feb 8th, 2016

Animals and weeds are bounding up California's warming hills, while native plants are stuck in place.

Pulp Fiction, The Series

Pulp Fiction, The Series

  • Published: Oct 23rd, 2015

A Climate Central investigative series chronicling the fast-growing practice of wood burning for electricity & its impact on the climate.