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.”
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.
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.
Rising costs from flooding and erosion are prompting Americans, military bases and government agencies to opt for more natural alternatives.
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.
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.
As climate change stokes polluting fires, southern California's most vulnerable are being hit the hardest.
As climate change fuels large wildfires, the pollution they're releasing is making Americans sick and undermining decades of progress in cleaning the air.
A special report on the aftermath and science of the worst rainstorm in Louisiana's history.
New Jersey's working class are forgotten as federal government funds fixes for wealthier neighbors.
Electric car owners in Tennessee view climate benefits as nice extras — not as key selling points.
European power plants could keep claiming to be green while billowing pollution from wood until 2030.
The forests of dead trees are prevalent along the mid-Atlantic coast, where sea level rise is rapid.
As California scrambles to restore marshes to protect against floods, it's confronting a mud shortage.
Animals and weeds are bounding up California's warming hills, while native plants are stuck in place.