John Upton

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

Listen up, EPA!

Feds move to restrict neonic pesticides — well, one fed at least

The EPA is still refusing to ban these dangerous insecticides, but a U.S. Fish and Wildlife official is phasing them out in some wildlife refuges.

hot at the top

Wanna see what climate change looks like? Check out the vicious fires in northwest Canada

Hot, dry weather is triggering wildfires that are eating up forests in the Northwest Territories in Canada, and in the U.S. West too.

crikey

Australia repeals carbon tax, scientists freak out

Australia is now the first country in the world to undo a price on greenhouse gas pollution, thanks to its climate-denying prime minister.

what's that smell?

Now Google Street View is mapping gas pipeline leaks

Experiments by Google, Environmental Defense Fund, and university scientists reveal the huge amounts of methane that leak from pipelines beneath some cities.

looks like rain

Here’s how Obama is preparing the country for climate change

The president has unveiled a number of initiatives to help communities and citizens adapt to changes in the weather.

Living

Wasting water in California will now cost you $500

After calls for voluntary conservation didn't work, the drought-stricken state is cracking down on profligate water use.

Business as usual

Corporate polluters are almost never prosecuted for their crimes

Budget cuts at federal agencies are helping companies get away with more than 99 percent of the environmental crimes the government knows about.

Business & Technology

U.S. tariffs on Chinese solar panels break trade rules, WTO says

Efforts to protect U.S. panel manufacturers from cheap Chinese imports have run afoul of the World Trade Organization.

dude, where's my water?

America’s largest reservoir is hitting new record lows every day

The drought and overuse of Colorado River water has led to an epic decline in water levels at Lake Mead.

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