John Upton

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

Climate & Energy

Peabody Energy screwing former coal workers out of health care

Peabody created a spinoff company that took on the liability to provide health care for its retired workers. Now the spinoff has declared bankruptcy.


One ag-gag bill is dead in California, another is approved in Tennessee

These bills, which hamstring activists who try to document farm-animal abuse, are spreading across the country, but California refuses to play along.


Fertilizer facility blast in Texas claims multiple lives, destroys homes

A fertilizer plant exploded in rural Texas on Wednesday evening, killing at least five people and injuring more than 160.

Climate & Energy

BP oil spill cleanup continues, three years after blowout

Tar balls and oil mats are still tarnishing Gulf Coast beaches, and BP is still refusing to take full responsibility and pay for full restoration.

Climate & Energy

Indiana lawmakers, who are also coal company execs, help coal industry

A plan to build a pricey coal-gasification plant is getting help from not-so-impartial legislators. Hoosiers could get hosed as a result.

Climate & Energy

European leaders let cap-and-trade flounder

The European Union's carbon-trading system is no longer working effectively, and the E.U. parliament on Tuesday voted against fixing it.

Climate & Energy

This apartment building comes with its own algae-fueled power supply

A new building in Hamburg, Germany, has a facade of panels that will grow microalgae, which will be used to produce biofuel and provide heat.

Climate & Energy

Chevron ignored a decade of warnings before Richmond refinery explosion

The company knew about a corroding pipe at its refinery in the San Francisco Bay area, but didn't fix it -- and that's why the refinery exploded last August.

Climate & Energy

Wind produces almost twice as much power as nuclear in California

During a windy hour this month, wind provided 17.5 percent of California's electricity supply. That followed a surge in wind power installations last year.

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