John Upton

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

Climate & Energy

Silly New York town board drops ban on talking about fracking

The leaders of Sanford, N.Y., barred citizens from speaking about fracking during public meetings -- until a lawsuit scared them into respecting free speech.

Climate & Energy

Keystone XL opponents dominate raucous Nebraska hearing

More than 1,000 people converged on a Nebraska town to tell the State Department what they think of plans to build the Keystone XL pipeline.

Climate & Energy

Court rescues Belizean coral from offshore oil drillers

Belize's Supreme Court overturned government contracts that would have allowed a spectacular reef area to be drilled for oil.

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.

Food

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.

Food

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.