John Upton

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

Climate & Energy

San Francisco and 10 other cities move toward dumping stocks in fossil-fuel companies

A divestment campaign pushed by 350.org is spreading from colleges to cities. Boulder, Colo., Eugene, Ore., and Ithaca, N.Y. are also on board.

Climate & Energy

Solar panels can protect you from terrorism

Rooftop solar systems could help keep the lights on after a terrorist attack on the power system, says the nation's top energy regulator.

Food

New bill in Congress would require GMO labeling

Bipartisan legislation introduced this week in the House and Senate would require food containing genetically engineered ingredients to be labeled.

Climate & Energy

Fuel barges explode, burn through night in Alabama

Two gasoline barges in Mobile went up in flames on Wednesday night, critically injuring three people. The fire was put out on Thursday morning, and now an investigation into the causes is underway.

Climate & Energy

A big blow for Big Coal in Wisconsin

One coal-fired power plant will be shut down and others will be cleaned up to make amends for air pollution violations, thanks to the EPA.

Climate & Energy

Fracking waste deemed too radioactive for hazardous-waste dump

A truck full of fracking waste was turned away from a Pennsylvania landfill after it set off a radiation alarm. But, hey, nothing to worry about.

Climate & Energy

TransCanada and GOP steamed over EPA’s Keystone comments

The company that wants to build the Keystone XL pipeline accused the EPA of meddling in Canadian affairs after the agency warned of environmental impacts from the project.

Climate & Energy

Falling prices for renewable energy could lead to a tripling of investment

Looks like it'll be cheaper than expected to transition from fossil fuels to renewables, according to a report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Climate & Energy

Most Protestant pastors don’t think climate change is real

Only 43 percent believe global warming is happening and human-caused, a new survey finds. Democratic pastors are far more likely to get it than Republicans.