John Upton

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

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.

Climate & Energy

World’s energy nearly as dirty today as it was 20 years ago

Between 1990 and 2010, we made very little progress in cleaning up our energy supplies, according to a report from the International Energy Agency.

Climate & Energy

Flood-drought-flood: Is this the new normal?

Drought has given way to flooding in the Midwest, the latest manifestation of a vicious cycle that appears to be driven by climate change.

Business & Technology

Fracking drives potentially explosive demand for potentially explosive ammonia factories

You know that ammonia plant that blew up in Texas? The U.S. could soon be home to a lot more of those, thanks to low natural gas prices.

Climate & Energy

Wisconsin left way, way behind in wind energy boom

Wisconsin added just 18 megawatts of wind power capacity in 2012, compared with more than 100 in Michigan and more than 300 in Ohio.

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.