John Upton

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

Climate & Energy

Louisiana Senate kills a bill that tried to rein in dispersants

A bill calling for toxic oil dispersants to be used only as a last resort was quashed after the oil industry voiced its opposition.

Climate & Energy

We have known about climate change for 75 years

Global warming was originally known as the Callendar Effect, in honor of an engineer who discovered it in 1938.

Politics

Anthony Foxx, Charlotte’s transit-friendly mayor, tapped to be transportation secretary

Foxx has improved public transit in Charlotte, N.C., starting a streetcar project and extending light rail, and he's installed electric-vehicle infrastructure.

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.