John Upton

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

Climate & Energy

Duke Energy says it would be too hard to actually fix its coal-ash problem

The company whines that cleaning up all of its coal-ash ponds in North Carolina would take 30 years. Activists don't buy it.

Climate & Energy

Californians, stop watering your lawns — for real this time

The entire state is now officially in drought, with a quarter in "exceptional drought." Gov. Jerry Brown says this is no time to waste water on landscaping.

Climate & Energy

BP won’t pay for Gulf oil spill research

The oil giant whines that it has forked out a lot for research already, and can't understand why it should have to pay more.

Climate & Energy

This company’s gas plants just keep on exploding

A huge blast rocked a Williams gas processing plant in Wyoming last week. Same thing happened at another Williams plant a month earlier. Last year saw explosions, too.

Climate & Energy

Canada orders dangerous oil cars off its railways

And they could end up over the border, carrying explosive crude all around the U.S.


Chemical banned in Europe is probably on your apple

The European Commission is concerned that the pesticide diphenylamine could be linked to cancer, but the U.S. EPA says there's nothing to worry about.

Business & Technology

Enviros urge U.S. to stop meddling in Indian solar affairs

American green groups are asking the Obama administration to back away from a WTO complaint against India's solar policies, warning it could hurt the climate.

Business & Technology

If oil spills in the Arctic and no one is around to clean it up, does it just stay there?

A new report is yet another reminder of why oil companies should be kept out of the thawing Arctic.

Climate & Energy

Oregon tells rail companies to keep oil deliveries secret

A newspaper won the right to see reports about trains carrying crude. So state officials told rail companies to stop sending in the reports.