John Upton

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

Food

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.

What are they on about?

It’s virtually certain that the IPCC needs to dump its “very likely” crap

Researchers have discovered, yet again, that few people understand what the heck the world's preeminent authority on climate change is trying to say.

Climate & Energy

Corn waste-based ethanol could be worse for the climate than gasoline

Cellulosic ethanol was supposed to be a climate savior, but a new study casts doubt on that assumption.

Climate & Energy

Minnesota can’t say no to coal power, judge rules

A Minnesota law aims to reduce fossil fuel use. Coal plants in North Dakota said no fair, and a federal court agreed, striking down part of the law.

Climate & Energy

Ukraine belatedly seeks renewable energy as weapon against Russia

Right now the embattled nation gets just 2 percent of its energy from clean sources. It's seeking U.S. investment in wind, solar, and biomass to help raise that number.

It's just capitalism, right?

Ex-BP official got rich on Deepwater Horizon spill, gets busted

The coordinator for BP's cleanup effort dumped company stock while the magnitude of the spill was being covered up. The SEC calls that insider trading.