John Upton

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

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.

Climate & Energy

BP claims mission accomplished in Gulf cleanup; Coast Guard begs to differ

BP announced recently that "active cleanup" of the Gulf is over. But the Coast Guard is actually in charge, and it says "not by a long shot."

A bright idea

Obama makes a push for solar power

The White House held a solar summit, where it announced $15 million in new support for the solar energy industry.

Climate & Energy

New hurricane maps will show whether your house could drown

The federal government will enhance its maps to show the danger of floods caused by storm surges. It's a lesson learned from Superstorm Sandy.

No more mystery food

Vermont poised to mandate GMO labels on food

It will soon be the third state to require labels on genetically modified food -- and the first state willing to go there even if other states don't.

Climate & Energy

No, the IPCC climate report doesn’t call for a fracking boom

Ignore those misleading media reports. The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change actually calls for a clean energy revolution.

Climate & Energy

Power plants lose legal bid to douse you with mercury

Owners of coal plants filed suit over EPA rules cracking down on toxic air pollutants, arguing they were too expensive. A federal court disagreed.

Climate & Energy

U.N. climate report was censored

The summary of the latest big IPCC report was watered down by rich countries, which don't want to be blamed for climate change or called upon to help poor countries survive it.

Let's get ready to not rumble!

Ohio blames frackers for earthquakes

Now the state will require fracking operations to closely monitor seismic activity and stop drilling if things get shaky.