John Upton

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

Is Monsanto’s Roundup linked to a deadly kidney disease?

Farm workers on sugar and rice plantations have been hit by a mysterious kidney ailment. Recent research suggests the herbicide glyphosate could be connected to the epidemics.

Greenpeace activists arrested — again — for trying to block Russia’s Arctic oil activities

The same protestors who were jailed in Russia last year got themselves arrested once more, this time for trying to block an oil delivery to a Dutch port.

déjà feu all over again

Oil train derails in Virginia, explodes, pollutes river

Meanwhile, the U.S. government still hasn't forced the railroad industry to get rid of the most dangerous, puncture-prone railcars.

Why is Alaska fighting the cleanup of Chesapeake Bay?

Conservative-led states that are nowhere near the bay are fighting the EPA's plan to clean it up.

EPA’s McCarthy slams the agency’s anti-science critics

In a forceful speech during a science meeting, the EPA chief pointed out the blatant hypocrisy of some of the agency's most vocal critics.

A week after Alaska OKs a big gas pipeline, another gas pipeline ruptures

Alaskan tundra was coated with a mist of oil and natural gas on Monday. The accident was a reminder of the folly of a massive pipeline proposal.

Factory farms get even grosser

As if CAFOs weren't disgusting enough already, now they're spraying manure out of sprinkler systems, and it's contaminating neighbors' homes.

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.

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.