John Upton

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.