John Upton

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

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.

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.