John Upton

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

Business & Technology

Ohio lawmakers: All right, folks, we guess it’s OK for you to buy Teslas

Ohio lawmakers have backed away from a potential ban on Tesla's sales centers, but they will only allow three of the centers to operate in their state.

Climate & Energy

BP’s newly upgraded refinery just spilled oil into Chicago’s water source

An oil spill from BP's Whiting refinery was just the latest in a string of similar accidents across the U.S.

Politics

Christie’s new woe: Court rules he illegally dumped climate protections

When Christie's administration unilaterally pulled out out of a regional cap-and-trade program in 2011, it broke the law, an appeals court rules.

Climate & Energy

Air pollution kills 7 million people every year

One in eight deaths in 2012 was caused by air pollution. Thanks, fossil fuels.

Food

Wait, why are we dunking so many of our seeds in neonic poison?

It's hard for farmers to buy seeds that aren't coated with pesticides. A new report explains how little we know about the benefits of this practice.

Climate & Energy

Chevron creates its own news outlet for a poor city that it pollutes

Chevron isn't content to stop at just controlling the national news. In an alarming development, it's disguised a propaganda rag as an online news outlet in California.

Oil, oil everywhere

On Exxon Valdez anniversary, a fresh spill threatens Texas wildlife

Populations of birds are at risk after a ship collided with an oil-hauling barge in the Gulf of Mexico over the past weekend.

Food

The clean energy industry is turning Nevada green

More than $5 billion has been invested in renewable energy projects in the state since 2010.

Climate & Energy

These frackers have the nerve to call L.A. leaders “appallingly irresponsible”

Members of the L.A. city council want scientists to investigate whether a recent earthquake was linked to hydraulic fracturing. Frackers responded with insults.