John Upton

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

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.

Politics

White House to crack down on methane pollution

The Obama administration will soon release rules to reduce methane leakage during the production and transport of natural gas.

Climate & Energy

Aussie farmers to be paid to store carbon in soil

Planting trees, composting, and other measures that help keep carbon in the ground could soon earn farmers government payments. But a carbon tax would be better.

Climate & Energy

Pipeline bursts, makes a big mess in Ohio nature preserve

Another one? Yes, another one. More than 10,000 gallons of oil spilled from a ruptured pipeline into a wetland area.

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