John Upton

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


A high seas fishing ban scorecard: (Almost) everybody wins

For half the world's oceans, there are no fishing rules. Banning fishing there would boost fisheries closer to shores and make the whole enterprise more sustainable.

Climate & Energy

States struggling to understand frackquakes

Frackers are making the earth shake, prompting even frack-friendly states to put their heads together to try to figure out how to reduce the risks.

Climate & Energy

Congress successfully took the wind out of wind energy’s sails last year

Just 1 gigawatt of new wind energy capacity was installed in the U.S. last year -- down from 13 gigawatts the year before. Thanks, Congress!

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.


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.


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.