John Upton

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

Climate & Energy

Midwestern farmers harvesting solar power

It's not just milk, cereal, and soy that's being produced on Midwestern farms.

Climate & Energy

Free trade deal on solar and wind could hurt the environment

World leaders in Davos aim to lift tariffs on solar panels, wind turbines, and other environmental goods. Here's why that could hurt the environment.

Climate & Energy

Gas company: No need to frack outside London; regular old drilling will do

The British site of anti-fracking protests over the summer will not be home to fracking. Or so says the energy company that wants to drill the heck out of the site.

Climate & Energy

Judge rules climatologist can sue skeptics who compared him to Jerry Sandusky

A libel lawsuit brought by climate scientist Michael Mann against a conservative magazine and group will proceed, a judge ruled last week.

Climate & Energy

Critics call Mayor Rahm’s plans to light up Chicago at night a dim idea

Chicago's mayor wants the city to become the Midwestern City of Light. How environmentally friendly is that?

Food

U.N. warns us to eat less meat and lay off biofuels, or we’re in for it

If we don't mend our ways, wild areas nearly as big as Brazil will turn into farmland by 2050. A new U.N. report lays out a plan for avoiding that.

Climate & Energy

Freedom Industries kept West Virginia spill details secret

When that West Virginia tank busted open earlier this month, a second toxic chemical spilled into the Elk River. The company knew -- but didn't bother telling officials.

Climate & Energy

Seashore solar comes to Japan

Japan's largest solar power plant has been built on reclaimed land jutting into a bay -- a creative solution for a crowded country.

Climate & Energy

Illinois petcoke rules coming, but not as fast as governor wants

Gov. Pat Quinn says growing piles of waste from tar-sands oil refining constitute an emergency, but owners of the piles successfully argued against immediate rules.