John Upton

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

Climate & Energy

Canadian tar-sands oil could start flooding into Europe

The European Union is set to scrap rules that restrict the import of especially dirty, climate-changing fuels.

Climate & Energy

U.S. and Canadian safety officials are freaked out about exploding trains

Transportation safety boards in the two countries issued urgent calls on Thursday for new rules to make oil-hauling trains less dangerous.

Climate & Energy

Key enviro law suspended in California under drought emergency

When Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought, he quietly suspended parts of one of the state's landmark laws, the California Environmental Quality Act.

Climate & Energy

Can clean energy replace a shuttered nuke plant in California?

Yes, definitely, say the state's cleantech leaders. They're joining enviros to push for more renewables instead of new natural-gas plants.

Climate & Energy

Europe wimps out on climate and clean energy

Sure, it's still better than the rest of the world, but activists and scientists had been hoping for stronger goals on CO2 emissions and renewable energy.

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Enviros step up fight over oil shale mine in Utah

It would be the first commercial oil shale project in the U.S., and environmentalists hope to stop it by fighting a state water permit.

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Nuclear plant leak patched up near Lake Erie

A nuclear power plant in Ohio leaked radioactive tritium into groundwater, but now the leak's been patched up and there's no sign that Lake Erie was contaminated.


Cattle ranchers lose bid to shoot bison with biobullets

Ranchers want wild bison in Yellowstone inoculated against a cattle disease, but their proposal for shooting vaccine into the beasts with air guns was rejected.

Climate & Energy

Beijing bans new power plants to help clear the air

The famously polluted city will also ban new steel and cement factories and oil refineries, and will try to control the number of cars on its roads.

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