John Upton

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

Climate & Energy

Wind power kept the heaters working in Texas

Foul weather knocked some fossil-fuel power plants offline in Texas, leaving wind energy to save the day.

Climate & Energy

White House smacks down climate deniers in new video

Presidential science advisor John Holdren explains that cold weather does not in fact disprove global warming.

Climate & Energy

Wind power boom could see British factories operating at night

The national electrical grid might start paying factories to operate through the night when wind power is ample but electricity demand is normally low.

Climate & Energy

Washington coal export project dumped by Goldman Sachs

Wall Street is not so hot on coal anymore, and that means plans to build the West Coast's biggest coal export terminal are now on the rocks.

Climate & Energy

Yet another oil train explodes, this time in New Brunswick, Canada

A train carrying crude oil and propane jumped the tracks and burst into flames, triggering evacuations in a town just beyond the Maine border.

Climate & Energy

Court battle could force New Jersey to resume carbon trading

Enviros are trying to push the state back into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative cap-and-trade program, despite opposition from Gov. Chris Christie.

Climate & Energy

Will the U.S. lift its 38-year ban on crude oil exports?

Oil companies and oil-loving politicians alike are anxious to ship U.S. oil abroad and are pushing for an end to the ban.

Climate & Energy

California’s cap-and-trade program could fund high-speed rail

Gov. Jerry Brown wants to take $250 million raised by the state's carbon-trading program and put it toward a fast train between L.A. and San Francisco.

Food

McDonald’s will shift (very slowly) to sustainable beef

The fast-food giant will start buying some in 2016, and then gradually work toward its "aspirational goal" of buying 100 percent verified sustainable beef.

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