John Upton

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

Maine’s governor signs GMO-labeling law

Maine is now the second state to mandate the labeling of foods containing GMOs, but the law will only take effect if other states follow its lead.

EPA will let frackers keep on dumping chemicals into the sea

A new rule will just require the companies to tell the government which chemicals they're dumping.

Coal chemical spills in West Virginia, leaving 300,000 without tap water

A supplier to the coal industry spilled thousands of gallons of a toxic chemical into a river, poisoning local water supplies.

At least EPA is doing a little something to help bees

The agency still won't outlaw bee-killing pesticides, but it is funding research into reducing use of chemicals that harm pollinators.

Pesticide in frozen food sickens hundreds in Japan

Perhaps 1,000 people in Japan have been sickened by insecticide-laced foods, and more than 6 million packages of frozen food have been recalled.

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.

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.

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.

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.