John Upton

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

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West Virginia caught unprepared for contamination of water supply, despite warnings

The company that leaked a toxic chemical into the Elk River had told state officials about the contents of its riverside tanks. Why didn't officials draw up emergency plans?

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Enviros and climate scientists continue their fight over nuclear power

More than 300 green groups release a letter saying no to nuclear, and climate scientist Ken Caldeira defends his reluctant support for the technology.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.