John Upton

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

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.

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.

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.

Another ship gets stuck in Antarctic ice, and it still doesn’t disprove global warming

The U.S. Coast Guard is on its way to rescue a ship that got stuck in ice while trying to rescue another ship that got stuck in ice. Why so much ice? A rescued scientist explains.

U.S. sailors say Fukushima radiation made them sick

A U.S. Navy ship that delivered aid to Japan after the big tsunami in 2011 sailed right into a plume of radioactive pollution. Now sick sailors are suing the nuclear plant owner.

California is dangerously short on snow

The snowpack in the Sierra Nevada mountains is way low, suggesting that Californians can look forward to a year of drought and water shortages.

Fracking could be bad for babies

New research finds that infants born near fracking wells in Pennsylvania had lower birth weights and more health concerns than other newborns.

Carbon trading is booming in North America, no thanks to U.S. or Canadian governments

California and Quebec are now the most expensive places in the world in which to pump carbon dioxide into the air.

Tar-sands mining in Canada is unleashing mercury pollution

As if the oil-sands operations in Alberta weren't bad enough, here's another way they're polluting the environment.