John Upton

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

Climate & Energy

Stick it to ‘em: Scientists call for labeling tar-sands oil

The E.U. is considering a system to label gasoline according to how much carbon it emits. Oil companies and Canada don't like the idea.

Climate & Energy

Fracking company finds new way to screw over the environment

A subsidiary of fracking giant Chesapeake Energy is being fined $3.2 million for water pollution caused by sloppy construction practices.

Food

China doesn’t want our genetically modified corn

China has rejected a third of America's corn exports this year because they harbored GM varieties not approved for sale in the country.

Climate & Energy

The Obama administration is undermining its own plans for carbon capture

New coal power plants will have to capture their CO2, but they'll be able to sell it to oil companies to be pumped down into old wells to increase oil production.

Climate & Energy

Russia begins offshore drilling in Arctic

The rig made famous by Greenpeace's Arctic 30 is now pumping oil, the first step in Russia's plans to drill the hell out of the Arctic.

Climate & Energy

Fracking opponents win big in Pennsylvania

The state Supreme Court struck down parts of an industry-friendly law and ruled that local governments can regulate the fracking industry.

Climate & Energy

Chicago cracks down on piles of tar-sands waste

After months of citizens complaining about petcoke blowing into their neighborhoods, Mayor Rahm Emanual is forcing shipping terminals to clean up their acts.

Food

New Mexico suing to block horse slaughter

The state's attorney general is filing a lawsuit to stop a slaughterhouse from killing horses for meat.

Climate & Energy

China launches world’s second-biggest carbon-trading market

Europe, watch your back.

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