John Upton

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

Climate & Energy

Northern Gateway tar-sands pipeline gets crucial government blessing

Enbridge's proposal to pipe oil from Alberta to Canada's west coast got an OK from a key national panel, but plenty of other hurdles remain.


Big food companies want to call GMO foods “natural”

Environmentalists and food safety advocates, as you might expect, are not fans of the idea.

Climate & Energy

Bankrupt fracking firm suing New York governor to end moratorium

Norse Energy sucks at its core business of drilling for oil and gas, so it's taken to suing officials and governments who've limited fracking.

Climate & Energy

BP engineer found guilty of obstructing justice

The engineer deleted text messages that showed BP was understating the size of the Deepwater Horizon spill.


Not just bad for bees: Neonic pesticides could damage babies’ brains

Two neonicotinoid pesticides that are frequently found on American produce could cause learning and memory problems in humans, European scientists warn.

Climate & Energy

Maine city gives tar-sands oil the finger

South Portland has imposed a six-month moratorium on shipping tar-sands oil through its port, and is now looking at a permanent ban.

Climate & Energy

NOAA: November was “record warm”

Combined land and sea temperatures broke through to new highs last month. We can't even blame an El Niño.

Climate & Energy

Greenpeace 30, Pussy Riot get Russian amnesty

The 28 activists and two journalists who were arrested at an offshore oil platform in the Arctic have been freed by an act of parliament, as have the two jailed members of the band Pussy Riot.

Climate & Energy

Sand-mine-happy Wisconsin mayor survives recall attempt

Frac sand, ho! The result of a recall election in a small Wisconsin town favors a Texan company that wants to mine for frac sand.

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