John Upton

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

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.

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.

Food

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.