John Upton

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

Climate & Energy

Fracking chemicals could mess with your hormones

Chemicals commonly used by frackers can have negative effects on the thyroid and other bodily systems, new research suggests.

free money

Climate action could spur $2 trillion in economic growth in 2030 alone

Fighting global warming can spur GDP growth, not hamper it, says the World Bank in a new study.

The cities have spoken

U.S. mayors call for emergency action on climate change

Municipal leaders from all around the country have backed President Obama's climate proposals and called for the federal government to do more.

a tough way to make money

Disprove global warming, score $10,000

A physicist is offering a cash prize to anyone who can disprove humanity's role in global warming. He's not too worried about losing any money.

What you don't know can hurt you

Pennsylvania ordered its health workers to never discuss fracking

Two former state employees say they were told not to return phone calls of residents who complained that fracking was harming their health.

say what?

NATO chief accuses fracking opponents of being Russian puppets

NATO's secretary general says Russia "engages actively" with "environmental organizations working against shale gas." Enviros say that's bullshit.

out damn spot

Federal bill would wash away plastic microbead problem

At least one member of Congress wants to get plastic microbeads out of our grooming products -- and out of our waterways.

Politics

Turns out there are a few Republicans who want to do something about climate change

Former EPA chiefs who served under four Republican presidents are backing the Obama administration's efforts to regulate CO2 from power plants.

get out!

Oakland votes to keep coal and oil trains away

The city council also moved to divest from fossil-fuel stocks.

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