John Upton

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

corn

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.

oil rigs

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.

Arctic drilling

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.

Fracking is rampant in Pennsylvania

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.

petcoke pile

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.

A horse with its tongue out

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.

Chinese currency and a seedling

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

Europe, watch your back.

BC forest

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.

Plant experiments

Big food companies want to call GMO foods “natural”

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