John Upton

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

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.

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.

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

Europe, watch your back.

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.

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.

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.

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.