John Upton

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

Andrew Cuomo

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.

Deepwater Horizon accident

BP engineer found guilty of obstructing justice

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

A pregnant lady with broccoli

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.

No tar sands oil

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.

Global warming

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.

Sini Saarela

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.

Frac sand mine

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.


Rice seeds could save the day for Filipino typhoon victims

Another way Typhoon Haiyan sucked: it hit at rice-planting time. NGOs are now trying to help Filipino farmers avoid famine.

A dead bumblebee

Pesticide makers have found a new way to kill bees

The EPA recently approved a new neonicotinoid insecticide that's toxic to pollinators. Green groups and beekeepers are suing to get that decision reversed.