John Upton

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

A snowy road in New York

Oil and gas drilling waste is being spread over New York roads as de-icer

The salty waste makes roads less slippery, but environmentalists warn that it contains nasty chemicals and radiation.


Dallas — yes, Dallas — bans fracking in most of the city

J.R. Ewing must be rolling in his grave. The third largest city in Texas will now prohibit fracking within 1,500 feet of a home or school.


Check the climate forecast in your county

You can look up projected temperature trends in your county (that's county without an "r") using this nifty new online tool.

A reenactment of a battle involving the USSR

Is global warming stoking an Arctic cold war?

Russia, the U.S., and Canada are all pushing for greater control over the North Pole. Could be the the coldest war ever!

offshore wind turbines

How offshore wind farms could protect us from hurricanes

A wall of offshore turbines could have reduced Hurricane Katrina's wind speeds by half and storm surges by even more, researchers say.

protest sign: pipelines spill, tar sands kill

The southern half of Keystone XL is now filling up with oil

The fate of the northern leg of the Keystone pipeline is still up in the air, but the southern leg is now complete and will start delivering oil to refineries in January.

Potomac River

Wetlands are disappearing faster, just when we need them the most

More than 360,000 acres of waterfront habitat were lost between 2004 and 2009, and prairie wetlands took a beating too. Blame development and the ethanol mandate.

so much milk

Organic milk is better for your heart

New peer-reviewed research finds that organic milk has a near ideal balance of fatty acids, which could help protect you from heart disease. Nonorganic milk, not so much.

a gas

Meet perfluorotributylamine, the world’s worst greenhouse gas

This bad boy is 7,100 times worse for the climate than carbon dioxide, and it persists in the atmosphere for more than 500 years.