John Upton

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

Phillips 66 kills hundreds of birds in Texas, gets fined by feds

As many as a million birds a year die after landing in oil-industry waste pits. This time, an oil company is being held responsible.

Huge pipeline accidents cause spills, kill dozens in China

Pipeline accidents are on the rise in China as refineries boost their capacity to fuel the nation's growth.

Fed-up Chicago residents sue over petcoke ashheaps

Local, state, and federal governments are pushing back against the storage of uncovered piles of petroleum waste. Now residents are suing, too.

Tossed in space: NASA plans to farm greens on the moon

NASA plans a lunar experiment in drone farming. It's also trying to figure out how to make food with 3D printing.

Canada approves export of genetically modified salmon eggs

Your genetically modified fish dinner is almost ready. But first it will need to cross the continent twice.

Bid adieu to South Carolina’s drowning shorelines

About 1,200 acres of coastal land has disappeared from four South Carolina islands over the past 25 years, thanks to rising seas and erosion.

New Zealand rejects climate refugee asylum bid

A New Zealand court turns away a resident of low-lying Kiribati, saying environmental woes aren't sufficient for him to qualify as a refugee.

Climate negotiators are like Nazis, says this helpful, industry-funded group

Deniers working to slow progress at U.N. talks in Warsaw compared climate action with the Holocaust, as part of an effort to raise money.

Wind energy company fined $1 million over bird deaths

In the first criminal conviction of its kind, Duke Energy will pay big for killing golden eagles and other birds, and be forced to improve its practices.