John Upton

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

Activist cited for animal cruelty because she filmed animal cruelty

A sheriff in Colorado has decided that covertly filming workers abusing farm animals constitutes cruelty to animals.

Climate change will make the Arctic a new battleground. Here’s how America will fight

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel outlined the Pentagon's eight-point strategy for policing the Arctic as drilling and shipping bloom. Hint: Guns, ammo, and friends.

Confirmed: Climate coverage fell after New York Times killed environment desk

Nearly a year after the Times dismantled its environmental reporting desk, a review by the paper's public editor reveals that climate coverage is suffering.

As Warsaw climate talks end, scraps of good news in a mess of bad

The U.N.'s process grinds forward, and delegates agree on some important steps to halt deforestation, but remain allergic to bigger commitments.

Study reveals how badly frackers lie about jobs

The fracking industry would like you to believe that each of its wells directly employs 31 workers. A new report says the number is closer to four.

This Ohio lawmaker thinks you’re an enviro-socialist rent-seeker

A state senator is pushing a bill to water down Ohio's renewable electricity rules. Don't like it? Then he has some choice words for you.

Fracking boom is fueling a plastics boom

Plastic crap that Americans are accustomed to importing from Asia is increasingly being manufactured right here in the U.S., thanks to cheap natural gas.

U.K. joins the club, vows to curb coal financing

Britain joined a growing list of countries and international organizations pledging to end financial support for most coal power plants.

BP sends more drilling rigs to the Gulf of Mexico than ever before

Deepwater Horizon disaster? Forgetaboutit. BP recently deployed two more oil-drilling rigs to the Gulf, taking its count to a record-breaking nine.