John Upton

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

Climate & Energy

Nuclear industry scores a big win, but still no solution for nuclear waste

The feds have been ordered to stop collecting $750 million in annual fees for a nuclear waste dump. That's because they have no plans to build a nuclear waste dump.

Climate & Energy

Super Euros: Top 10 climate-change-fighting countries are all in Europe

The U.S. is No. 40 on a new list that ranks nations by how much they're doing to stave off global warming.


This Pacific island has so much plastic pollution it might become a Superfund site

Part of the Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge is being studied for potential Superfund designation, the first time plastic pollution has prompted such consideration.

Climate & Energy

Piles of tar-sands waste in Chicago are pissing people off

A company owned by the Koch brothers is storing big piles of petroleum coke, which is blowing into nearby neighborhoods. The city, state, and feds are finally taking action.

Climate & Energy

China officially abandons its pursuit of “growth at all costs”

The country has decided that screwing the environment, human health, and social stability for the sake of the almighty yuan is not such a hot idea.

Climate & Energy

California and Illinois release draft fracking rules, and California’s are better

Enviros aren't pleased with Illinois' proposed regulations. California's are tougher, but activists continue to push for a fracking moratorium in the state.

Climate & Energy

Eight more U.S. coal generators bite the dust

Coal plants in Alabama and Kentucky will get the ax, the Tennessee Valley Authority says. Unfortunately, they may be replaced by nuclear and natural gas instead of renewables.

Climate & Energy

Logging on the rise again in the Brazilian Amazon

Deforestation had been slowing down over the past decade, but new figures show a 28 percent spike in land clearing compared to the previous year.

Climate & Energy

U.N. climate talks: Four countries behaving badly

Japan, Poland, Australia, and Canada are disgracing themselves at climate negotiations underway in Warsaw.