John Upton

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

One of the petcoke piles in Chicago

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.


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.

fracking site

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.

Paradise Fossil Plant in Kentucky

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.

Deforestation in the Amazon

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 protesters in Warsaw

U.N. climate talks: Four countries behaving badly

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

Entire Texan town evacuated after pipeline explosion

A Chevron pipeline exploded on Thursday, sending up huge flames and plumes of smoke and forcing some 700 people out of their homes.

Wind energy in Wisconsin

Bill would promote bogus wind-turbine syndrome lawsuits in Wisconsin

The legislation would allow neighbors to sue wind farm owners for health problems and falling property values. Never mind that researchers have found neither of those things to be a problem.

Court upholds California’s cap-and-trade system

Two conservative groups sued to stop the state's year-old carbon-trading system. A judge told them tough luck.