John Upton

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

Oil refineries in Louisiana have accidents almost every day

Well, OK, not every single day. Just six days a week on average. Actually, to be specific, 6.3 days a week.

Pope Francis

Divine intervention? Pope opposes fracking

Pope Francis has been posing for photographs while holding anti-fracking T-shirts. Will a papal encyclical be next?

No, global warming isn’t caused by solar flares or cosmic rays

There's now even more peer-reviewed research from actual scientists to debunk a favorite climate-denier theory.

dry California hills with clouds overhead

California, on track for record dry year, is ready to seed clouds

Not a single drop of rain fell over San Francisco last month, contributing to the state's parched conditions. Water managers hope cloud seeding will help.

wind energy

Floating offshore wind turbines spinning near Fukushima

Japan is installing floating turbines near the site of one of the world's worst nuclear disasters. The first one started generating power on Monday.

Obama nominates BLM leader Neil Kornze to lead the BLM

If confirmed, he'll lead the agency through mounting controversy over leasing of land for fracking and coal mining as well as for solar and wind projects.

Enviros give a thumbs-up to Obama’s new climate chief

Dan Utech, a D.C. insider and former Hillary Clinton aide, has been promoted to become the president's top climate and energy adviser, replacing Heather Zichal.

oil train

Train loaded with oil derails, explodes, pollutes Alabama wetlands

A 90-car train carrying fracked oil from North Dakota went off the rails into a marsh, making a big ol' mess.

boy at scene of devastation from Typhoon Haiyan

Philippines blames climate change for monster typhoon

As U.N. climate talks begin in Warsaw, officials from the Philippines are demanding that the world act to fight climate change -- and that rich countries pay their fair share.