John Upton

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

Climate & Energy

Illinois is America’s nuclear waste capital

The U.S. has no central repository for nuclear waste, so it's piling up at power plants. Illinois now houses more of it than any other state.

Climate & Energy

West Coast leaders team up on a new climate plan

California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia will work together to tackle climate change. The specifics are fuzzy, but hey, it's something.

Climate & Energy

Australia’s climate-denying prime minister is convinced he’s the authority on climate change

Tony Abbott denies there's a link between global warming and the wildfires ravaging his country, and he's pushing to roll back Australia's carbon tax.

Politics

Virginia voters know we’re changing the climate, Republican candidate does not

A poll finds most Virginians plan to vote for the Democrat in next week's election. That same poll finds most Virginians understand climate change.

Climate & Energy

The Arctic hasn’t been this hot for 120,000 years

A new study finds unprecedented warming in the Canadian Arctic, and blames it squarely on climate change.

Climate & Energy

Africa’s biggest wind farm starts spinning

A new 84-turbine farm in Ethiopia will help keep the country powered when droughts slow hydropower to a trickle.

Climate & Energy

Hundreds of oil spills kept secret by North Dakota

Shocked that a big oil spill in North Dakota was kept from the public for 11 days? That's nothing. Turns out lots of spills have gone unreported by the state.

Climate & Energy

Scientists refuse to participate in silly Nebraska climate study

A state law calls for a study of how "cyclical climate change" could affect the state. Climate scientists don't know what that means and don't want anything to do with it.

Climate & Energy

Coal-plant owner offers to wash cars after spewing ash over city

The utility will pay to clean vehicles, but not houses, yards, or anything else. It claims coal ash is nothing to worry about. Enviros say au contraire.

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