John Upton

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

Accidents? What accidents? Shell’s Arctic drillers are ready to roll again

The Obama administration barred Shell from drilling in the Arctic following a series of accidents last year. The company is asking for permission to return next year.

Leaked IPCC report: Humans are adapting — but hunger, homelessness, and violence lie ahead

Findings from a leaked copy of the IPCC's next report aren't pretty, but they contain some glimmers of hope.

Bill would boost renewables to 25 percent by 2025, has no chance in hell of passing

Senators (and cousins!) Mark and Tom Udall have introduced a bill that would set a national renewable electricity standard. It's a good idea, sure to die in a bad Congress.

Bangladesh’s biggest power plant will harm world’s biggest mangrove forest

Bangladesh is vulnerable to floods and cyclones, which makes its plans for a new coal-fired power plant next to a mangrove forest all the more troubling.

Congress backtracking on law that aimed to reduce flood risks

America has been promoting the construction of homes in floodplains since the 1960s. And it plans to do so for another four years under a new bill.

Marcellus Shale fracking wells use 5 million gallons of water apiece

Frackers in Pennsylvania and West Virginia are using more water than those in other parts of the country, with most being skimmed off rivers and streams.

Have we hit a “permanent slowdown” in the growth of global CO2 emissions?

The world keeps pumping out more greenhouse gases every year than the year before, but the rate of growth is slowing, so that's at least a wee bit of good news.

The future of a big coal-export project will be decided by this small Washington community

A council election in Whatcom County will determine whether a coal terminal is built to send coal from Montana and Wyoming to Asia.

Italian mafia boss says pollution turned him into a police informant

He knew the mafia's toxic-waste dumping would doom people to die from cancer, and he eventually felt bad enough to do something about it.