John Upton

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

Climate & Energy

Turbine tourism: Bus tours of a wind-energy park are a big hit

In Michigan, tourists are lining up for wind-energy tours that let you go right up and touch a turbine.

Climate & Energy

Party like it’s 1994! America’s CO2 emissions hit 18-year low

In 2012, energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. fell to 1994 levels.


Here’s why privatizing food inspection might not be the greatest idea

Flawed advice and ratings from a private food-inspection firm led to tainted cantaloupe that killed 33 people, say farmers who are filing suit against the firm.

Climate & Energy

Colorado frackers paying tiny fines for keeping chemicals secret

Frackers have been flouting a Colorado rule that requires them to disclose the chemicals they use. Seven companies have been fined $1,000 apiece.


Gulf fisherman: “There is no life out there”

It's oyster season, but many oyster beds in the Gulf of Mexico are empty. Thanks to the 2010 BP oil spill, lots of other fisheries are suffering too.

Climate & Energy

Winery plans to chop down California redwoods to make room for vineyards

As the world warms, winemakers are moving into new regions. Along the California coast, that's bad news for redwoods.

Climate & Energy

Oil and gas train runs off tracks, explodes in Canada — again

A train laden with propane and oil jumped off the tracks in Alberta, triggering a big fire and causing a nearby town to be evacuated.

Climate & Energy

U.N. lists air pollution as carcinogen

If you want to avoid lung cancer, the United Nation's cancer-research body has some advice for you: Don't breathe.


America to EPA: We missed you, babe

Republicans cheered when EPA workers were furloughed. But poll results show that most Americans wanted those workers back on the job.