John Upton

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

Fracking protest

Feds to frackers: “No, please — let us help you find a place to dump your wastewater”

The Department of Energy is spending $1.8 million trying to help frackers in the Northeast find somewhere to dump millions of barrels of wastewater.

Storm clouds

Wacky jet stream to blame for wild North American weather

From the floods in Colorado to heat waves and cold snaps, scientists say unusual behavior of a normally predictable jet stream is to blame. What's the climate change link?


Aussies open wallets to save climate advisers from new prime minister

Australia's new climate-denying leader scrapped a federal climate task force. Some of his more enlightened countrymen and women are funding it as a nonprofit, instead.

World’s biggest solar thermal power plant fired up in California

As of Tuesday, the sprawling Ivanpah solar power plant in California's Mojave Desert started supplying electricity to up to 200,000 homes.

Greenpeace protest in Russia

Yarr! Russia says Greenpeace protesters are pirates

Putin threatens Greenpeace activists who took part in a demonstration against offshore drilling in Russian Arctic waters with serious penalties.


Stellar warming will turn Earth into Venus (eventually)

Life on Earth will meet a fiery demise, and there's no stopping it. Fortunately, it won't happen for another couple billion years.

Lake Superior

Great Lakes shipping terminal for Bakken oil hits dead end

A crude terminal proposed for Duluth, Minn., would load oil tankers bound for the East Coat through the Great Lakes. But the plans have faltered.

Mississippi River

Court to EPA on Gulf dead-zone rules: Make up your freakin’ mind

The federal government just came a step closer to regulating fertilizer runoff in the Mississippi River -- runoff that feeds Gulf of Mexico dead zones.

Republican solution to wildfires: Sell the trees!

No forests means no wildfires, see? Despite that impeccable logic, the bill the House just passed to double logging nationwide will never become law.