John Upton

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

The best (and worst) quotes from the silly House climate hearing

Republicans accused Obama of being a job-killing, coal-hating president who believes fairy tales invented by mischievous scientists.

Delaying climate action will triple costs

It will be a lot cheaper to start fighting global warming today than it will be 15 or so years from now.

British anti-fracking occupation will continue

A local council in England tried to evict a high-profile fracking protest, but a judge ruled that the protesters can stay.

USDA doesn’t care about GMO contamination of alfalfa

The feds are refusing to do anything after Monsanto's GMO alfalfa contaminated a Washington farmer's crop, saying the marketplace should sort it out.

Big Coal, Republicans go after Obama’s energy nominee, saying he’s too green

Rob Binz, Obama's pick to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, thinks renewables are a good hedge against fossil fuels. So he's being crucified.

Fracking study downgrades methane worries, escalates enviro infighting

Environmental Defense Fund helped pay for a study that found fracking might not be so terrible for the climate. Other green groups are not pleased.

America’s kids eating healthier, getting fitter

The sweet news from a new study is that children are exercising more, watching TV less, and eating more healthful foods than they used to.

Pebble Mine project in Alaska is on the ropes

One of two companies that wanted to build a massive gold and copper mine near Bristol Bay has pulled out of the project, leaving its future uncertain.

Herbicide drift threatens vineyards

Wisconsin is home to a flourishing grape-farming industry. Who knew? But that industry is threatened by pesticides from corn and soy farms.