John Upton

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

Climate & Energy

Carbon-friendly skies: Flying smaller airlines reduces your footprint

To shrink your airborne carbon footprint, stick with smaller carriers that serve regional geographic areas. (And probably don't fly Allegiant Air.)

Climate & Energy

We don’t need no stinking permits: California frackers get their way

Californian legislation that was going to restrict fracking has been lobbied and amended so it gives drillers free passes on environmental laws.

Food

There’s arsenic in your rice, but don’t worry about it, says FDA

The Food & Drug Administration tested 1,300 samples of rice and found arsenic in them all, but only in very small amounts.

Climate & Energy

Nearly 48,000 suing BP over toxic pollution from Texas refinery

BP vented 500,000 pounds of chemicals from a refinery in 2010. Now it's being sued by neighbors who had to breathe that carcinogenic cocktail.

Cities

New Orleans has a radical new plan for managing floods

Instead of trying to pump out all floodwater, officials want to corral it into areas that serve as parks during drier times. Rain gardens, bioswales, and canals will help too.

Food

One in 20 American kids is extremely obese

The childhood obesity rate in the U.S. appears to have plateaued, but the prevalence of "extreme obesity" continues to rise.

Climate & Energy

Japan played down nuclear troubles as it fought for Olympic hosting rights

Fukushima shmookushima. That's what Japanese officials said as they convinced IOC officials to let them host the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Climate & Energy

Shell fined $1.1 million for polluting Arctic air during error-plagued drilling efforts

Not only were both of Shell's exploratory drilling rigs in the Arctic damaged in accidents last year; they both violated the Clean Air Act.

Climate & Energy

Obama signs on to three international climate pacts in three days

The president pledged in June that he would lead global climate efforts. With these new pacts, it looks like he's actually trying.

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