John Upton

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


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.

Climate & Energy

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.

Business & Technology

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.


Bobby Jindal to axe officials who took on Big Oil

The Louisiana governor is giving the boot to flood-control officials who sued oil companies over billions of dollars in damage to coastal marshes.

Climate & Energy

Oil and fracking chemicals spill into Colorado’s floodwaters

Pipelines are sagging and snapping. Chemical tanks are toppling over. Oil and gas wells are inundated. As if the floods haven't caused enough tragedy already.


Wasted food is a huge climate problem

If wasted food were a country, it would be the world's third largest contributor to climate change, after China and the U.S.

Climate & Energy

Bills will make it easier for Californians to buy and sell solar power

Soon it will be simpler for renters, schools, and others to buy renewable energy, and for people with solar panels to sell their power onto the grid.