John Upton

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

Big biz fights Obama admin’s calculations on carbon costs

America's biggest and dirtiest industries say the government shouldn't try to tally up the climate-related costs of fossil-fuel burning.

ExxonMobil company charged with fracking-related crimes

Pennsylvania is going after the company for spilling frackwater into a river. The company responds with Orwellian logic, arguing that the case will "discourage good environmental practices."

Navajo Generating Station

Let’s fight the 1 percent — of power plants

Nearly 1 percent of U.S. power plants -- 50 of them, all fueled by coal -- produce 30 percent of the power sector's CO2 pollution.

Alfalfa, aka lucerne

Hay contaminated with Monsanto GMOs rejected for export

A Washington farmer grew a GMO-free crop of alfalfa, but an exporter wouldn't take it because it appeared to have been tainted by the genetically modified variety.

fracking equipment

Should North Dakota be exempt from federal fracking rules?

Members of Congress from North Dakota argue that frackers in their state shouldn't have to follow planned federal rules. Because things are "unique" in North Dakota.

A polar bear on Arctic Ice

Sorry, skeptics: Arctic ice is still melting quickly this summer

Well-below-average Arctic ice levels continue a recent slump -- but that won't stop climate deniers from misinterpreting the data as evidence the planet is cooling.

Is this a La Niña or El Niño year? Try La Nada

For more than a year now, the Pacific Ocean has been without La Niña or El Niño. In its place is La Nada, which could be a lot more extreme than it sounds.

Alaska Air

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.)

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.