John Upton

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

Climate & Energy

Australians elect climate denier who pledges to dump carbon tax

Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott once called climate science "absolute crap." His first order of business: Scrap the country's climate programs.

Climate & Energy

Fracking industry says fracking made you $1,200 richer last year

So go on out and buy that 65-inch plasma TV on credit -- you're good for it. Or, wait, maybe that's not quite the whole story ...


Replacing poultry inspectors with factory workers might not be greatest idea, says GAO

As the USDA prepares to remove inspectors from poultry factory lines, food-safety groups and the Government Accountability Office are raising concerns.

Climate & Energy

Detroit’s dirty petcoke piles disappear, but where did they go?

The Koch brothers have removed their disgusting piles of refinery waste from Detroit. Rumor has it that they're now in Ohio, but the Kochs aren't talking.

Climate & Energy

Clean energy law reducing electricity costs in Ohio

Ohio's renewable energy mandate has been good for ratepayers, a new study finds. But that's isn't stopping one Republican from trying to roll it back.

Climate & Energy

Illinois concedes kids maybe shouldn’t be brainwashed by Big Coal

Pro-coal propaganda has been woven into curricula in Illinois schools, but now a state review is calling for changes to the program.

Climate & Energy

Fracking wastewater disposal triggered more than 100 earthquakes in Ohio

Youngstown, Ohio, had never experienced a recorded earthquake. Then frackers started pumping wastewater into the ground at a single injection well, and things got crazy.

Climate & Energy

Oil refiners don’t care about Keystone XL anymore

Canadian oil companies still desperately want the Keystone XL pipeline, but U.S. oil refiners don’t much care whether the damned thing ever gets built.


Will the U.S. and New Zealand cave on plans for the world’s biggest marine reserve?

Russia doesn't like a proposal to protect 890,000 square miles of Antarctic waters, so New Zealand is looking to scale it back. What will the U.S. do?