John Upton

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

Climate & Energy

Fracking fights spread to Europe

European leaders want to use fracking to emulate America's oil and gas boom. European citizens are not so happy about that idea.

Food

Why are there pesticides and GMOs in our national wildlife refuges?

Enviro groups are suing the feds over cultivation of genetically engineered crops and use of pesticides in Midwestern wildlife refuges.

Climate & Energy

People save more energy when they know they’re being watched

Utility customers who were told their electricity use was being tracked as part of an experiment reduced their consumption by 2.7 percent.

Climate & Energy

Coal company accidentally turns a creek into concrete

Workers dumped tons of grout into a ridge to try to repair damage caused by mining, but the grout poured out the bottom and into a creek.

Climate & Energy

We can’t blame everything on climate change: Soot melts glaciers too

Why did glaciers in the Alps start melting 40 years before temperatures started to rise? New research blames the air pollution spewed by the Industrial Revolution.

Climate & Energy

Safety inspectors target oil-hauling trains

U.S. safety officials have launched a Bakken Blitz to keep closer watch on trains carrying fracked oil out of North Dakota.

Business & Technology

Levitating train breaks speed record in Japan

Japan is building a maglev train that moves fast -- it just tested at more than 310 miles per hour. But construction is moving slowly.

Climate & Energy

Crop-munching pests are traveling north as the climate changes

The beetles, moths, and fungi that chomp on crops and devastate forests are moving toward the North Pole at an average of 24 feet per day.

Food

Farm kills millions of bees with illegal pesticide spraying, gets slap on wrist

One of Florida's largest orange growers is being fined for improper use of pesticides, but the fine is shockingly low.

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