John Upton

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

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?

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.


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.