John Upton

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

Climate & Energy

Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant to shutter

More bad news for the nuclear industry: Entergy Corp. announced Tuesday that it will power down the plant next year.

Climate & Energy

Wind turbines don’t hurt property values

The most comprehensive study to date finds that the construction of wind farms near homes does not lower home sale prices.

Climate & Energy

Vanishing ocean smell could also mean fewer clouds

As oceans become acidic, they produce less of that ocean scent, which contains compounds that help clouds form. And that means more sunlight and more global warming.

Food

Maryland chickens out on farm pollution rule

Just as the state was about to clamp down on farmers who coat their crops with chicken manure, officials cave to the poultry industry.

Food

Syngenta to take a continent to court to upend pesticide ban

Syngenta is suing the European Commission to let it continue selling neonic insecticides that kill pollinating bees.

Climate & Energy

Australian floods lowered worldwide sea levels

Scientists have been puzzled by a drop in worldwide sea levels in 2011. New research suggests that deluges in Australia were largely responsible.

Climate & Energy

Vermont can’t shut down nuke plant, court says

State lawmakers concerned about radioactive leaks want the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant shut down, but a federal court ruled that's beyond their power.

Climate & Energy

Fracking company wants to build new pipeline — for water

Should an energy company be allowed to suck millions of gallons a day from the Ohio River?

Climate & Energy

Cutting soot and methane emissions would not help the climate as much as hoped

The U.S. has been working with other nations to reduce short-lived climate pollutants, but new research suggests this strategy will have limited success.

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