John Upton

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

Climate & Energy

Kalamazoo pipeline protester could get two years in jail

An activist spent a day sitting inside a pipe to slow down construction of Enbridge's new replacement tar-sands pipeline in Michigan.

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North Carolinians could be forced to accept fracking on their property

If you live above natural gas reserves in North Carolina and your neighbors want to sell fracking rights, you might have to go along.

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Bobby Jindal doesn’t think Big Oil should have to clean up its mess

The Louisiana governor opposes a lawsuit that seeks to make oil companies repair coastal ecosystems they've damaged. It just so happens that he gets lots of money from the oil industry.

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Superstorm Sandy washed away half of Fire Island’s sand

New York's Fire Island lost more than half of its shoreline sand and sand dunes to the mega-hurricane, leaving the tourist mecca vulnerable to further storm surges.

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Fukushima keeps on leaking, Japan keeps on issuing confusing explanations

More than 300 tons of highly radioactive water leaked from the crippled nuclear power plant last week. So what else is new?


U.S. government paid $17 billion for weather-withered crops last year

A lot of that expense could have been avoided if the Federal Crop Insurance Program encouraged farmers to use conservation-oriented techniques, says NRDC.

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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.

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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.

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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.