John Upton

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

Climate & Energy

Kochs must move their massive piles of tar-sands waste, Detroit mayor says

Petcoke has been piling up on Detroit's riverfront near a refinery processing tar-sands oil from Canada, but the city has finally had enough.


“Bee-friendly” plants could be bee killers

Half of a sampling of "bee-friendly" plants purchased from major retailers tested positive for bee-killing neonic pesticides, according to a new report.

Business & Technology

More of America’s wind turbines are actually being built in America

In 2007, just 25 percent of turbine components used in new U.S. wind farms were produced domestically. Last year, that figure rose to 72 percent.

Climate & Energy

Undercover agents infiltrate anti-Keystone protests

Cops spied on activists planning a peaceful protest in Oklahoma -- and that's just one of many incidents of spying by the government and TransCanada.

Business & Technology

BP whines some more about how rough life is

After Deepwater Horizon, BP was temporarily banned from winning new federal contracts. The oil giant thinks that's totally unfair and is now suing the government.

Climate & Energy

Even nuclear weapons are going green

America's main nuke plant will soon be powered partly by wind. Hey, if you're going to condemn the world to a nuclear winter, you might as well be climate-friendly about it.


Climate-denier politicians under attack by new ad campaign

The League of Conservation Voters will spend $2 million on ads that portray four Republicans in Congress as dangerous extremists.

Climate & Energy

Ozone hole could be making global warming worse

It's like Lord Voldemort joining forces with The Penguin: Two of the globe's greatest environmental threats appear to be ganging up on us.

Climate & Energy

White House calls for more grid spending as climate changes

The nation's power grid is increasingly vulnerable to severe weather. The Obama administration is calling for upgrades but not saying where the funding should come from.

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