John Upton

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

Food

Feds want food importers to ramp up safety measures

The FDA says food purveyors should no longer be able to skirt U.S. food safety rules by producing their product abroad and then selling it to Americans.

Politics

Dems plan to talk about climate action during August, Republican deniers plan to talk nonsense

Some anti-science Republicans just can't stop saying stupid things about global warming, even though they're playing into Democrats' hands.

Climate & Energy

Clean energy clash: Solar advocates and conservationists butt heads

As more government land is earmarked for solar and other renewable energy projects, some environmental activists in the West are not happy.

Business & Technology

EV market threatened by spat over charger standards

Two incompatible electric-vehicle charging systems are fighting for dominance, like a replay of the '80s-era battle between VHS and Betamax.

Business & Technology

Company responsible for latest Gulf blowout complains about overregulation

The fire is out at the gas-drilling rig that caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico this week, but a debate about drilling regulations has sparked back to life.

Climate & Energy

Halliburton admits it destroyed Deepwater Horizon evidence

When Halliburton's computer simulations showed it could have shared blame for the epic blowout and oil spill, the company destroyed the results.

Climate & Energy

Antarctica’s permafrost is melting

A cliff of Antarctic ice is wasting away 10 times faster than it had in recent geological history, a new study says, and that could be bad news for the whole continent.

Climate & Energy

Court tells Transocean to stop obstructing Deepwater Horizon investigation

Transocean has been refusing to hand over documents to the federal government, but now a federal appeals court says it must.

Climate & Energy

China to spend big to clean up its air

After air pollution reached sickening new heights earlier this year, the government now says it will spend $277 billion to tackle the problem.

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