John Upton

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Carbon offsets plan stirs up controversy in California

Californian companies will soon be able to buy carbon offsets to fulfill up to 8 percent of their required greenhouse gas reductions.

Big nuke company decides renewables are a better bet in the U.S.

French utility EDF is selling its stake in five American nuclear reactors, citing concerns about profits. It will focus on renewable energy instead.

Cuba is finally embracing solar power

The country gets just 4 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, but seven new solar farms will change that.

TransCanada plans colossal trans-Canada oil pipeline

With Keystone XL in limbo, TransCanada announced Thursday that it wants to build an even bigger pipeline from Alberta to eastern Canada.