John Upton

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

Politics

Republicans say Obama’s climate plan is a war on America

And at least one coal-loving Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, agrees.

Article

Giant, oil-belching sinkhole dooms more than 100 homes in Louisiana

The 15-acre sinkhole was caused by the collapse of a salt mine that served the petrochemical industry.

Living

After mass bumblebee die-off, activists call for new pesticide rules

The number of bumblebees killed by a pesticide application in Oregon has risen to 50,000, and nature lovers are calling for stronger regulation of neonicotinoid insecticides.

Climate & Energy

Supreme Court will hear big clean-air case

An EPA rule cracking down on power-plant pollution that crosses state borders was struck down by a federal court last year. Now the Supremes will hear the case and could reinstate the rule.

Climate & Energy

Calgary floods trigger an oil spill and a mass evacuation

Epic floods forced more than 100,000 people to flee their homes last week in Alberta, Canada, prompting questions about the link between climate change and flooding.

Climate & Energy

Could Massachusetts become the first state to impose a carbon tax?

Climate activists are pushing a state ballot measure that would tax carbon emissions from gasoline, heating oil, and other fossil fuels.

Climate & Energy

Study links fracking to drinking water pollution

Water wells close to natural-gas operations in Pennsylvania were more likely than others to be contaminated with dissolved methane and other gases, researchers found.

Article

Nuclear waste leaking at Hanford site in Washington, again

America's most contaminated nuclear site appears to have sprung another leak, just five miles from the Columbia River.

Food

FBI chases anti-GMO activists while ignoring Monsanto’s transgressions

Somebody uprooted GMO sugar beet plants, and the FBI is in hot pursuit. But it's not concerned about the illegal Monsanto GMO wheat that popped up in a field recently.