John Upton

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

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.


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.


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.

Climate & Energy

EPA delays fracking safety study until 2016

The agency is investigating the risks posed to drinking water by fracking. It was supposed to be done in 2014, but now it says it'll be two years late.


Kerry implores India to tackle climate change, ticks off Indian enviros

John Kerry's speech coincided with deadly flooding in India that's being blamed on climate change. But some Indian enviros didn't appreciate his preachy tone.

Climate & Energy

Wind industry and enviros team up to study bird deaths

A new project will collect and publish hitherto secret data on bird kills at wind farms, aiming to help a clean energy source get even cleaner.

Climate & Energy

Oil companies will curb use of air guns that torment marine mammals

Conservation groups suing to end seismic surveys in the Gulf of Mexico scored a partial victory, with oil companies agreeing to suspend sonar blasts in some areas for 30 months.


EPA abandons investigation into fracking pollution

A draft 2011 study by EPA blamed frackers for groundwater contamination in Wyoming. But EPA is now dropping the research, to the industry's delight.

Climate & Energy

Indonesia to seed clouds, try to put out huge plantation fires

The palm-oil industry has set Indonesian forests ablaze, causing horrendous air pollution. Indonesia is trying to trigger rain to douse the flames.