John Upton

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

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Oregon bans some insecticides following bee deaths

After 50,000 bumblebees were wiped out by pesticide spraying, Oregon decided to outlaw use of the offending products for six months.

Obama in Cape Town

U.S. will help electrify Africa, but will the energy be clean or dirty?

President Obama has launched a new Power Africa initiative to bring more electricity to the continent, but the details are fuzzy.


Chinese wind power company charged with stealing American trade secrets

The U.S. Justice Department accuses the Chinese company of "corporate homicide" for stealing software from a U.S. company, leading to the loss of 500 jobs and $800 million.

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Centuries worth of CO2 emissions could be stored underground, but at what cost?

America's geologic basins might be able to hold 500 years worth of emissions, but it would be really tricky and pricey to make it happen.

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In win for fish, oil companies allowed to abandon old rigs

Offshore drilling rigs serve as artificial reefs, creating habitat for fish, so fisherman and enviros pushed for rule changes that would let some rigs be left in place.


U.S. and World Bank might stop financing dirty coal plants

President Obama says the U.S. should stop funding coal power plants abroad, and the World Bank is moving in the same direction.

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Americans are more worried about North Korean nukes than climate change

A survey found that Americans are less likely than other people around the world to be concerned about global warming. But we do fret about Islamic terrorists, Iran, and North Korea.

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Will dumping Australia’s climate-savvy prime minister help the climate?

Australia's Labor Party ousted Julia Gillard as prime minister, replacing her with Kevin Rudd, in a desperate bid to win the upcoming election.


EPA tells Ohio to stop keeping fracking secrets from first responders

Ohio lets energy companies keep emergency-management officials in the dark about the fracking chemicals they use. The EPA says that has to stop.