John Upton

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

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.


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.