John Upton

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

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.

Politics

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.

Food

Rampaging pig virus may raise pork prices

Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus is spreading throughout farms in the U.S. Not only does it sound disgusting; it is disgusting.

Cities

Study: Trees save at least a life a year in each of 10 major U.S. cities

Urban trees suck up soot and other kinds of fine particulate pollution, and that helps keep us healthy and alive, researchers find.

Politics

China warns it will execute serious polluters

The country is cracking down on polluters whose activities harm or kill others, and it's willing to impose the harshest possible penalty.

Food

Buzzkill: Huge bee die-off in Oregon parking lot blamed on insecticide spraying

An estimated 25,000 bumblebees were killed in a Target parking lot after landscapers sprayed blooming trees with insecticide. Happy Pollinator Week!

Cities

Seattle adopts plan for going carbon neutral — but will pot growers get in the way?

The city aims to cut net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050. But energy-sucking indoor marijuana operations could throw the effort off course.