John Upton

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


As world marches against Monsanto, senators protect it from labeling laws

Food activists in hundreds of cities around the world turned out Saturday to protest against Monsanto. So far, Capitol Hill isn't getting the message.

Climate & Energy

Fracking accident leaks benzene into Colorado stream

Benzene levels soared in a Colorado creek after a natural gas facility spilled hundreds of barrels of natural gas liquid. So why haven't those responsible been fined?

Climate & Energy

Arctic base evacuated as ice dissolves beneath researchers’ feet

With an emergency rescue underway, Russia's 70-year tradition of placing research stations atop floating chunks of Arctic ice could be over.

Climate & Energy

Support for climate action is the new normal in U.S.

Most Americans support efforts to boost green energy and combat global warming, though exuberance for climate action numbed a little over winter.


American meat labeling laws bolstered; Canadians indignant

You're about to get a whole lot of information about where your meat came from. Which displeases the Canadians, who say Americans discriminate against their livestock.


Connecticut Senate passes GMO-labeling bill

A similar bill is advancing in Maine. But the states are moving cautiously, afraid of triggering lawsuits from the food and ag industry.

Climate & Energy

New Energy Secretary Moniz is all about energy efficiency

Efficiency needs to move "way, way up in our priorities," Moniz said in his first speech as secretary. He's also been meeting with lawmakers to advance energy-efficiency legislation.

Business & Technology

Federal officials hampering Texas fertilizer explosion investigation

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board is trying to figure out why a fertilizer plant exploded last month, but the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is getting in the way.


House votes to take Keystone decision out of Obama’s hands

The GOP-dominated House has passed yet another bill to speed up approval of the Keystone XL pipeline -- but it'll never become law.