John Upton

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


Bill aims to tackle climate-caused health problems

Legislation in Congress tries to get the U.S. ready for an onslaught of climate-related maladies. It won't pass, but it's a nice effort.

Climate & Energy

Manhattan to see more killer heat waves

Climate change is expected to boost the number of deaths in New York City's most densely populated borough, a new study finds.

Business & Technology

More than 100,000 electric vehicles now on the roads in U.S.

Sales of the Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model S helped the industry reach this milestone. Meanwhile, Tesla plans to repay a government loan nine years early.

Business & Technology

Nation’s biggest uranium mine planned in New Mexico

Companies from Japan and Canada want to build the mine on land held sacred by Native Americans, and the U.S. Forest Service may just say OK.

Climate & Energy

BP, Shell, Statoil accused of fixing oil prices

European officials have raided the oil companies' offices, and now a U.S. senator wants an investigation launched on this side of the pond.

Climate & Energy

BP wants U.S. government to reduce court-ordered oil-spill payouts

BP says it shouldn't have to pay so much to help companies hurt by the Deepwater Horizon spill. It wants the U.K. government to ask the U.S. government for help.


New York Times editorial calls for Obama to get moving on climate

The Gray Lady wants the president to hurry up and take executive action to fight global warming, because Congress obviously isn't going to do anything.

Climate & Energy

Huge tar-sands waste pile grows alongside Detroit River

Refining Canadian tar-sands oil creates mountains of filthy black waste, as the residents of Detroit are discovering. Other American communities can look forward to the same.


California grocery chain turns food waste into electricity

Kroger has plans to feed food waste to bacteria, where it will be anaerobically digested in a vat to release methane to create energy.