Saturday, March 15, 2008

Your guide to eco blogs

The Top 50 Eco Blogs


When it comes to the green debate, the blogosphere is, frankly, a scary place. With opinions ranging from the wise to the wacky, gaining an understanding of the current issues and debates can be an exhausting affair.

The sheer diversity of the groups is staggering; some sites offer a new perspective through complex analysis of climate change science, while others undertake to make sense of the problem via the medium of poetry.

Did we manage to find the best? Well, we hope so - but if you've think we've missed any out, please leave us a comment and we'll take a look.

1. The must-reads

Grist MillThe green blog from the other side of the pond. Grist Mill has dozens of posts a day, a veritable army of contributors and is as happy number crunching as it is doing the fun stuff. A must-RSS.

Treehugger Bringing environmental issues to the mainstream, Treehugger has been described as a “green CNN”, and is determined to be one of the most professional and popular green blogs. Posts such as How to Green Your Sex Life ensure that no aspect of environmental living is left unexplored.

Digg/EnvironmentAnother must-RSS, this news gathering blog brings you in the main environmental stories from the States. You can also see which posts were the most popular in the past day, week, month and year. Just in case you're wondering, a post on big holes was the third most popular.

The Sietch BlogProof that ‘eco warriors’ need not be humourless party poopers, the Sietch Blog is the voice of the Sietch Community ('A community of friends changing the world for the better'). It presents serious information and analysis, as well as light-hearted stories, such as the bicycle forklift.

CelsiasThis well designed blog is high on posts but low on opinionated comment, making it a great place to read about green issues and make up your own mind. Direct action is in the form of the odd 'open letter' such as this one to Hillary Clinton

2. The news blogs

Climate Debate DailyFrom the makers of Arts & Letters Daily, Climate Debate Daily claims to offer a new way to understand disputes about global warming. It rounds up news and gives equal voice to the dissenters and the activists and as such is a great place to go for varying interpretations of the latest happenings.

Dot EarthThis New York Times blog has lots of news reports on the effects of rising population and limited resources. Posts such as Making Fuel From Air link to the latest scientific research.
Hugg 2.0Hugg allows people to upload stories themselves; you ‘Hugg’ the stories you find useful, and browse the directory to find out what interests other green readers. You may need to do some sifting to find genuinely interesting posts, however.

Guardian Unlimited - Climate Change blogTakes you behind the headlines with wide ranging posts: from 'Where's our renewables revolution?' which accuses the government of being all talk and no action, to 'Watching the offsetters' which asks whether a voluntary code of conduct make us any more confident when choosing a carbon offset scheme.

In BalanceA British blog which looks at current issues such as carbon tax, ethical funds and whether a Hummer uses less energy than a Prius.

3. Policy, economics and energy
Common TragediesAn American perspective on the economic impact of climate change from research assistants at Resources for the Future.

Energy OutlookA meaty blog written by energy consultant Geoffrey Styles. Interesting posts look at the effect of a US recession on gasoline demand and how measuring a car's fuel consumption per dollar, rather than per gallon, might make us think about our travelling habits more.

Transition CultureThis blog looks at reskilling as a way to survive past the end of the oil age. The writer has studied and taught permaculture (the practice of creating horticulture practices that are in tune with nature and hence permanent). And he's found a new, efficient way to peel an egg.

Off GridPartly activist and partly dedicated to saving the planet and money, Off Grid does what it says on the tin. Find out how to eco-pimp your home and drop off the grid.

EnviroWonk Sister of gadget site EcoGeek, EnviroWonk takes a look at US politics and international environmental policy. A recent post of note is this one referring to that small matter of elections in America, asking 'how oily is your candidate?'

4. The scientists
Real ClimateRun by working climate scientists, the Real Climate blog offers a level of expertise that can make it a little daunting (see, for example, Tropical cyclone history - part II: Paleotempestology still in its infancy). However, the site benefits by having talented scientists write for those with little scientific knowledge, and the explanations have a level of credibility that many other blogs lack, so it's a great place to gen up.

StoatCertainly a unique voice in environmental blogging, William M. Connolley manages to take a lighter approach to climate change science.

Logical ScienceLots of science-based innovations offering potential solutions to the eco problem.
Skeptical ScienceA website dedicated to looking at and debunking the arguments of sceptics. It is great for refuting typical arguments, such as 'It’s freaking cold!'. We particularly love the skeptic-ometer.

5. The macro activists

GreenpeaceIt would be foolish not to mention one of the biggest names in environmental activism here. While the organisation has been criticised for various reasons with varying degrees of legitimacy, there is no denying it is hugely influential, and its weblog keeps one well aware of issues.

Green Girls GlobalWhen the lauded and much missed eco blog City Hippy ended in 2006, former editor Vicky decided to form a new blog to discuss ethical and environmental issues. That her fellow founding editors were female lead to the blog name, but male readers should not worry too much, a Green Guys Global launched last year for male guest writers and editors.

De Smog BlogSet up by Jim Hoggan, the president of a leading Canadian PR firm, De Smog Blog’s aim is to "clear the PR pollution that is clouding the science on climate change". Updated regularly throughout the day.

The UnsuitablogSeeks to name and shame companies engaging in environmental hypocrisy. Check out the ‘subvertising’ gallery for advertising campaigns altered to expose environmental hypocrites.

6. The micro activists

Green Jelly BeanA site dedicated to rounding up green events, eco campaigns and the practicalities of an individual trying to live a greener existence. Rather focused on Norfolk.
The Hedge Wizards DiaryThe entertaining story of a family's move to the country and their attempt to move into the 'post Peak Oil era'. How to fetch poo, anyone?

Alice in BloglandA personal, quirky site that focuses on a variety of issues, touching frequently upon green issues in a readable, and often humorous way. As she says herself, her blog is a collection of 'ramblings on allotments, trying to be green, goldfish, direct action and her neighbour's recalcitrant cat'.

7. Ways to live greener

Hippy ShopperBilled as a 'guide to ethical consumerism', this blog aims to promote sustainable consumption with sections on fashion, food and drink, green gadgets and health and beauty. As it’s unlikely any of us are really going to start consuming less in today’s purchase-driven culture, this site could prove useful. See posts such as 'Sainsbury's makes clothes from own waste' and 'Apple introduces recycling scheme', on Omeag 5 oil.

How can I recycle this?The clue is in the title – tips for recycling a massive variety of wasted items, such as train tickets, styrofoam containers, or floppy disk boxes. Send in your own requests or ideas too.

The Green Thing BlogEncourages members to do a different “green thing” every month, and tells the community about the results. Here's a very convincing argument for walking.

Eco StreetA blog offering inventive yet practical ways for people to reduce their carbon footprint, as well as interesting news on the subject. Find out how to recycle a washing machine drum into a cool Ottoman and find out why women are greener drivers than men

The City FixExploring the future of urban growth and planning with an emphasis on sustainable outcomes such as Ikea cars and why bus passengers in Kilmarnock will be able to pay their fare with used cooking oil.

Plane StupidA blog (and also, amazingly, a group in real life) dedicated to exposing the ecological shortcomings of the airline industry. That shouldn't be too difficult.

Eco WorrierOK, so it's a spot of shameless promotion for another Times Online blog, but Eco Worrier is a great place to find greener ways to consume. Check out posts such as 'Ten Fairtrade products you didn't know existed' and 'what to do with unwanted shoes'

8. The sceptics

World Climate ReportBilling itself as the “Web’s Longest Running Climate Change Blog”, World Climate Report takes the position that global warming is occurring, but its results will be far, far less dramatic then has been supposed.

Climate ResistanceA site actively involved in standing up for climate change sceptics, Climate Resistance puts its points across eloquently and is not afraid to stand up to the Grists of this world. As they put it themselves, 'Neither the science nor the politics of climate change should be exempt from scrutiny'.

Climate AuditA site taking an in-depth look at climate change data, this sceptical site (which holds issue with some of the data from climate change, but does not make the argument that climate change is a myth) is a heavy read for those without scientific knowledge, but a great way to see the details of the debate. Think graphs, maps and snapshots from space.

William M. BriggsThe site of US-based statistician Briggs, who seeks to question and evaluate the data involved in climate change theories, ultimately coming to quite different conclusions. Don't approach unless you're very comfortable with numbers. Check out statistics' dirtiest secret
Václav KlausFrom the president of the Czech Republic who says that 'environmentalism is a religion'. He collects together writings and speeches of famous and influential sceptics. Not the most updated of blogs, but Klaus has a country to run, so we'll let him off.

9. Eco inventions

Eco GeekA look at innovations in green technology. Even those that don't work, such as this exploding wind turbine.

Eco FriendEco Friend largely looks at environmentally-aware inventions, such as the solar powered lighter, or the water powered calculator. How much use some of them are is another matter. We love this handy incredible solar powered digital survivor kit

10. Celebrity-earth love-ins

EcorazziTaking the spirit of celeb rag Heat to eco-issues, this site looks at celeb gossip from the perspective of the green community. Think 'Prince Charles officially bans foie gras', plus what Heather Mills and George Clooney have to do with the green debate.

DH love lifeOne shouldn’t be put off by the celebrity (DH stands for Daryl Hannah in case you didn’t realise) - this site is well designed and well-informed: there's a news section and videos on a range of subjects from bio diesel to vegan junk food. Oh, and Hannah has fairly good eco credentials herself, having built her own house out of sustainable materials. She was also arrested in 2006 for protesting the demolition of an urban farm in LA.

11. The politicos

Al Gore He needs no introduction, but his blog could do with a few more posts. Still, Al Gore's blog is a great way to keep up with the world's Green Superhero.

Jonathon PorrittWriter, campaigner and environmentalist Porritt is getting in there with the online debate. (Not too sure about the picture at the top of his blog though - you don't see Daryl Hannah doing that, do you?)

Sian BerryThe Green Party’s candidate for London Mayor has a blog over at the New Statesman, which is a must-read for envionmentally-conscious Londoners.

12. The environment in art, pictures and essays

Nasa's earth observatoryOK, so not strictly speaking a blog (and unfortunately out of action at the time of publishing this post) this is THE place to go for your fix of satellite pictures of the weird planet we call home.

Nexus 6Most notable for its cartoons, this blog takes a frequently absurd look at climate change, government refusal, and sceptics. No postings since February 13th though - where are you Nexus 6?

Horatio Algeranon’s Anonymusing TalesOne of the more bizarre entries on this list – this blog mixes science and poetry (To emit, or not to emit?) the subject of global warming.

Planet ArkMore rolling news in pictures than blog, Planet Ark takes a feed of Reuters' environmental pictures. The images are a graphic reminder of the changes taking place.

The Earth BlogErrs on the side of tree-hugging environmental extremism, but has 'essays helping people to make a better future', and lots of useful links to other sites.

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NEW YORK (CNN) -- For those who can't get enough of New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's sex scandal, Sirius Satellite Radio has launched "Client 9 Radio," a channel dedicated to covering all aspects of the Spitzer saga.

New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's prostitution scandal has spawned its own satellite radio station.

The new station began broadcasting at 5 p.m. ET Friday, the company announced.
Programming will continue only till midnight on Monday, a statement from Sirius said.
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In documents associated with the investigation, the governor is identified as "Client 9."
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