How well does the blogosphere cover environmental issues? Right now there’s a bit of debate about that. Personally I think it’s off to a good start you just need to know where to look. And I have a great new resource to recommend for environmental weblogs…
On May 20, Jeff McIntire-Strasburg wrote in Sustainablog about how he thinks the most popular political weblogs should be covering environmental issues more.
To be honest, I don’t read political blogs very often, so I don’t have an opinion on whether they could or should be doing more on the environmental front. However, on May 30, Dave Roberts wrote in Gristmill that he agrees that ” in general, the bigtime political blogosphere neglects environmental issues. This is a lamentable state of affairs.” Roberts outlines several possible reasons for this definitely worth a read.
Now, I’ve been covering environmental and energy issues for well over a decade. During that time I’ve also worked extensively with the Society of Environmental Journalists an excellent group which offers its members and the public a broad array of resources on environmental journalism and issues.
Very recently SEJ debuted its list of recommended environmental weblogs. This list was created through suggestions from SEJ members and others, and selections were made by board members Tim Wheeler and Christy George. There are dozens of first-rate resources on this list. If your interested in environmental issues and want to be exposed to a broad range of issues and perspectives, check out this list.
Most of the blogs and other items on this list offer webfeeds which allow you to receive instant updates of new items.
If you want a big daily dose of environmental news and views from the blogosphere, check out the Enviroblogs Blogdigger Group I set up to accompany the SEJ blogs list. This provides one-stop-shopping for all the blogs and sites on that SEJ list which offer feeds. From there, you can also download all of those feed subscriptions in the form of an OPML file which you can then import into your feed reader if you prefer to read them that way.
I’d be interested to hear your comments on how the blogosphere is covering the environment. What are its strengths, weaknesses, obsessions, and blind spots in this regard?