The Top 10 Environmental Blogs? Outside Magazine’s Weird List

Oustside magazine has just posted its “Top Ten Environmental Blogs,” and while those listed are very good, there are some omissions that are, in my opinion, well, glaring. Two of the very best environmental blogs, ones which ought to be at, or certainly near, the top of the list, do not even appear on it. Those would be Joe Romm’s Climate Progress and Brad Johnson’s ThinkProgress Green. I will resist the temptation to comment further on Outside’s list, but would be curious to hear feedback from readers of “Say What?”about your favorites.


The Top 10 Environmental Blogs According to Outside

The best environmental blogs, from one-sided political commentators to prolific aggregators and reporters breaking news.

The 10 Best Environmental Blogs

If you think navigating a thick forest using a map and compass is hard, just try making a strategic internet strike to get the latest news on, say, deforestation. You’ll find yourself 20 clicks and 30 minutes deep before you remember that you didn’t come here to discover the hottest eco-inspired baby names. Which is to say, the world of environmental blogs could use some curation. Toward that end, here are ten (well, 11) bookmark-worthy blogs that offer consistently noteworthy, compelling reportage on the environment.It wasn’t an easy list to whittle down, and your own personal favorite may be missing. HuffPost Green, for example, has certainly bolstered its editorial staff and original content, but it’s still a challenge to find and focus on the news amid an onslaught of celebrity posts and OMG headlines. Here are some more honorable mentions: Time’s Ecocentric, which does a good job covering business and energy; RealClimate’s commentary, a blog written by working climate scientists that is can’t miss for climate nerds; Civil Eats, if food is your thing; and Streetsblog, which obsessively covers transportation and planning.The sites we list each cover a range of topics. None are comprehensive, but together they’ll keep you on target as you wend your way through the so-called green blogosphere.10. Grist and Treehugger (Tie)
9. OnEarth Blog
8. The Guardian: Environment Blog
7. Discovery News: Earth
6. High Country News: The Goat
5. The Cleanest Line
4. The New York Times: Dot Earth
3. Mother Jones: Blue Marble
2. Yale Environment 360
1. The New York Times: Green



About Scott Brophy
Scott Brophy is a philosophy professor whose work is focused on the intersection of philosophy and public policy, especially on environmental issues, law, and education. He has also taught philosophy of science, logic, and the history of philosophy. He has served as a consultant for educational programs and schools throughout the U.S. and abroad, and as an adviser to several philanthropic foundations.

One Response to The Top 10 Environmental Blogs? Outside Magazine’s Weird List

  1. Why split the NYTimes blogs but not the Grist ones? Seems kinda arbitrary to me.

    But anyway, I’d add Dave Roberts’ Grist blog. Also, I’d add Brad Plumer from Ezra Klein’s Wonkblog.

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