What is a Green Blog?There is no clear line between blogs and many other web-based information channels. Many lists of "blogs" on the web include a lot of sites that are not blogs in any useful sense of the word. So here is a new, focused list of green blogs.
It does not include sites that are purely news channels or the web presences of news or trade magazines. It emphasizes blogs that are not commercial projects with paid staff. It also emphasizes blogs with information of interest to businesses, so it is light on lifestyle blogs.
That said, here is my subjective list of the green blogs (in English) that are most worth reading. I follow many of these for Daily Green Brief.
Please use the comment panel below to add your suggestions, complaints and corrections.
List of Green Blogs
|CleanTechies blog||Part of the CleanTechies portal|
|CleanTechnica||Part of the Important Media network|
|Climate Progress||Politics; a project of the Center for American Progress Action Fund|
|Daily Green Brief|
|Doc's Green Blog||With bay area events list|
|Eco-Libris blog||Eco-Libris greens the publishing industry|
|EcoGeek||Apps and hardware|
|George Monbiot's blog||Carried in The Guardian|
|GigaOM Cleantech||Formerly earth2tech|
|Green Building Elements||Part of the Important Media network|
|Green Prophet||Middle East|
|Greenspace blog||Part of the Los Angeles Times|
|Guardian Environment blog||Part of The Guardian|
|Huffington Post green blog|
|ICIS Green Chemicals||Chemicals industry|
|Idaho Samizdat: Nuke Notes||Nuclear|
|Marc Gunther's blog|
|Mongabay||Tropical forests, conservation, and wildlife|
|New York Times Dot Earth blog||Part of the New York Times opinion section; Andrew Revkin's column|
|New York Times Green blog||Part of The New York Times science section|
|One Block Off The Grid Blog||Solar; 1BOG is a solar group purchasing site|
|Planetsave||Part of the Important Media network|
|Reuters Environment blog||Part of Thompson Reuters|
|Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog|
|SolveClimate||Blog and news aggregator|
|Switchboard||Staff blog of the Natural Resources Defense Council|
|The Oil Drum||Fossil fuels|
|The Wonk Room -- Climate||Politics; a project of the Center for American Progress Action Fund|
|TriplePundit||Both blog-type posts and items by staff writers|
|Watts Up With That?||"green" climate skeptic|
|Yale Environment 360||"a publication of the Yale School of Forestry
& Environmental Studies"
The World of Green BlogsBlogs come in many flavors.
- Some are personal, independent projects (like this one).
- Some are still personal, but have sponsors. An example is Joseph Romm's Climate Progress, a project of The Center for American Progress Action Fund.
- Some that were started as blogs have become elaborate corporate web portals, like Treehugger, owned by Discovery Communications.
- Others, while part of corporate web systems, have maintained their informal, lightly edited, community-oriented blog character, such as Autoblog Green, which is owned by AOL Inc.
- Many "blogs" are run by mainstream media companies such as The New York Times or The Guardian. They are more like columns than blogs. Nonetheless I have included some of them in the list.
- Some have grown from personal into entrepreneurial enterprises as their proprietors struggle to find ways to make them pay.
- Some are aggregators, like Matter Network, an "alliance of web publishers".
Green Blog DirectoriesThere are several directories of green blogs, but of varying quality.
- technorati has a separate green directory where blogs are ranked automatically using the site's "authority" metric. There are a lot of non-blogs in the list, and some quality blogs have inexplicably low scores (e.g. George Monbiot with a green score of 116). But in general the blogs are ranked in a way that seems to correspond to their real value.
- Alternative Energy News maintains the Energy Planet renewable energy directory. It has all sorts of green sites, not just blogs.
- Green Blog List exists, but its search function doesn't seem to work.
- Best Green Blogs seems no longer to be accepting free listings. Many top blogs not listed (e.g. Autoblog Green).
- The Open Directory Project, and the directories based on it, and many other directories, don't have a home for green. Green blogs are widely scattered. For instance Grist is under "Science: Environment: News and Media" while George Monbiot's blog is under "Regional: Europe: United Kingdom: News and Media: Journalists" and Climate Progress is under "Society: Issues: Environment: Climate Change". Many of the blogs in my list do not appear in dmoz at all. This is why I thought this list would be useful.
(By the way, check out the ongoing Green Business Blog Carnival fostered by Sustainablog and the team at Triple Pundit.)
Other blogs of interest: