What are the best environmental blogs in the world? It’s hard to pin down definitively.
For a start, there are many facets to the environment and sustainability. And many blogs that focus on a particular niche – on areas like climate, business, design, and food.
Then you need to consider online magazines. There are many good ones that are progressive in their slant (like Upworthy.) Or more mainstream – like National Geographic. Plus there are some major science platforms like Scientific American. All these media platforms have separate environmental sections. Whilst they’re still essentially media platforms, their environmental sections often have a blog look and feel to them.
Add to the mix other ways of considering green blogs. Like the big advocacy groups (like Greenpeace) with their own commentary-type blogs and academic institutions (like Yale) with research-based blogs.
You can see blogs come in all in all shapes and sizes.
Layered on top of all this is the thorny issue of what makes a ‘best environmental blog’ anyway?
The simple factors we used included: Are they well regarded? Are they well written? Are they based on solid research? Are they ongoing (i.e. they haven’t suddenly stopped?) Are they just plain interesting?
We’ve had a really good go at pulling together the best of them below. We’ve done it by doing a fair bit of research and by asking for recommendations from environmental leaders and our own green connections.
It’s not an exact science, we know. If you have recommendations please let us know – by posting in the Comments in the end. We welcome genuine suggestions.
To start with here are some distinctive green blogs that post across a wide range of issues to do with the environment and sustainability –
(Yep, that’s us. We’re small but aiming to be amongst the best.)
Here are those broader online media platforms with specialist environmental sections –
Progressive / online magazines
Traditional / mainstream magazines
Big news services, of course, do stories on the environment. As well as straight news, some have interesting environmental blogs and commentary that compliments their environmental news –
(We’re also writing a separate, wider compilation of ‘Best environmental news outlets’. Stay tuned.)
There are some specialist online science mags that have environmental sections. These are some of the more notable –
Following are blogs based in academia and academic research.
Some key universities with environmental institutes that have blogs include –
The most notable academic journal is –
The Conversation is written by academics but designed to be more like an online magazine – to appeal to a wider audience. Here’s their environment section by region –
If you’re after a very specific topic you can also search for academic papers in Google Scholar.
A number of the major environmental advocacy groups have their own blogs –
Now to the niches. Here are the best environmental blogs by different field –
Architecture, Building and Design
The Cleanest Line (Patagonia’s blog)
Finally, there are some great writers who have dedicated themselves to regularly posting about serious environmental matters. Here are our favourites. These guys have their own blog or they write commentary for respected media outlets –
Best environmental blogs – your say
Have we missed anyone? You can post a name or link to a great environmental blog in the Comments below. (We’re not after self-promotion here! Genuine suggestions welcome.)