The best environmental blogs: A to EcoRazzi


It’s been a long road, fraught with botched triple salchows, flesh-colored wardrobe malfunctions, and ice-shattering “Why me”s, but we are finally ready to share with you the enviro blog reviews from the first quarter of the alphabet.

Remember that any blogs that don’t allow comments, post infrequently, or are attached to an official news organization, were disqualified.

Honorable mentions:

Tired of that anti-chicken little who rants on 6th and Main everyday that the sky is not thickening? A Few Things Ill Considered has a very thorough How to Talk to a Global Warming Skeptic section.

Two sites that made me venture out of my bug-hugging mindset:

The Commons Blog, a free-market environmentalism blog named after Garrett Hardin’s essay “The Tragedy of the Commons” (isn’t that kind of like naming a book on heartbreak Love and then crediting inspiration for the title to the J. Geils Band song “Love Stinks”?). I can’t buy the argument here, which is that private ownership of land inspires stewardship of that land’s resources (which resources are we talking about? trees? precious metals? flat, houseworthy lots?). But there’s a long suggested reading list and a footnoted overview of free-market environmentalism which I found interesting.

EcoGeek, a well-designed blog that reports on technological advances that help the environment. Reading about a plankton-and-dissolved-oxygen-powered submarine, a hand dryer that blows at 400mph, and a Japanese rail line powered by commuters’ footsteps, makes my heart brimmeth over for Homo sapiens.

And the three who will advance to the next round?

Cut Oil Imports
A pro-alternative energy blog that frames the need for alt energy as an economic and national security concern. Opinionated commentary that usually links to more than one article/book. The best thing is that the blog is a part of an entire site that discusses the importance of alt energy, proposes detailed solutions, and offers tips to the individual consumer.

A gutsy, well-informed blog started by a PR professional that “exists to clear the PR pollution that is clouding the science on climate change.” There is a team of writers, each with his/her own blog; I found Jim Hoggins’ (the founder) posts most compelling.

City Hippy
The green magazine that’s got it together.

(Reviewed today:)

A Few Things Ill Considered
African American Environmentalist Association
Alternative Energy Blog
Alternative Energy – Renewable Energy
Another Chance to See
City Hippy
Clean Air Watch
Climate Science
Commons Blog
Cut Oil Imports
Dave’s Blog

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