After posting 5,364 environmental news articles and becoming a major portal for the world to connect to sustainable ideas, the New York Times has said farewell to its Green Blog. All that remains of a once leading news source is a simple twitter feed of Green Blog voices where those of us who still long to keep up with clean tech innovations can catch a glimmer of what once was. But a few tweets from the journalists who used to provide us with our daily dose of green news sadly won’t be able to compensate for the tremendous loss felt by the blog’s many admirers and readers.
“From a logistical standpoint, the shutdown of Green was probably inevitable once the environment desk was closed in January. The two editors have new duties, and a blog (as I know too well) is a lot of work,” writes Andrew C. Revkin on the New York Times Opinion page.
In a briefly worded addendum on their site, the New York Times bid adieu to its blog stating that they will forge ahead with their aggressive reporting on environmental and energy topics, including climate change, land use, threatened ecosystems, government policy, the fossil fuel industries, the growing renewables sector and consumer choices.
Curtis Brainard, contributor to the Columbia Journalism Review, expressed his disdain for the departure by criticizing the publication on the move. In his article, Brainard argues: “The Green blog was a crucial platform for stories that didn’t fit into the print edition’s already shrunken news hole—which is a lot on the energy and environment beat—and it was a place where reporters could add valuable to context and information to pieces that did make the paper.”