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Top 10 Climate Change Blogs 2017
Climate change. It’s a hot topic regularly debated on the news. Scientists, for the most part, agree that the world’s climate is going through a dramatic change. The real debate centers over why it is happening, and what can be done about it.
The phenomena of climate change was first discovered in the early 19th century. It was during this time that ice ages and a multitude of other changes were going on. Several theories came about to offer an explanation. In the early 1990s, the scientific community came to the conclusion that greenhouse gases were to blame for this, and humans were causing this warming to occur.
Sifting through the arguments of whether the data is being construed in the right way can be a challenge as difficult as flying without wings. Luckily, the Internet has a plethora of information available to anyone with a connection. However, this comes with another challenge of finding information that isn’t just correct, but reliable.
Luckily, there’s help out there. Several blogs are dedicated to climate change and the ways in which the world can be saved. A climate change blog is the best way to get information to the masses, and the following list is made up of the best out there. Put on your super hero capes and take a look at this roundup of the top 10 climate change blogs. Please note that these blogs are in no particular order.
Earth Right Now
When it comes to science, the folks at NASA have more than enough reputation to build off of. They not only put a man on the moon, but they’re pretty much the best when it comes to monitoring what’s going on with our planet. This blog is a regularly updated bank of knowledge that deals with every issue about climate change. There are facts available if you’re having trouble understanding something. There are solutions on how to help make our planet last longer. Basically, this is the most well-rounded of the blogs out there, and NASA is one of the most trustworthy when it comes to science.
Again, these are the same people who put a man on the moon. You can trust anything they put out there.
Shell Climate Change
One of the worst perpetrators of expediting climate change is the oil industry. You might think that Shell might be the enemy of climate change for this reason, but that isn’t necessarily the case. David Hone, the chief climate change advisor to Shell Company, maintains this gem. Clicking through the links, there are multiple posts about what’s happening with climate change. Want to know exactly what’s in the Paris Agreement that President Trump pulled out of? What about the hydrogen refueling stations? All of that and more are in this blog. This is hands-down one of the most educational blogs when it comes to popular events in the news.
The Climate Change Reality Project
This blog comes from a conversation between former United States Vice President Al Gore and Nobel Laureate, who founded The Climate Change Reality Project. This nonprofit organization is made up of a diverse group of people from all walks of life. Its sole purpose is to solve the greatest challenge of our lifetime: global warming and climate change. There are multiple postings a week about ways the climate is changing and ways to help. A recent one even shows how local governments can help tackle the problem.
When you’re reading about climate change, you hear a lot about scientists who remain nameless and faceless. This blog comes directly from them. It’s a team of scientists who put forward posts about climate change. These are the experts, and they have the most intimate knowledge of climate change. They take recently published information and explain it so that the masses can understand it. They offer many wonderful suggestions about how to help the planet, and they have a sense of humor, too. If you want to know what the scientific community is thinking (despite what the media says) this is the blog for you.
You know that saying, “Every little bit helps”? This little gem is a testament to that. Written by moms who want to spread the word on how everyone can get in on the planet saving action, the target audience is any person who wants to help. For example, there’s information on a letter writing campaign to get stores to keep doors closed during sales. It seems like such a small thing, but it can make a big difference. There is information available about action campaigns and how to get involved on a local, state and national level.
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is a firm that focuses on audit and assurance, tax and consulting services. You may know them best as the people who count the ballots for The Oscars. Through their partners, this company stretches serious muscles when it comes to sustainability. Climate change has been on United States companies’ minds for decades now, and several have implemented sustainability programs to be certain that the carbon footprint the company leaves behind is minimal. PwC is one of the best at it. Their clients are international juggernauts who not only have success in the business world, but also want to know they are leaving behind a cleaner world than they found for the next generation. This blog shows how international businesses are coming together to make the world better, and it’s full of informative ways that big business isn’t the evil monster some would like to portray them as.
Climate Policy Blog: An American Meteorological Society Project
This blog has been around for a little over a decade. It is a team site built by the American Meteorological Society. Founded in 1919 by Charles Franklin Brooks of the Blue Hill Observatory in Milton, Massachusetts, the group strives to advance atmospheric and related sciences, technologies, services and applications for the better of society. One of their biggest concerns centers around climate change and the science behind the phenomena. The blog is exceptionally well-written, with posts as plainly spoken as possible to make the incredibly complex issues surrounding climate change understandable – no matter your scientific training (or lack thereof). They cite their sources, which is helpful when it comes to not only understanding the issues, but also when discussing them. There is also a handy list of other blogs that cover similar material, which is where you’ll find the next blog on our list.
Get Energy Smart! NOW!
This might sound a bit alarmist, but in reality this blog is a good place to go for ideas on a sustainable future. Those wind and solar energy projects of the Obama administration are all over this blog, produced in informative posts with graphics that drive the topics home. It takes soundbites from politicians, and presents the true science behind misquotes and misinterpretation of the findings. It has ways to make schools greener, suggestions for ways to collect and use water runoff, and the true costs behind commuting to work every day. While this blog is highly political, it seems that today the only people being given true air time are the politicians making policy about climate change.
The DeSmog Blog
Speaking of the PR surrounding climate change, The DeSmog Blog has become its champion. Beginning in 2006, it quickly became a staple for climate change information from anyone looking for accurate information on the topic. In 2001, it was voted one of TIME Magazine’s 25 Best Blogs of 2011. It’s run by Jim Hoggan and Brendan DeMelle. Hoggan is one of Canada’s best public relations specialists, while DeMelle has served as a research associate for Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. His work has been published in several noteworthy publications, like Vanity Fair and Huffington Post. This team understands that there is a massive PR attack on climate change, using the very same tricks that were invented for the tobacco lobby. They argue that this campaign is seeking to confuse the public to forestall policies being put into place that might cut into the coal, oil and gas industry’s profits. DeSmog works to counter that campaign with one of their own to bring forward the techniques and tactics that are considered “hitting below the belt” in the PR industry.
A Few Things Ill Considered
Have you ever come across a climate skeptic and tried to debate them? If you have, then you understand what it means that you have to learn to talk to them about climate change and the science behind it. A Few Things Ill Considered actually ran a long campaign about this very subject. Consisting of more than 60 articles, the series explains how to further dialogue between those who are in denial about global warming and its implications. Founded in 2006, A Few Things Ill Considered is a staple amongst those who want to find out the latest in climate change.
In conclusion, this list is made up of only a handful of blogs. There are countless others, hidden beneath the layers of the Internet. Do you have a favourite climate change blog that isn’t listed on here? Share it. People are always in need of good, reliable information about a complex subject as climate change. It's a problem that is not going away any time soon, but until policy is put into place, these blogs offer some helpful suggestions and useful information on how you can help.
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