New York Times spikes the Green Blog
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The New York Times' motto is "All the news that's fit to print". A few years ago they might have added "all the news that's fit to blog" as they tried to move into the Internet. Now it appears that environmental issues don't even make that cut; they have now spiked their green blog, noting:
The Times is discontinuing the Green blog, which was created to track environmental and energy news and to foster lively discussion of developments in both areas. This change will allow us to direct production resources to other online projects. But we will forge ahead with our 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.
Andy Revkin, formerly their top environmental writer, isn't pleased, writing in his blog that there appears to be a lot of time and money for other blogs:
The news side of The Times has nine sports blogs; nine spanning fashion, lifestyles, health, dining and the like; four business blogs; four technology blogs (five if you include automobiles as a technology); and a potpourri of other great efforts, with four of my favorites being the Learning Network blog, Scientist at Work, the IHT Rendezvous blog on global news and Lens, run by the paper’s photo staff. You can tour the paper’s blogosphere here.
I would like to have thought there was space for the environment in that mix...
Needless to say, as an environmental blogger, this is not happy news. But as was noted in Apparently nobody cares about the environment anymore, interest in environmental issues is on the decline across the board.
Or maybe it's that nobody cares about the New York Times anymore.