By Mark Campbell, GreenGreenGreen Editor
Why doesn’t the media report the truth about the climate crisis? Why aren’t huge environmental protests covered by TV and the newspapers? Familiar cries from frustrated people – but you’re simply looking in the wrong places.
Don’t expect the national media of pretty much any country to educate the public about the dangers and destruction facing the natural world – read more about that here.
But away from the major media outlets, be assured that some great journalistic work is taking place, reporting on key environmental issues, going behind the stories and holding governments and businesses to account.
Even the big names of the media world have some notable shining exceptions and are doing an increasingly positive job of educating the general population.
There are a number of specialist websites looking into latest developments in particular areas, such as renewable energy or electric vehicles, and a wealth of blogs giving tips on sustainable living, but we are looking for news sites here.
So where do you find all the latest environmental, climate, biodiversity and pollution news you are looking for? Simply refer to this list below, share it far and wide, bookmark your favourite pages and become regular readers and viewers of this crucial content…
Latest Environmental News
First of all, let’s give credit to some major news outlets for their environmental coverage:
Sky Daily Climate Show
Sky dedicates a daily news section to the climate crisis, and also makes this available on YouTube and on a podcast.
Sky also broadcasts a fascinating data livestream in real time, which shows what exactly is causing our environment to change, from the amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere to how much the planet has warmed because of human activity.
The Guardian does not have a billionaire owner, it is largely funded by readers. In 2019, the publication updated its style guide to introduce terms that more accurately describe the environmental crises. For example, instead of ‘climate change’ the preferred terms are ‘climate emergency, crisis or breakdown’.
Reuters is a respected international news agency, supplying all the world’s media with breaking news stories. Of course, many choose not to pass that on to their readers or viewers, but Reuters at least has a good round-up itself.
The European news channel has a special green section to house a wealth of environmental news from across the continent.
Now let’s look at some other reliable environmental news sources you may not have known or thought about, in no particular order…
Climate Home News
Climate Home News recognises that climate change is the biggest story of our time. It aims to “be the go-to media outlet for a global community of doers and thinkers seeking to understand the political, social and economic drivers of the climate crisis and climate action.”
Earth.Org reports in detail on environmental news, data analysis, research and policy solutions.
In 2023, it will be launching a 24-hour global talk radio station, Earth.Radio. And the channel educates its younger audience via kids.earth.org.
Mongabay is a United States-based nonprofit conservation and environmental science news platform, publishing original content in English, Indonesian, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Hindi and French.
The Conversation has a monthly audience of 18 million users, and reach of 42 million through Creative Commons republication, including being featured on the news page here on GreenGreenGreen.
The Environment section is thorough and carries regular updates from all around the world.
Read across the world, The Ecologist is an environmental news and analysis website with a focus on ecological, social and economic justice.
After starting life as a print magazine in 1970, it now publishes online daily, bringing the latest environmental news, comment and features.
The intergovernmental organisation charged with maintaining international peace and security has its own climate and environment news section on the UN website.
The UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an urgent call for action by all countries, while UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has been hyper critical of governments for ignoring the climate warnings in IPCC reports.
Carbon Brief is an award-winning UK-based website covering the latest developments in climate science, climate policy and energy policy.
It specialises in clear, data-driven articles and graphics to help people understand better.
Common Dreams is a reader-supported independent news outlet created in 1997. While championing social justice, human rights, equality and peace, it dedicates much space to climate and environmental issues.
This website is run by Green Alliance, a think-tank working to ensure that political leaders in the UK deliver ambitious solutions to environmental issues across the world.
Grist is a nonprofit, independent media organisation that reports on topics including politics, energy, equity and solutions, looking at how they intersect with climate.