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Online Resources: Environmental News

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If you are interested in photography of the environment, first become familiar with environmental issues. The internet provides a firehose of information, and the key is figuring out where to start.

Over the years I have developed a daily routine canvassing reports from a core group of online news outlets that focus on science, environment, and climate news. Many more exist.

The Daily Climate, Environmental Health News and SEJ Headlines all aggregate links to articles published across the nation and world. Grist and Mongabay highlight recent news and originate articles on a range of environmental issues.

Climate change is a particularly vexing issue, increasingly dominating the environmental news landscape. Two places that focus on climate are InsideClimate and CarbonBrief.

Affiliated with universities, YaleE360 from Yale and Ensia from the University of Minnesota offer more in-depth original articles. YaleE360 also summarizes recent scientific studies in briefs.

The Conversation discusses environment from an academic view, commissioning pieces by scientists who have recently published research, or responding to recent environmental news. Articles are in clear language for lay audiences.

Of course other environmental news sources are online, like High Country News, which reports on western U.S. issues, the New York Times Climate and Environment page, which has a stellar group of environmental journalists, and the U.K.’s Guardian, which covers U.S. environmental issues better than most U.S. outlets.

But I’ve found over the years that the first sources mentioned above tend to discover most all the relevant environmental stories on the web and post links to them. And no doubt you will find sources of your own that you gravitate towards. But at a minimum these ten or so sources are a place to begin, to get a handle on the main environmental issues under discussion at the moment. And no doubt this list will change, that is the only constant on the internet.

The Daily Planet List

The Daily Climate

Environmental Health News

SEJ Headlines

Grist | A planet that doesn’t burn, a future that doesn’t suck


Home | Carbon Brief » Clear on climate

InsideClimate News: Climate & Energy News, Investigations

Yale E360

Ensia | New perspectives on global environmental issues

The Conversation-Environment


Dennis Dimick

Dennis Dimick served as executive environment editor at National Geographic magazine and was a picture editor at the National Geographic Society for more than 35 years until his retirement in December 2015. He guided a variety of major magazine projects including a special issue on global freshwater in April 2010, a 2011 series on global population, and the 2014 Future of Food series on global food security. Dimick co-organized the Aspen Environment Forum from 2008-2012, and continues to regularly present slide show lectures on global environmental issues. For 19 years he has been a faculty member of the Missouri Photo Workshop, and in 2013 received the Sprague Memorial Award from the National Press Photographers Association for outstanding service to photojournalism. He currently serves as a board member for the Society of Environmental Journalists. He grew up on an Oregon farm, and Dimick holds degrees in agriculture and agricultural journalism from Oregon State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.