New York Times discontinues Green blog
In its most recent post, "A Blog's Adieu", the blog editors explain that resources will be directed to "other online projects", without specifying what those projects would be:
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.
Thanks to all of our readers.
Many readers expressed dismay at the news, especially since the nine-person environmental desk had just been dismantled last month. Below, a few of the comments:
"I would have been much happier to have seen a cut-back to the real estate section. The value of my subscription is significantly diminished."
"This is a terrible decision. Climate change, the greatest catastrophe humankind has ever faced, should be insistently and prominently covered by 'the paper of record' -- unless you want that record to be one of stupid, perverse, suicidal denial."
"The Green Blog was the first item that I read every morning so I am so sad. The greatest challenge confronting us right now, perhaps in mankind's history, is climate change and other environmental issues. In light of that, it seems incredibly misguided to end this blog.
"The Guardian has a great environmental section including interesting blogs. Guess I'll be reading that every morning when I wake up -- and shaking my head that I have to turn to a British magazine because yet another American organization has lost its way."
"Green was one of the reasons I subscribed. The Times is clearly reducing its resources to deal with the main question of our days, and that is bad for me as a reader, and for all of us as citizens."
"This is crazy. Environmental issues are universal. They touch all phases of life - scholarship, decision-making - you name it. How could you do this? Here in Texas I really depend on you for info, as do all of my fellow eco-friends."
A few comments were posted by readers who welcomed the change, suggesting that the environmental coverage should be cut back because "global warming doesn't exist".