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What Are the Web’s Best 2011 Climate and Energy Blog Posts?

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http://www.thebestrealestatesystems.com/images/Best_of_the_Best.jpgI will be on vacation Christmas to New Year’s, as will Stephen Lacey.  And for me this is a real vacation,  in that I probably won’t spend even 2 hours a day blogging!

Climate Progress will still go on.  So if there is a major breaking story, we will cover it.  But mostly we will be rerunning the best climate and energy blog posts of 2011 from around the web.

So we’d love your suggestions for what those are — including any from CP you think worth reposting.

IF you are suggesting something from your own blog, then please keep that to just your single best post.

Note: Try to find stuff off the beaten e-path.  For instance, we know and love Skeptical Science, and we will definitely be running some of their stuff over the break.

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23 Responses to What Are the Web’s Best 2011 Climate and Energy Blog Posts?

  1. If not following the blog of Theodora Filis http://dfilis.blogspot.com/ you should. She contributes regularly to UK Progressive with great reporting on all issues environmental and gets thousands of FB shares and ReTweets on everything from fracking to climate change to Fukushima to GMO foods.

  2. Raul M. says:

    Thanks Joe, Stephen, and friends
    I’ve learned much reading from here.

  3. prokaryotes says:

    Excellent idea, i can think of a couple breaking stories and scientific findings now. Maybe a top 20 can be made.

    Wish you all a happy christmas time (without climate disruption …)

  4. Rabid Doomsayer says:

    http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-12-18/philippine-floods-landslides-kill-652-in-2011-s-worst-storm.html
    “Tropical Storm Washi, the most- devastating cyclone to hit the Philippines this year, killed at least 652 people, according to the Red Cross. With hundreds still unaccounted for, the death toll is likely to rise”

    Northern Mindanao is not used to cyclones, people did not get the seriousness of the warnings.

    If you want to update a post, the Texas drought is a lot more than just Texas, the surrounding states and indeed a big chunk of Mexico are also affected.

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/nationnow/2011/12/texas-drought-shrinks-state-cow-herd.html

    “The epic Texas drought has caused an estimated $5.2 billion in losses to farmers and livestock producers, experts say, and the figure is expected to rise this winter.”

    Is this the start of the mega-drought?

    Really enjoy your holiday. If you have an idea that you just never get to research, just put it up and see what your followers come up with.

  5. Luc Binette says:

    Without ThinkProgress, life will get so boring!
    Thanks for this great blog and enjoy your holidays.

  6. Kerry says:

    David Roberts over on Grist has been outdoing himself this year, most recently with the “brutal logic” series.

  7. John Ward says:

    I totally agree with Kerry’s recommendation. If you know people who are open-minded but haven’t been totally sold on the idea of climate change as a problem that needs urgent attention, Roberts’s essays “The brutal logic of climate change” http://www.grist.org/climate-change/2011-12-05-the-brutal-logic-of-climate-change
    and
    “The brutal logic of climate change mitigation”
    http://www.grist.org/climate-policy/2011-12-08-the-brutal-logic-of-climate-change-mitigation
    offer a great awakening and call to action.

  8. David Johansen says:

    Thank you for this Excellent blog.

  9. SecularAnimist says:

    The increased coverage of renewable energy by this blog, particularly coverage of the solar industry, including of course Stephen Lacey’s articles, is TERRIFIC.

    The huge global growth of the solar industry is really revolutionary, in fact it is outright shocking, and it has the potential to reduce emissions faster than most people think possible while simultaneously electrifying the rural developing world without increasing emissions.

    Yet it is being largely ignored, and even denigrated by the corporate media. This blog’s excellent reporting on the solar industry — and other renewable energy, smart grid and efficiency developments — is therefore of great value.

  10. Happy Holidays, Joe – You’re totally appreciated!
    For your readers:
    http://www.skepticalscience.com/
    http://www.aip.org/history/climate/index.htm

  11. Helen Adam says:

    The Low Carbon Kid has been blogging for a few years on energy and energy efficiency, anti-nuclear, and regularly offers original, detailed, well-informed and well-argued posts. Posts several times a week. Today’s is a cracker: Why is this sustainable biodiesel illegal in the UK? http://lowcarbonkid.blogspot.com/

  12. SA Esterly says:

    Please consider posting something from Jeremy Rifkin and his book – The Third Industrial Revolution. He has many excellent blog posts and videos. This material is so important to our understanding of the changes that are taking place in our world.

  13. TKPGH says:

    Best of the holidays to all. Thanks for all the hard work and insightful information.

  14. Lewis W. says:

    I really enjoyed this and think it brings up a very interesting point and addresses the global ponzi scheme often spoke of here.

    “The deniers did not decide that climate change is a left-wing conspiracy by uncovering some covert socialist plot. They arrived at this analysis by taking a hard look at what it would take to lower global emissions as drastically and as rapidly as climate science demands. …

    …The fact that the earth’s atmosphere cannot safely absorb the amount of carbon we are pumping into it is a symptom of a much larger crisis, one born of the central fiction on which our economic model is based: that nature is limitless, that we will always be able to find more of what we need, and that if something runs out it can be seamlessly replaced by another resource that we can endlessly extract. ”

    http://www.alternet.org/story/153230/to_conservatives%2C_climate_change_is_trojan_horse_to_abolish_capitalism/?page=4

  15. Tom Lewis says:

    With humility, may I offer the most viewed post of my year?
    http://www.dailyimpact.net/2011/04/28/mississippi-rising-apocalypse-now/
    And with sincerity, may I wish you all a Merry Christmas under the circumstances.

  16. Pete Dunkelberg says:

    Sometimes a short modest post hits the spot.

  17. Lazarus says:

    I’d recommend Paul Hudson’s blog. He is a weather man for the BBC.

    My recommendation isn’t because his blog posts could be deemed as the best but because, even though his posts a fairly based on the data (mostly), (unlike WTFUWT and ‘Real Science’), he still attracts his fair share of deniers and some down right Kooks.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/paulhudson/

  18. Chris Winter says:

    My first recommendation is this post from Kate’s blog ClimateSight. I chose it because it touches on an issue of great importance: the relevance of nuclear power to solving the climate crisis.

    http://climatesight.org/2011/03/15/nuclear-power-in-context/
    Nuclear Power in Context
    March 15, 2011 by climatesight

    Kate, a Canadian, is on her way to becoming a climate scientist. Her blog hosts numerous postings about climate modelling and the software used to do it. Her five-part series for NextGen Journal (cross-posted to ClimateSight, is also worth a read.

  19. Diane Benson says:

    I’ve recently discovered Chris Nelder and really like his insights on climate and energy.

  20. How about cross-posting the post today on ClimateBites At last! A throughtful conservative perspective on climate.

    Also, I second the recommendations above for Kate (ClimateSight); she is a unique, fresh voice. I especially like some of the speeches she’s delivered, transcripted on her site.

  21. Raul M. says:

    If back in the not to distant past the ocean was the biggest source of co2 for the atmosphere (back at around 285 ppm?) then the oceans would outgas co2 if the atmosphere co2 was less than___ppm?

  22. Zach says:

    2 notes on that piece of mine:

    -feel free to change out the links to your own stories or add more if you use it.
    -i added “(Sarcasm)” to the title after publishing it because I was getting a lot of views from Google News and some folks didn’t seem to understand that I wasn’t being serious… (hard to believe, but i guess i didn’t go far enough beyond the craziness of global warming conspiracy theorists :D)