Gee, We Wonder Why The New York Times Is Shutting Down Its Green Blog

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Here’s the statement issued by the New York Times itself:

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.”

Why do we suppose this is? Didn’t this part of the Times bring yet more respect and credibility to one of America’s most renown dailies – especially now that”we are all facing a planetary crisis“?

Perhaps a recent Twitter post by NYT environment reporter Andrew Revkin can answer that question. It appears the green pages of the Gray Lady were turning out to be more of an embarrassment than anything. As is the case with any operation that gets shut down, it is because either there’s no longer a demand for it, or other sources are simply doing a much better job delivering.

Recently Andrew Revkin, for example, implied that recent volcano activity was probably the explanation for the stop in global warming over the past years. There’s got to be some explanation. After all, we all know it just can’t be the sun. Here’s what Revkin tweeted:

Revkin

You can link to the study’s abstract here. Every time they pull the aerosol joker. But even Gavin Schmidt was not impressed by Revkin’s adventurism. Here’s what Schmidt tweeted back:

Schmidt

Yes, indeed it was probably a good time to end the Green blog show, and to “direct production resources to other online projects“.

Hat-tip: Marc Morano.

 

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10 responses to “Gee, We Wonder Why The New York Times Is Shutting Down Its Green Blog”

  1. Bernd Felsche

    A problem of too much Green is coming to the surface throughout Germany. (Link to EIKE)

    Homes made uninhabitable by energy saving measures that allow unwelcome mould in building; resulting from poor ventilation and insufficient heat to keep spaces dry. Effects aren’t just cosmetic. Pathogens produced by the fungus can lead to serious (even fatal) health problems. A survey of more than 4000 conducted by consumer protection organization Stiftung Warentest indicates that about 60% of homes are affected in some way.

    A conference is being held in Berlin this month to discuss the problem.

    I get the impression that the cleanup from such prevalent disasters is a costly/profitable exercise; with the homeowners left to carry all the costs; resulting from bad advice given by “authorities” and “green” insulation scammers.

  2. Walter Schneider

    I remember what it was like to sit in an unheated home and wait for the sun to come up to thaw the frost on the kitchen windows, while the kitchen stove was cold and we did not even have a scrap of paper to burn in it. The schools were shut down because class-rooms could not be heated — all for lack of coal in post-war Germany, in Duesseldorf, at the edge of the Ruhr area and only a few miles away from the open-pit lignite-mines near Juelich.

    Will it soon be again that people will burn whatever they can get their hands on and stick the stove pipes out through any convenient windows in the rooms they wish to keep warm?

    Chilblains were endemic then. Do today’s medical practitioners have the required skills and knowledge to treat them when chilblains make their inevitable return? Perhaps it is time for the medical profession to teach and take crash courses on the subject. The preferred and most practical cure is prevention, by keeping warm and dry. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chilblains

    The Mayo Clinic has some good advice on how to get ready for a docotor’s appointment related to chilblains. They advise, amongst other things, to write down questions to ask of the doctors such as, “What’s the most likely cause of my symptoms?” http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/chilblains/DS01091/DSECTION=preparing-for-your-appointment Of course, the answer to that is quite simple, and one would not be wrong to state: “Government decree!”

    Oh, what fools are those who yearn for a return to the good, old days, in the name of saving the environment that doesn’t need saving but common sense.

    1. Juergen Uhlemann

      I agree: “Oh, what fools are those who yearn for a return to the good, old days”

      I guess these fools never experienced what you experienced, as they are much to young.

      I’m a bit younger than you, but I remember the cold bedrooms. The living room was heated only on Sundays. The kitchen was the only place where it was warm, but not straight away in the morning.

  3. Paddy

    I was in the army and stationed in Sweobrucken during 1953-55. My wife and I rented two rooms from a German widow and her family and we shared the kitchen with them.They spoke no English so we learned German. It was a wonderful experience and our first child was born there.

    There was no central heating. We had a coal heater in a sittin room. Coal was the source of enregy for cooking and kitchen heat where we all spent much of our time together. They did have a small electric refigerator, but perishables were kept in outdoor coolers. Hot baths were a weekly occurrence with hot water coming from a coal fired heater. Laundry was done in the basement. A coal heater warmed water for washing in a large cooper tub with wooden paddles to circulate the wash.

    There was no problem with mold probably becasue homes were not air tight like modern homes. Everyone coped becasue that is the way it was. By todays standards no one could tolerate the old ways. Everone, inclucing me is too spoiled to even try.

    1. Juergen Uhlemann

      Memories are coming back “A coal heater warmed water for washing in a large cooper tub with wooden paddles to circulate the wash.” My grand parents had a separate building and I remember the steam coming from it.

      1. Mindert Eiting

        With an electric motor below the tub? Connected with a belt to the curious mechanism driving the peddles. The motor was completely unprotected, hot water streaming over the electrical contacts. My aunt also had to use a swing to help the engine in his first moments trying to get the laundry in motion. This was in the fifties. She finally died from natural causes.

  4. Paddy

    I know how to spell Zweibrucken.

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  6. grayman

    A home needs to breathe! All this caulking and sealing of every orifice has been the cause of so many mold problems, and building houses so fast even in moist or just plain wet periods and them they seal them up . If the house can not breathe it molds.

    1. Edward.

      It’s the simple things that they forget, in their drive to green Utopia.

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