Best Climate and Sustainability Newsletters
The climate emergency is not just another issue — it’s an era.
“Everyone needs to be educated on climate change because climate change and our response to it is going to change the world over the next 25 years as much as the internet did in the last 25 years.” — Joe Romm
The following newsletters will help you to better understand the quickly evolving climate space. Some also share what you can do about it.
It’s impossible to read all of them, so don’t overwhelm yourself. I just want to let you know what else is out there that I know of and appreciate. Let me know if you have a favorite that’s not on here!
The Climate Crisis
Bill McKibben is a living legend. It scares me to think about where the climate movement would be right now without his efforts. He is an author, activist, and co-founder of 350.org. And now he has a weekly newsletter with The New Yorker. Trust me, you don’t want to miss Bill’s insights.
HEATED is my absolute favorite. If you’re only going to sign up for just one, make it this one.
Emily Atkin has been a climate journalist for 7 years, but just recently went off on her own to start “HEATED”.
And Emily. is. awesome. She works “to expose and explain the forces behind past and present inaction on the most existential threat of our time.”
She excels at finding interesting stories, breaks some news of her own through investigations, and brings us accountability journalism for the climate crisis. Get ready to better understand the pernicious role the fossil fuel industry and others have played (and are playing) to block climate action.
Most people don’t understand why we’re in this mess. Hint: it’s not because of people like you and me. This story needs to be told.
Also, if you like my style, I believe you’ll enjoy Emily’s as well.
The Race to Zero Emissions
This newsletter is a great high-level overview of climate news and trends around the world.
It gives a few sentences each to 15 different stories. Five stories on decreasing emissions, five on increasing emissions, and five that are “net-zero”.
Let’s keep an eye out for Akshat’s next newsletter though. He’s over at Bloomberg now and I’m guessing it’ll be excellent.
Changing Climate Times
Douglas Imbrogno has been a multimedia producer, feature writer, and reporter for the last 40 years.
Doug has a knack for choosing good stories to cover and finding awesome quotes. He usually picks 5 to 10 covering a wide range of topics in the climate-sphere, thoughtfully adding his own insights.
He also enjoys creating memes and sharing cartoons so there are a lot of visuals which is a big plus!
These are both newsletters from Grist which is an independent, climate-focused news organization. Their mantra is “Don’t freak out. Figure it out.”
I appreciate that their personality comes through in their writing, along with the often hopeful stories.
This is a fantastic organization. They’re “A Pulitzer Prize-winning, non-profit, non-partisan news organization dedicated to covering climate change, energy and the environment.”
They helped break open the Exxon disinformation campaign in a big way with investigative reporting.
I typically scan the headlines to see what’s going on and occasionally dive into anything particularly interesting.
This newsletter is well written and has a light, clever style about it. It gives quick overviews to a wide range of climate-related news, spotlights someone doing good work, and offers additional resources you may be interested in (books, videos, events).
Joro is actually a carbon footprint app so the newsletter often focuses on personal footprint actions.
Yale Climate Communications
Some of Yale and George Mason’s social scientists have teamed up to study the public opinion and behavior of people in the US when it comes to climate change. Very interesting to see where people stand and how these trends are changing over time.
Almost always comes with charts and data!
Be warned! I write this one so I’m a bit biased 🙂
(I can’t not plug my own newsletter, right?)
I basically write the climate newsletter I wanted to read. I focus on what I believe are the most important things to know about the climate crisis and share meaningful actions we can all take to help reverse global warming ASAP.
“Strikes a perfect balance between smart, understandable, funny and compelling.” — Jackie F.