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The Oil Drum is Terribly Two Today

Professor Goose, The Oil Drum
Two freaking years. 4.3-plus million unique visits. March has been our best month ever–and it’s not even close to over yet (did I mention to keep hitting those reddit and digg buttons? *laugh* But seriously, everything you can do in that regard helps our writers get exposure for their ideas and gets more people involved in these important conversations…).

More importantly, there are now more websites (most of them in our blogroll, but there are others) and more smart people talking and thinking about energy and our future than there were when we started this thing two years ago, and that’s a good thing. The petroleum supply has plateaued–to this point–and there is even more uncertainty about the future and how this is all going to play out. We need to have as many informed discussions as we can.
(22 March 2007)

Grist in Outside magazine: What’s So Funny?

Tim Dickinson, Outside via Grist
Actually … global warming, solar power, baby seals, carbon dioxide — and that’s just for starters. Thanks to the cheeky enviro-news site, greens finally have a funny bone. Now these upstarts want to lead the movement into the mainstream. Seriously.
IMAGINE THAT WRITERS for The Daily Show staged a hostile takeover of Sierra magazine. Earnest reports on climate change and organic foods would get repackaged with devilish irreverence. There would be jokes about Superfund sites, tree huggers, and the plight of endangered species. Al Gore would be a huge fan-and a favorite whipping boy. People under 40 might actually read it.

Which is to say, you’d probably end up with something a lot like Grist.

An online magazine published out of a 1920s high-rise in downtown Seattle, is reshaping green journalism by luring a younger and wider audience with an approach that’s not so much dumbed down as smart-alecked up. The site’s offerings include feature stories, interviews, an advice column, and a blog, though it’s best known for the Daily Grist, which summarizes the top environmental news from the mainstream and alternative press in snackable blurbs.
(20 March 2007)
My favorite section of Grist is its online forum Gristmill. -BA

Conserve: News & analysis for a lasting society

Erik Curren, Conserve
Conserve Magazine launched on March 2, 2006 as the new voice of doing more with less. Currently, we publish online but we plan to start a print edition in the future.

We offer original, fully reported feature articles every month and each week we offer news and opinion items — all to help our readers realize the possiblities of better living for a lasting society.

We worry about global warming and peak oil and we believe that solutions come not only from cool new technology but from cutting back, simplifying life and redefining ourselves not as consumers but as citizens of communities and members of families.

We are published in Staunton, Virginia, the Queen City of the Shenandoah Valley.
(March 2007)
Editor/publisher Erik Curren has been a longtime contributor to Energy Bulletin (list of articles). Best of luck with the new venture, Erik. -BA

New Canadian magazine “Granville” to focus on sustainability

Vancouver Sun
Canada Wide Media will launch a new quarterly Vancouver magazine in May — Granville — that will focus on sustainability issues for urban consumers.

Canada Wide representative Samantha Legge said every story will bring sustainability to the foreground and give readers the tools to make informed decisions.

Regular sections will cover local food, fashion and homes, while in-depth features will research issues like housing, transportation and energy options.
(21 March 2007)

New Irish magazine: “Sustainabiity”

Andy Wilson, Sustainability
Issue One is now back from the printers (14th March) and will be distributed over the next few weeks. Articles include:

A Short History of Global Warming
Debt: Riding the Tiger
Feeling Our Way to Shelter
Sustainable Housing: The Case for Renovation
Taming the Atlantic: Harvesting Energy from the Waves
Piping Hot: District Heating
Back to the Land
Not Seeing the Wood for the Trees
Getting Your Hands Dirty: Cob Building
Debunking the Myths of Micro-Wind
The Fruit and Nut Case
Permaculture Handbook Review
Slowing Down and Heading for Water
Cordwood Building: The House that Jacky and Emma Built
Flying Our Way into Climate Chaos
Education in Kinsale
Lunatic Technology
Lammas: Low Impact Housing
Sustainable Denial
The Waste Stream
(March 2007)
Editor Andy Wilson is a member of FEASTA (Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability) in Ireland. -BA