by MARGARET SULLIVAN, The New York Times, March 5, 2013
Environmental issues are not becoming any less important or prevalent in our lives. On the contrary, I believe that climate change, water resources depletion, food production trends and other environmental challenges are the defining issues of our times. So why on earth is The Times closing the blog?I teach environmental studies classes to college students in Washington State. I make a point of telling my students that The Times is one of their best sources for environmental news and staying up-to-date on the events affecting our nation and our planet. I cannot in good conscience tell my students that anymore. I’m not even sure where to tell them to look now for environmental news in The Times.You’ll forgive me for being highly skeptical that The Times will find other ways to cover environmental news as efficiently. I believe this decision is as shortsighted and nonsensical as they come.