Top 5 environmental journalists


There is no doubt our environment is at a pivotal point in recent history. It is important to keep up to date with the ever-changing nature of the situation and know not only whereabouts you can find reliable sources but which trusty journalists to whom you can dedicate your time.

That is why we have compiled five of the top environmental journalists you can depend on to provide you with the news you’re looking for. Each journalist covers more than just climate change but include nature, science, biodiversity, agriculture and wildlife in their articles offering you a factual, dependable point of view.

Sylvia Thompson

Sylvia is a contributor to the Irish Times who writes on health, nature, science and environmental issues. In 2005, she won Medical Journalist of the year. In 2012, she went on to publish a book entitled Hands On: The Art of Crafting in Ireland in which she celebrates the wealth of crafts through her detailing of the history of various crafts ranging from basket-making to woodturning. Some of her most recent articles have covered environmental issues such as climate change, animals in nature and sustainability. On April 25, she wrote on the topic of sustainable communities and how we can go about becoming a no waste economy. On May 19, she covered farmers forced adaptation to climate change and how it might be made possible and easier with the right advice. On May 25, she published a piece on the abundance of wild foxes roaming about inner cities, the reasons, implications and reflection it has on the environment of the city.

Kevin O’Sullivan

Former editor and current Environment and Science Editor of the Irish Times, Kevin has a particular interested in climate change, renewable energy and sustainable food. After graduating in science from UCD he went on to gain a qualification in journalism in DCU. Having resigned as editor in April 2017 after almost six years, he went on to focus his energy on the publication of pressing environmental issues. In his most recent articles, he has covered climate strikes, the reinstated presence of the Green party, transport tensions across Ireland as well as viable solutions to this climate crisis in which we find ourselves stewing. On May 24, he wrote a piece covering the second national protest on climate action which was held by secondary school students in Merrion Square, Dublin where over 3,000 protestors attended projecting the need for change.

George Monbiot

George Monbiot is a well-established writer for the Guardian. His weekly column covers a variety of features though mainly focusing on the political philosophy in relation to ecological and social issues. He is a well-known writer and is recognised for his constant political and environmental activism. Though having authored a number of books, one of his most successful was Feral: Searching for the Enchantment on the Frontiers of Rewilding (2013) which covers the issue of rewilding across the British environment. On top of the favourable reviews he received from The Spectator, The Daily Telegraph and the New Statesman, this book won Society of Biology book award for General Biology in 2014. Not only did he take a look at worldwide rewilding projects and analyse the damage sheep farming is causing, but was praised for the book’s lyrical quality. The infusion of his own personal style was effective and well-received with one reviewer commenting that his “charm and persistence” had a “hypnotic effect” while addressing readers who yearn for a wilder life.
Having first graduated from zoology, George went on to become a radio producer with the BBC Natural History Unit which involved forming both historical and environmental programmes. In 1995, he founded The Land is Ours, a British rights campaign focusing on the right of access to the countryside as well as its resources. 1995 was a busy year for George as he was also presented with a United Nations Global 500 Award by Nelson Mandela for his outstanding environmental achievements. Awards and recognition only seemed to grow from there on as he continued to become a recipient of the SEAL Environment Journalism Award for his continuous work with the Guardian.

Fiona Harvey

Fiona who previously worked with the Financial Times for over a decade now works for the Guardian. This award-winning journalist has reported on every major environmental issue since 2004 having dedicated herself to environmental writing. Down the years she has interviewed a wide range of people. Some of which include the former Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon, British politician Tony Blair, American politician and environmentalist Al Gore and business executive Jeff Immelt. Her more recent articles include that of recycling steel and the possible lifeline it could offer the industry. This article from May 23 corresponds to another of May 15 in which she analysed the contaminative impact heavy metal and damaging chemicals are having on our European seas and marine life. Fiona holds many awards to her name due to her much appreciated dedication to environmentalism. She has received awards from the Foreign Press Association, the British Environment Media Awards as well as the Society of Environmental Journalists.

Adam Vaughan

Former energy correspondent for the Guardian and current chief reporter for New Scientist, Adam has covered a range of areas from energy to technology, environment to arts. His 17 years’ experience in journalism has given him time to gain skills and specialise in the environment, his niche. Becoming a freelance technology and environmental journalist was his opportunity to focus on these areas of interest. During this time, he contributed to a number of media outlets including the Guardian, Ecologist, Wired, Stuff, CB and more. Following just three months of freelance work, he became a full-time staff member at the Guardian in January of 2009. Starting off as deputy environment web editor, in less than two years he had progressed to the paper’s overall Environment Web Editor before becoming the Energy Correspondent. He held this position for just under a year before joining the team at New Scientist in early 2019.

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