I always thought it was a bit strange that the The Guardian’s Environment pages were confined to the Wednesday Society section of the “print edition” of this national newspaper.
Did that mean that the cranky, obsessive, possibly mentally unhinged eco-hippies should be shovelled in with the Social Workers, Educationalists, Housing Associations and Trades Unionists ?
Did it mean that Environmentalism could only be valued by those with a Humanities or Classics orientation ?
Well, rather shockingly, the Environment Pages have now been lost altogether from the Society section (although there’s still some activity going on online).
Here’s a comment I received by e-mail from a Media-related contact :-
“The two Environment pages in Wednesday’s Society section have been slimmed down to just the one for the last few months or so.
This week there was no Environment page at all.
Is this a permanent situation? Best ask someone who works at the paper rather than just buys it.
What I also detected was that there was a slimming down of the online-only Environment content (this may be true across other sections of the paper too). Have you noticed this?
And on Bonn, so far in the print version, John Vidal has just ran one story so far. And no-one blogging online from Bonn when I checked a few days ago.
It’s only the biggest story on the planet.
A tottering [Gordon] Brown is so much more worthy of our attention.”
Well, I had noticed a general slowdown in the Environment page postings on the Internet for several major newspaper outlets. Now it seems that The Guardian has fallen into this particular trough as well.
I’m going to ask questions at the The Guardian Climate Change Summit on Monday 15th June 2009 at the Hotel Russell, Russell Square, where no doubt I shall bump into a few relevant house hacks.