People use Twitter to warn of natural dangers including earthquakes and hurricanes. Other environmentally related uses for the micro-blogging tool include measuring energy use at home and rigging up plants to "tell" Twitter when they're thirsty.
For a green-news junkie overwhelmed by dozens or even hundreds of RSS feeds, Twitter can be an entertaining and mobile filter. Writers at blogs and traditional publications increasingly use it to broadcast 140-character alerts of stories and observations, which can provide an early and more casual take on their blog posts and formal articles.
Plus, you can interact with the authors via replies and direct messages that can be more immediate than an e-mail or comment on a full-length story.
Here are some of the "green" feeds we keep up with on Twitter. Some simply provide instant links to freshly published stories, while others mix in commentary and personality. Check out who they're following to find even more feeds.
- To start, find CNET's Green Tech posts here.
- Think of the never-dull Grist as The Onion for green news, only with more truth than truthiness.
- Preston Koerner of Jetson Green focuses on green building, and compiled this exhaustive list of green Twitter feeds.
- The EcoGeek team tracks green tech.
- Green Options is a network of a variety of green-themed blogs.
- GreenBiz.com is a hub for green business news.
- Inhabitat's bloggers share a fine eye for ecologically appropriate design.
- Sustainablog from Jeff McIntire-Strasburg is one of the longest-running green blogs.
- The Greenwash Brigade from American Public Media's Public Insight Network investigates sketchy-sounding green corporate claims.
- Green Wombat is the work of Fortune writer Todd Woody.
- DotEarth comes from Andy Revkin of The New York Times.
- TheOilDrum covers energy and "peak oil" issues.
- Global Warming and ScienceNews mention related stories around the Web every week or so.
- Ecorazzi: Think Us Weekly meets An Inconvenient Truth, launched by Michael Destries.
- Worldchanging's writers keep up with cutting-edge trends in sustainability.
- Siel, aka GreenLAGirl, writes the Emerald City blog for the Los Angeles Times and still keeps up her original blog of her tips and adventures around town.
- Surveys show that people become more concerned about greening their lives when they become parents. Eco Child's Play speaks to them.
- Beth Terry's well-researched Fake Plastic Fish blog chronicles her quest to reduce her use of plastic.
- Green Map guides, in hundreds of cities, chart local green resources.
- Pointers for crafts enthusiasts come via Craft and Make magazines and Crafting a Greener World.
- The Green Guide from National Geographic offers household-greening tips. So do LighterFootstep and GreenTweet. Earth911 is a go-to guide for recycling and more.
- AIDG "tweets" often from Haiti, where the Boston nonprofit helps communities with renewable energy and more. The abbreviation stands for a mouthful: Appropriate Infrastructure Design Group.
Enviroblog from the Environmental Working Group details toxic ingredients in everyday products.
- NRDCSwitchboard comes from the Natural Resources Defense Council, which prints the excellent On Earth magazine. The National Wildlife Federation and Sierra Magazine use Twitter, too. Greenpeace activists are ever-active.
- The World Resources Institute think tank is based in Washington, D.C.
- Can you build a green home for $100,000? Philadelphia developer Chad Ludeman takes up the challenge with the 100kHouse.
- Max Gladwell, whose blog blends social media with green living, describes on Treehugger how to add your "tweets" to a GreenStream channel to make them easier to find.
- Strategist and GreenBiz founder Joel Makower just began using Twitter in September.
- Social entrepreneur and GreenSkeptic Scott Edward Anderson challenges conventional assumptions about green tech.
- CleanTech.org says it's "where entrepreneurs and investors meet to commercialize clean technologies.
- CleanTech is updated by Denis DuBois, an expert on marketing for sustainable energy.
- Marc Alt, a sustainability consultant, also develops environmental conferences.
- Sopogy is among the solar start-ups with a Twitter presence.
- The Greensearch search engine donates part of ad profits to environmental groups.
- The GreenCollarGuy, from Green Collar Media, and GreenJobs specialize in sustainable employment.
Green lifestyle pointers and DIY tips come in more than a few flavors:
Micro-bloggers from green nonprofit groups and businesses share their inside perspective:
Of course, you'll find some of the same voices on rival services to Twitter, but it happens to be the most popular. Feel free to chime in with more suggestions in the comments.