The BBC’s Science & Environment section.

If you are looking for a daily update on environment news one page you should bookmark is the BBC’s Science & Environment section.

We are pleased at The Coffee House that the BBC has finally renamed this section to include the word ‘environment’. It used to be called ‘Science & Nature’. The BBC news website editor Steve Herrmann reported this change at the end of September

The Coffee House got in touch with the editor earlier this year to suggest this change. ‘Environment’ is all inclusive covering a huge range of topics, many fairly new to the environment discussion we all find ourselves in today.

Environment covers politics, policy, economics, ecosystems, human development, funding, design & technology, the sciences, all at the local, regional, national and international scale.

As Mr Herrmann says, After some deliberation within our Science team, we’ve made the change because we think it better fits the nature of the coverage. It’s increasingly difficult – and maybe even misleading – to separate reporting of the purely natural world from the political, human and economic issues that affect nature and are affected by it.

The Nature content will still be there, but the new name will be a better description of the broad range of issues and stories that the team reports on.

Well done to the BBC for recognizing this and keep up the good work.

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4 Responses to The BBC’s Science & Environment section.

  1. earthpal says:

    Yes, I’ve always found Science and Nature to be a bit misleading (albeit unintentionally). If I was looking for some environmental news, that would not be my first contact. This is much clearer.

    The BBC’s Green Room is pretty cool, I have to say.

  2. Pete Smith says:

    I suppose it is just possible they were going to change the name without the Coffee House’s intervention, but hey.

  3. matt says:

    I’m sure there were many people pointing out the obvious to them. Very important that the BBC are open to communication and change though. The Nature unit in Bristol is very powerful and the best in the world. I’m sure therefore it took a fair amount of diplomacy to get the change we now have.

    This new name for the web page is very important, not only because it’s the BBC but also because the wider public need to understand the interconnectedness of all the issues surrounding environmental issues.

  4. Pete Smith says:

    Totally agree Matt.

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