For the last week, I have wanted to put together a list of the best science accounts on Twitter focusing in particular on climate and the environment. But wow, there are so many good ones, that it’s like I couldn’t stop. In fact, there’s no way I could have listed them all.
So I hope you’ll see this well-considered list, which ranges from federal organizations to non-profits, individual scientists, environmental and climate advocates, and even rogue or “alternative” Federal agency accounts, a terrific place to start. Particularly if you’re a fan of facts.
(Me? I’m a big fan of facts. Just speaking for myself here.)
When we have lots of scientific information and data from lots of different sources, it helps us make the best decisions about how we live our lives, so that we can protect this planet for our kids and our future grandkids — something I hope we all can agree on. Whatever our political leanings. And following these accounts or amplifying the information you find shows support for those incredible scientists and activists out there who are at times putting themselves on the line to make sure we’re all informed.
Just know that these accounts range from pure data to upbeat factoids to wildly partisan tweets about government actions; not every account will be for everyone, but my hope is that you’ll find something new among these science accounts on Twitter that can help you commit to non-profits you believe in, read enlightening articles, or even encourage you to sign up to take action if you want to get more involved.
Or maybe, there are a few that can point you in new ways to get your kids excited about science.
I mean, Bill Nye! Come on!
Photos top to bottom, left to right:
Dr. Robert Bullard | Bad Hombre Lands NPS | Science Grrl | Gina McCarthy
Science March DC | Koko Warner | Katie Mack | Daniel L Lee
Joanne Manaster | Bryant Terry | RealityDrops | Al Gore
THE BEST TWITTER ACCOUNTS OF ORGANIZATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS FOCUSED ON SCIENCE, CLIMATE, AND THE ENVIRONMENT
While I could never hit every single account of every single organization doing fantastic work in the realm of science, climate and environmental concerns, here are a bunch of great Twitter accounts to get you started. You’ll find official federal agencies, activist organizations, non-profits, and some excellent publications.
If you’re worried about parody accounts, remember that little blue “verified” checkmark next to a lot of the biggest orgs can help guide you.
National Wildlife Federation: @NWF
Official federal agency dedicated to ensuring the preservation of wildlife.
World Wildlife Federation: @WWF
Outstanding non-profit concerned with forests, oceans, wildlife, food, climate & energy and fresh water.
The Nature Conservancy: @nature_org
One of our favorite non-profits, they are dedicated to conserving lands, waters and life. Currently working in 69 countries.
National Parks Conservation Assn: @npca
Association working to promote and strengthen our National Parks
Sierra Club: @SierraClub
The largest, most influential grassroots environmental organization, founded by conservationist John Muir in 1892.
Climate Reality Project: @ClimateReality
Al Gore’s organization dedicated to the global prevention of climate change and investments in clean energy.
Climate Progress: @ClimateProgress
The progressive perspective on climate science, solutions and politics from Patrick Smith
The Earth Institute: @earthinstitute
Columbia University’s institute developing research, policy and practical solutions toward sustainability.
Natural Resources Defense Council: @NRDC
Since 1970, an effective group of 2 million + members and online activists that work with lawyers, scientists and policy advocates to secure rights to clean air, clean water, healthy communities.
350 dot org: @350
A global movement to end the climate crisis with participation from 188 countries.
Moms’ Clean Air Force: @CleanAirMoms
Community of moms and dads who are uniting for clean air and our kids’ health
The National Center for Science Education: @NCSE
Defending the integrity, honesty and accuracy of science education at the local, state and national levels.
The Environmental Defense Fund: @EnvDefenseFund
Working with businesses, government and communities to create environmental solutions
The official feed of our nation’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NASA Climate: @NASAClimate
Their own description: “Rocket science isn’t enough; we’re climate scientists, too.”
Reality Drop: @RealityDrop
A project of @Climate Reality designed to help spread facts and correct misinformation.
The Climate Desk: @climatedesk
A journalistic collaboration dedicated to exploring the impact of climate change.
CA Academy of Sciences: @calacademy
San Francisco’s aquarium, planetarium, rainforest, and natural history museum.
They also offer a convenient list of the individual twitter accounts of their own scientists.
UN Climate Action: @UNFCCC
The official account of the UN climate change secretariat.
The Planetary Society: @exploreplanets
Empowering the world to explore and understand space science, run by CEO Bill Nye.
Climate Central: @ClimateCentral
Non-profit, non-advocacy research and journalism organization focused on climate change
Diverse Green: @DiverseGreen
Dedicated to increasing diversity in environmental NGOs and other groups.
The Ecologist: @the_ecologist
Environmental magazine founded in 1970.
Next Gen Climate: @NextGenClimate
Political action group focusing on preventing climate disaster while creating financial opportunity.
Greenpeace USA: @GreenpeaceUSA
The US branch of the global environmental activist non-profit.
One of the first blogs dedicated to sustainability.
The intersection of business, technology and sustainability.
The longtime news org covering green issues and environmental action with wit.
Science Grrl: @Science_Grrl
Wonderful account celebrating and supporting women in all branches of science.
March for Science: @ScienceMarchDC
Keep an eye on this account for info on an upcoming, and fastly growing march for science.
Also see the accounts they are following belonging to local sister marches planned for cities like San Francisco, Oklahoma City, Chicago, Kansas City, Raleigh; and globally, from Hong Kong, London and Sydney.
THE BEST TWITTER ACCOUNTS OF INDIVIDUALS TWEETING ABOUT SCIENCE, ENVIRONMENTAL AND CLIMATE ISSUES
There is no end to the number of individuals — whether leaders, celebrities, climate activists or lesser-known but informed experts — tweeting about science right now. Here’s a wildly abbreviated list of a few favorites. Click over, and follow a few that seem interesting to you. Then, see who they retweet, who they follow, who follows them, and you’ll have the ability to build quite the list yourself.
Remember, these are individuals, not companies or brands. So their feeds are likely to offer all kinds of content beyond science and climate data, including political tweets, humor, and your typical “what I ate for breakfast today” tweets.
Gina McCarthy: @GinaEPA
Environmental health and air quality expert, and the former EPA Administrator under President Obama
Al Gore: @AlGore
You know him.
Bill Nye: @BillNye
The Science Guy. We can’t get enough of him.
Dr. Robert Bullard: @DrBobBullard
Best selling author, Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy, and “the father of environmental justice.”
Jenna Ruddock / US Science Service: @NatlSciService
We originally thought this was a rogue account but no! The brilliant mind behind this popular account is Jenna Ruddock, a “geeky science journo with lots of coffee and things to say!” Tweets regarding the EPA, Interior, USDA, National Park Service, NASA and more.
Christiana Figureres: @CFigueres
Global climate change expert, former Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
Annie Leonard: @AnnieMLeonard
Executive Director of Greenpeace, creator of that awesome Story of Stuff video.
Joanne Manaster: @sciencegoddess
Science advocate, and host of Read Science! video series.
Tom Steyer: @TomSteyer
Philanthropist, founder of @NextGenClimate
Katie Mack: @AstroKatie
Popular Australian astrophysicist and science writer.
Kate Sheppard: @kate_sheppard
Huffington Post Politics editor and award-winning writer focusing on environment, science and nature.
Ed Begley Jr: @edbegleyjr
The actor is also a notable environmental activist and his Twitter feed reflects that.
Bill McKibben: @billmckibben
Author, environmentalist and founder of 350.org
Patrick Smith: @patrick_speaks
Founder of @ClimateProgress
Bryant Terry: @bryantterry
James Beard award-winning chef, now an author and activist at the intersection of food, farming, sustainability, health, activism, art, culture and the African Diaspora.
Ibrahim Salih: @ibrahimsalih
Environmental author, former sustainability policy advisor NY Mayor Bloomberg, founder of the Brooklyn Academy for Science and the Environment.
Majora Carter: @majoracarter
Urban revitalization strategist, implementing green-infrastructure projects, social enterprise and economic development in low-income communities
Michael E Mann: @MichaelEMann
Influential climate scientist and professor, director of the Penn State Earth system Science Center.
Whitney Tome: @wjtome
Executive Director of Diverse Green, dedicated to increasing racial diversity across environmental NGOs and organizations; former Director for Diversity & Inclusion of the Nat’l Parks Conservation Association
Emily Lakdawalla: @elakdawalla
Planetary scientist, writer, speaker, and Senior Editor of the Planetary Society under CEO Bill Nye
Jon Foley: @GlobalEcoGuy
Global environmental scientist, author, and Executive Director of the CA Academy of Sciences
Koko Warner: @Koko_Warner
Notable German researcher and author on the impacts of climate change on communities, leading the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative. Named one of the top 20 women making waves in the climate change debate by the Int’l Council of Science.
Mark Ruffalo: @MarkRuffalo
The actor and director is also a climate change advocate, and his Twitter feed has a wealth of information.
THE BEST TWITTER ACCOUNTS OF UNOFFICIAL, “ROGUE” or RESISTANCE SCIENCE, ENVIRONMENTAL AND CLIMATE ACCOUNTS
Most of these accounts have sprung up in the past month, as a way to stand up against censorship of the Federal employees behind official government agency accounts, in order to ensure the continued promotion of facts and science.
The people behind the accounts are anonymous, as expected. And to be sure, not all of the rogue accounts I’ve seen are thoughtful and consistent, so I haven’t included them here.
This list of rogue or alternative climate and science Twitter accounts includes those I see tweeting with authority and knowledge; in fact many claim to be helmed by whistleblowers, experts in the field like climate scientists or forest rangers, as well as current and former civil servants with first-hand knowledge about information they feel should be shared in the public interest.
Of course because most of them have only been up for a week or two, it remains to be seen whether they’ll all keep it up. I hope so.
Alt US National Park Service: @AltNatParkSer
The most active and respected of the alt or rogue science Twitter accounts. (Note: At the time of publication, for some reason their tweets are all gone. Let’s hope they come back soon.)
Rogue NASA: @RogueNASA
The unofficial “Resistance” team of NASA, not managed by government employees.
Resistance NASA: @ResistanceNASA
A resist sect of NASA and not an official NASA channel with a focus on climate data.
US EPA Unplugged: @ungaggedEPA
News, links, tips, and conversation about the EPA that will not appear on the official feed.
Alt US EPA: @altUSEPA
The unofficial “resistance” team of of the US EPA.
Not Alt World: @NotAltWorld
A 2-year-old, unofficial NPS account run by non-government individuals providing facts (and pointed rebuttals to false information) on science and climate change.
Alt National Weather Service: @AlternativeNWS
Alt FDA: @alt_fda
Uncensored tweets concerning the Food & Drug Administration, support for other rogue science accounts.
Alt US Forest Service: @AltForestServ
The unofficial resistance team of U.S. National Weather Service, not managed by government employees. Weather, water, and climate info.
Alt Muir Woods NPS: @altMuirWoodsNPS
Run by a former US Forest Service Ranger and teacher to support National Parks, John Muir and climate science.
Alt US Fish & Wildlife Service: @AlternateUSFW
Unofficial USFWS account to “educate and push for progress and reason.”
Alt US Fish & Wildlife Service Refuge: @AltUSFWSRefuge
Dedicated to the conservation, protection and enhancement of fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats
Rogue National Oceanic & Atmospheric Admin: @RogueNOAA
Unofficial account providing research on climate, oceans, and marine resources.
Bad Hombre Lands NPS @BadHombreNPS
In dedication to the official @BadlandsNPS account which first tweeted non-political climate facts before having those tweets deleted, this rogue account sprung up with tweets on everything from FDR quotes about protecting our forests, to environmental concerns, to gorgeous user-shared photos of the real Badlands National Park in South Dakota.
There are so many fantastic science Twitter accounts out there, and if you have a favorite we missed, in particular regarding the environment and climate change, feel free to share it in the comments.