Great long read
How Antarctica’s fate will affect everyone.
snapshot of extreme drought
in the Southwest, from the
Interesting take from Australia via
Should nature have legal rights?
New York Times
on homeowners in a Houston suburb that was
intentionally flooded to protect downtown
after Hurricane Harvey.
FLASHBACK: Later this month, it’s the 43rd anniversary of Newsweek’s infamous “global cooling” story, still used by climate deniers to claim uncertainty in climate science. Doug Struck penned this
a few years ago.
NOT APRIL FOOLS, NOR IS IT THE ONION: An Iowa man won a defamation lawsuit brought by a pet food manufacturer in his hometown. The defendant ran a website complaining about
how badly his town smelled
Bill McKibben on being shut out of Canada’s most influential newspaper over a
(National Observer, Canada)
In a harsh editorial, the
Los Angeles Times
it’s time for EPA’s Scott Pruitt to go.
here’s one on the same topic
New York Times.
Three authors look at the
significance of water
in a warming, melting world.
Beyond the Headlines
Peter Dykstra and host Steve Curwood discuss how bees seem to combat a damaging pesticide, the importance of coastal ecosystems in carbon sequestration and a Clinton-era Forest plan that nearly everyone grumbled about.
Apparently, he’s not April-fooling:
EPA Boss Scott Pruitt says his
of vehicle fuel efficiency standards will actually help the environment.
Automakers lobbied the Trump Administration to roll back the fuel efficiency rules; they
may get more than they asked for
Conservation group sues Trump Administration over
protection of California rivers.
Amid the brutal rollbacks in environmental regulation,
Living on Earth
in the new congressional spending bill.
Last weekend, I showcased some of the good news that’s out there amidst the dreary environmental news.
This weekend, here are some of the most productive and impactful reporters, news sites, newspapers and broadcasters on the beat.
This is a partial list.
Please send suggestions for others to add here (or protests for the ones I’ve highlighted) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Rather than links, we’ve provided the Twitter handles for the reporters and news organizations.
There’s a strong argument to be made that longevity is more important on this beat than in most. Many newspapers have shuttered their science and environment beats, but there are some stellar exceptions: Mark Schleifstein, who’s shared three Pulitzer Prizes at the
New Orleans Times-Picayune
and NOLA.com (
Ken Ward, Jr. has earned many admirers and quite a few enemies covering the West Virginia coal industry at the
). Jim Bruggers writes and blogs for the
Louisville Courier-Journal (
Big Newsrooms that are paying attention:
The New York Times
sent mixed messages a few years ago by rearranging its climate and environment coverage, but they’ve brought in talented people over the past several years. So has the
, which did the unheard-of-move in promoting an environment reporter, Juliet Eilperin (
), to the coveted White House beat.
For about a decade, the Associated Press has been opportunistic about filling the void at its member newspapers by providing extensive science and environment coverage. Seth Borenstein (
) is a prolific science writer who covers climate from Washington DC, and takes constant guff from climate deniers. (But the AP refrains from using the word “deniers.”)
Big Newsrooms that aren’t paying attention:
TV news is still delinquent in its climate/environment coverage. Even with 2017’s relentlessly brutal weather and early 2018’s four Nor’easters, there’s scant mention of the role of climate change. In fairness, they’ve been all over the more frequent and intense outbreaks of Stormy Daniels.
Regional voices like the Pittsburgh-based The
also provide a great service.
Nonprofits and entrepreneurs fill the gap:
Sort of. There’s no pretending that nonprofits, including ours, have the general-audience reach of an ABC News or
But there’s incredible work being done by starving journalists at dozens of national and local outlets.
I like to think of
High Country News
for people who live above 7,000 feet (
). Their thorough coverage of Western issues and strong writing and reporting ought to be winning awards.
Inside Climate News (
turns out consistent awards-grade work.
provides great explanatory and investigative science journalism.
writes insightful stories with a focus on oceans and coastlines.
) features solutions-based stories to counter the general gloom that’s inherent in the environment beat.
and the Food and Environment Reporting Network (
) cover the nexus between our diets, our health, and the environment.
Regional efforts in the Pacific Northwest (Investigate West,
), Hawaii (
), the Midwest (
), and Texas (
) take over when “traditional” news organizations have dropped the ball due to staff cuts. A few smaller daily newspapers have made major commitments to the beat, notably the
of Palm Springs, CA. Ian James (
) has led extensive coverage of Western water issues.
Environmental journalism still suffers from a lack of diversity. Check out
from our friends at @nexusmedianews.
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