Important environmental news during 2013
Media reports on the environment:
- 2013-JAN to MAR: NY, DC: Newspapers make epic, life-endangering blunder: The editors of the New York Times and the Washington Post are alleged to have made the most irresponsible decision of the decade. They have both drastically cut back on their coverage of climate change. The New York Times dismantled its environment desk and has shut down its Green Blog. The Washington Post is switching its lead climate reporter, Juliet Eilperin, to another assignment. 1
Curtis Brainard, editor of Columbia Journalism Review‘s "online critique of science and environment reporting," slammed the move by the Times he wrote:
"This is terrible news, to say the least. When the Times announced in January that it was dismantling its three-year-old environment pod and reassigning its editors and reporters to other desks, managing editor Dean Baquet insisted that the outlet remained as committed as ever to covering the environment. Obviously, that was an outright lie.
The Green blog was a crucial platform for stories that didn’t fit into the print edition’s already shrunken news hole—which is a lot on the energy and environment beat—and it was a place where reporters could add valuable to context and information to pieces that did make the paper….
In an act of total cowardice, the Times clearly timed its announcement to avoid (for the weekend, at least) having to deal with what is sure to be widespread criticism. When I called the paper shortly after 5pm on Friday, I was informed that executive editor Jill Abramson, managing editor Dean Baquet, and corporate spokeswoman Eileen Murphy were all out of the office for the day….
Those masthead editors should be ashamed of themselves. They’ve made a horrible decision that ensures the deterioration of the Times’s environmental coverage at a time when debates about climate change, energy, natural resources, and sustainability have never been more important to public welfare, and they’ve done so while keeping their staff in the dark. Readers deserve an explanation, but I can’t think of a single one that would justify this folly. 1
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- Joe Romm, "In Epic Blunder, NY Times And Washington Post All But Abandon Specialized Climate Science Coverage," ClimateProgress, 2013-MAR-04, at: http://thinkprogress.org/
- "Carbon dioxide passes symbolic mark," BBC News, 2013-MAY-10, at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/
- Steven Mufson, "President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping agree to wind down production and use of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs," Washington Post, 2013-JUN-08, at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/
- Steven Mufson, "Carbon dioxide emissions rose 1.4 percent in 2012, IEA report says," Washington Post, 2013-JUN-10, at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/
- David Darkey, "Televangelist Pat Robertson Attributes New Climate Change Study to ‘Nutty’ PH.D.s," Democratic Underground, 2013-FEB-22, at: http://www.democraticunderground.com/
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Originally posted: 2013-MAY-11
Latest update: 2013-JUN-10
Author: B.A. Robinson