Coverage of the “Code Red” Climate Report Was Good. Here’s How to Sustain It.

The consequences of human-caused climate change—including recent extreme weather events that have wreaked havoc around the globe—will grow drastically worse this century if humanity fails to act, according to a landmark report issued Monday by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The IPCC warned in 2018 that global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius […]

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“This Was Avoidable,” Climate Activists Say About Grim New Science

The United Nations COP 26 climate summit this November was already set to be one of the most important diplomatic gatherings in history, a meeting where world leaders will, without exaggeration, decide the future of life on earth. Today, in a landmark report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), some of the […]

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Olympics Remind Us: Climate Change Is a Story About Our Bodies

Sign up to receive our weekly newsletter. Last week in Tokyo, on a blistering Wednesday afternoon, Russian tennis star Deniil Medvedev visibly struggled during his third-round singles match against the Italian player Fabio Fognini. Medvedev had already called a medical timeout, and in the second set his performance prompted the umpire to ask him if […]

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The Bumpy Road to COP26

Sign up to receive the weekly Climate Beat newsletter. Last week, energy and environment ministers at a G20 meeting in Naples, Italy—seen as a decisive step leading up to COP26 in November—failed to agree on key details of countries’ climate change commitments. Activists had hoped the G20 event would result in “a strengthening of climate […]

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Reporters Must Center Climate Justice. Here’s How.

This article is adapted from a piece for NBCU Academy. As a young reporter for Valley Public Radio, in Fresno, north of the small farm town where I grew up, I saw firsthand the human impacts of the unfolding climate emergency. Amid a crushing multi-year drought in the state, which lasted from 2011 to 2017, […]

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Rich Countries ‘Must Consign Coal Power to History’

Sign up to receive the weekly Climate Beat newsletter. That headline, from a Reuters story published this week quoting COP26 president Alok Sharma, is one of the great climate headlines of 2021. And it couldn’t be more relevant amid the deadly floods and wildfires ravaging Germany, China, Nigeria, and the American West. Sharma, the British […]

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Cover the Amazon Rainforest Like Our Climate Survival Depends on It

Sign up to receive the weekly Climate Beat newsletter. The world saw this coming. Large parts of the Amazon rainforest, one of humanity’s greatest buffers against climate change due to the carbon the rainforest absorbs and stores, have flipped from being net carbon sinks to net carbon sources, according to a new study published in […]

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The Media’s Climate Blindspot

Climate change amounts to an undeclared, deeply unjust war against the global poor. Though they have emitted almost none of the heat-trapping gases that have raised global temperatures to their highest levels in civilization’s history, it is the poor—especially in low-income countries in Asia, Africa, and South America—who suffer first and worst from overheating the […]

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Watch Now: Heat, Fires, and the Climate Connection

The wildfires forecast this summer in the American West could be the biggest climate story of 2021 (until November’s Glasgow summit). And the unprecedented heat waves now scorching much of the American West are another painful sign that the climate emergency is here. Good journalism will not only inform people how to stay safe, but […]

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