ABC News Joins Covering Climate Now 

The broadcast news outlet is also launching a new, specialized climate unit, as well as a month-long climate change series on the eve of the COP26 summit. 

ABC’s chief meteorologist Ginger Zee inside the studio of "Good Morning America" on October 18, 2021 in New York City. Zee will head up the network's new climate unit. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)

Ahead of COP26, ABC News announced this week that it has joined Covering Climate Now as part of its effort to expand coverage of the climate crisis. ABC News joins US television broadcasters CBS News, NBC News, PBS Newshour, and Democracy Now! as a partner of the global journalism collaborative.  

In its announcement, ABC outlined multiple climate-related initiatives, including a new climate unit to be headed by ABC’s chief meteorologist Ginger Zee, and a month-long series reporting on climate impacts around the world.

“Joining Covering Climate Now is a way for newsrooms everywhere to signal to the rest of the media and the outside world that they get it–that climate change is the biggest story of our time, said Mark Hertsgaard, the co-founder and executive director of CCNow, and the environment correspondent for The Nation. “We could not be more delighted that ABC News has now joined the other 450-plus partners of CCNow,” he added. 

“I’m especially grateful to Ginger Zee for championing climate coverage at ABC News, and I can’t wait to work with her and her ABC colleagues at the COP26 summit and beyond.”

The crucial COP26 climate summit of world leaders kicks off in Glasgow, Scotland on Sunday, October 31. ABC News will launch a month-long climate change series spanning seven continents, on the first day of the summit. 

“ABC News will commit unprecedented resources, deploying anchors and correspondents worldwide from Louisiana and the Amazon to India and Antarctica, to cover the circumstances that have put millions of people at risk, as they struggle with rising sea levels, famine, weather threats and more, in search of answers to prevent the damaging consequences of inaction,” the network said in a statement.