Tools to Help Report on Climate

These resources, from visual libraries to public opinion polls to interview sources, can help journalists report on climate-related stories.

Below are a number of resources, from visual libraries to public opinion polls to interview sources, that help journalists and newsrooms report on stories related to the climate emergency.


Editorial Support

Society of Environmental Journalists’ produces TipSheet, a bi-weekly source for story ideas, background, interview leads, and reporting tools for journalists who cover the environment.

Climate Matters, an initiative from Climate Central, helps meteorologists and journalists report on climate impacts and solutions. Search their media library for localized climate reporting resources in English and Spanish, including broadcast-ready visual materials and story ideas you can make your own by adding local context.

Knight Science Journalism has a section in its science editing handbook devoted to climate and the environment that offers helpful guidance, particularly for US-focused newsrooms.


Visual Resources

NASA Global Climate Change produces multimedia and graphic resources on climate change for use by the media.

Climate Visuals curates images in an online library with low cost and free photographs available for download and use in blogs, articles and campaigns.


Climate Voices

Scholars Strategy Network is a one-stop resource for timely and reliable research from its chapters throughout the United States. Click here to find a scholar.

Women’s Media Center’s Shesource is an online database of media-experienced women experts useful for journalists, bookers, and producers.

Source of the week is NPR’s resource for journalists who believe in the value of diversity and share in their goal to make media look and sound like America.

Diverse Sources is a searchable database of underrepresented experts in the areas of science, health, and the environment for journalists on deadline.

SciLine, a resource provided by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, connects journalists on deadline with scientific experts on climate change and a range of other topics.

Clean Energy Wire’s expert database connects journalists with experts from organizations in research, government, politics, businesses, and NGOs to advise on the energy transition. Search by expert type, topic, and/or location, and utilize the rest of the site for further journalistic support on the energy transition and climate policy issues.


Data/Polling

Climate Nexus partners with the Yale University Program on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication, to conduct ongoing polling of issues related to climate change. The YPCCC’s climate opinion maps are especially interactive and engaging. Gallup is another source of public polling on climate change.


Research/Science

Climate Watch is an online platform designed to empower policymakers, researchers, media and other stakeholders with the open climate data, visualizations, and resources they need to gather insights on national and global progress on climate change.

Journalist’s Resource, a project of Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center, curates, summarizes, and contextualizes high-quality research on newsy public policy topics, including climate change, pollution, ecology, energy, and sustainability.