Newsrooms should know: the disaster is here. It is raging now. Our job is to cover it with the urgency it deserves
To hear many journalists tell it, the spring of 2020 has brought a series of extraordinary revelations. Look at what the nation has learned: that our healthcare system was not remotely up to the challenge of a deadly pandemic. That our economic safety net was largely non-existent. That our vulnerability to disease and death was directly tied to our race and where we live. That our political leadership sowed misinformation that left people dead. That systemic racism and the killing of Black people by police is undiminished, despite decades of protest and so many Black lives lost.
Wildfires will ravage the American west. Deadly heat will pound the global south. Hurricanes will march up the Atlantic
Mark Hertsgaard is an author, the environment correspondent for the Nation, and the executive director of Covering Climate Now.
Kyle Pope is the editor and publisher of the Columbia Journalism Review
This story is being co-published by the Guardian, the Nation and Columbia Journalism Review as part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 400 news outlets committed to transforming news coverage of the defining story of our time