You will be dismayed to note that on May 6, 2019 the day the royal baby was born, the United Nations released a summary of a major new report warning that human destruction of the natural world, including through climate change, now threatens up to a million species with extinction. CBS was the only national broadcast network that ran a segment on the biodiversity report that night.

Many feel that mainstream media has not done enough to cover climate change and a paper from the Columbia Journalism Review in 2019 addressed this issue brilliantly and in-depth. Subsequently they and The Nation, in partnership with The Guardian, created the Covering Climate Now project to encourage media to focus on climate change coverage between September 16-23, 2019. By September 2020, CCN had 400 news outlets as partners with a combined audience approaching 2 billion people . One stunning non-profit, InsideClimate News, also partnered, in the spring of 2019, with fourteen newsrooms in nine midwestern states, publishing articles on three climate-related themes: agriculture, transportation and the electric grid. The results are fabulous.

Their’s is not the only partnership. Climate Desk is another journalistic collaboration dedicated to exploring the impact — human, environmental, economic, political — of a changing climate. Their partners are The Atlantic, Atlas Obscura, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Citylab, Grist, The Guardian, High Country News, HuffPost, Medium, Mother Jones, National Observer, Newsweek, Reveal, Slate, The Weather Channel, Undark, Wired, and Yale Environment 360.
 
As national print media has evolved into digital, video, and audible delivery of news, some other remarkable results have emerged such as this multi-media series at The Washington Post, Gone in a Generation.
 
One of the key newspapers on our list is The New York Times, which published nearly 800 articles about climate change in 2018. There was, nonetheless, a climate protest in front of their building on June 22, 2019 calling attention to the lack of attention given to global warming. 66 people were arrested. As 2019 came to an end, The Times made available a stunning compilation of their best climate change stories from that year.
 
TIME distinguished themselves in 2019 as well, selecting Greta Thunberg as the 2019 Person of the Year, and later published Bill McKibben in a “double” issue titled 2050: How Earth Survived on September 23, 2019. 
 
What about 2020? Wired Magazine, in the midst of the Coronavirus madness, marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day by devoting their entire April issue to climate change…as did National Geographic. CNN marked it as well, broadcasting what Mark Hertsgaard called, one of the “very best pieces of climate journalism ever run by a mainstream US news organization”: The Road to Change: America’s Climate Crisis, with Bill Weir.
 

On July 9, 2020, Time ran another cover story exploring how the coronavirus pandemic would affect our ability to focus on climate change in Justin Worland’s stunning piece, One Last Chance, The Defining Year for the Planet.

And, on October 6, The New Yorker published The Fragile Earth edited by David Remmick, an anthology of their amazing reporting on climate change over the past three decades — from Bill McKibben, writing one year after James Hansen first warned a Senate committee about climate change in 1988, to Pulitizer Prize winners Elizabeth Kolbert, Kathryn Schulz, and essays by Jonathan Franzen Ian Frazier, and more.

KEY RESOURCES

MAINSTREAM MEDIA OUTLETS

ABC

Follow the latest Climate Change news, videos, and analysis from ABC News.

AP News

The Associated Press is an independent, not-for-profit news cooperative headquartered in New York City. Our teams in over 100 countries tell the world’s stories, from breaking news to investigative reporting. We provide content and services…

Atlantic

Since 1857, The Atlantic has been challenging assumptions and pursuing truth.

Boston Globe

In-depth, award winning coverage of news, business, sports, arts and entertainment. Provocative and insightful columns. The Boston Globe is New England’s #1 newspaper.

Buzzfeed News

Started in 2012, BuzzFeed News has grown from a small social news upstart into an international news organization for a generation of news consumers looking for something new.

Canada’s National Observer

National Observer is a daily, progressive national news publication that publishes tough investigative reporting, in-depth analysis and daily news coverage. Its investigative and solutions-based reporting delves into climate change, energy, politics, the natural world, and…

CBS

CBS News has created some fascinating climate change coverage. Most memorable was on 3/1/19, when 60 Minutes covered in exquisite detail the first children’s lawsuit over climate change in the US, or when CBS Sunday…

Citylab

CityLab is dedicated to the people who are creating the cities of the future—and those who want to live there. Through sharp analysis, original reporting, and visual storytelling, our coverage focuses on the biggest ideas…

Democracy Now!

Democracy Now! produces a daily, global, independent news hour hosted by award-winning journalists Amy Goodman and Juan González. Our reporting includes breaking daily news headlines and in-depth interviews with people on the front lines of…

Guardian

Guardian US is renowned for the Paradise Papers investigation and other award-winning work including, the NSA revelations, Panama Papers and The Counted investigations. The Guardian also has a separate section dedicated to Environment.