Yesterday came the announcement of an unprecedented collaboration to create climate change journalism. Meet The Climate Desk:
The Climate Desk is a journalistic collaboration dedicated to exploring the impact—human, environmental, economic, political—of a changing climate. The partners are The Atlantic, Center for Investigative Reporting, Grist, Mother Jones, Slate, Wired, and PBS’s new public-affairs show Need To Know.
There has never been a joining of forces like this…but there is every reason to expect it will produce much valuable content. Moreover, The Climate Desk’s expressed raison d’etre makes four points that I heartily agree with:
1) Climate change is slow-moving, vast, and overwhelming for news organizations to grapple with. 2) What coverage there is tends to be fractured and compartmentalized—science, technology, politics, and business aspects are covered by different teams, or “desks” of reporters, despite the intrinsic connections. 3) Coverage is too often fixated on imperiled wildlife, political gamesmanship, or the “debate” over the existence of climate change, all at the expense of advancing the bigger story—how we’re going to address, mitigate, or adapt to it. 4) Cuts to news organizations are making matters worse.
Yes, indeed, yes. So go check out The Climate Desk, and become a follower. We need all the help we can get.
As events begin in Denmark, the Intersection is joining journalists from Mother Jones, Grist, The Nation, Treehugger.com, and numerous other outlets to pool together our blogging and reporting resources into the Copenhagen News Collaborative. If you peer over at the new widget added to our sidebar just below our names–called “Copenhagen News Feed”–you’ll see the latest news that the collaborative is producing or linking. Soon items from the Intersection will be appearing in the mix as well–and this widget is appearing on many sites other than our own.
So stand by–there is a lot of Copenhagen news coming, and we stand at a nexus for producing it….