United States Media Organizations

Broadcast Media

National Public Radio (NPR) is an independent radio broadcast organization funded by the government and with donations from the public.

From the NPR website: “NPR is a nationally acclaimed, non-profit multimedia organization and the leading provider of noncommercial news, information and entertainment programming to the American public. Launched in 1970 as a radio network by a group of public radio stations, today NPR is among the most successful news organizations in America and a growing presence in digital media including podcasting, mobile applications and social media.”

NPR airs environmental news daily, ranging from science to climate change to global environmental policy. The organization has no stated bias on climate change. They report about the US commitment to the Paris Agreement and about positions both pro and con regarding climate change.

Content Samples:

On January 25th, NPR published an article detailing the possible legal battle between California and the EPA’s potential new head, Scott Pruitt, over emissions standards in cars. California has always been granted a waiver to increase its emissions standards above the level set by the EPA, but in his confirmation hearing, Pruitt indicated he may not grant that waiver as head of the EPA. California governor Jerry Brown has vowed to fight the Trump administration and push for stronger climate-friendly policies in his home state and in others. This is an important issue because it calls to attention the likely inaction of the Trump administration on greenhouse gas reductions, but emphasizes the potential for states to act in climate-friendly ways despite the lack of support from the federal government.

On February 7th, NPR released an article fact-checking the claims of the Trump administration that policies to “bring back coal” would bring more revenue and jobs to the US while promoting a free market economy. The article showed that due to current trends, the energy market is shifting toward natural gas rather than coal because it is less expensive to produce and sell. Offering coal subsidies would increase energy prices and interfere with the free market, as well as inhibit the reduction of carbon emissions. This article is important because it holds accountable the energy industry and makes a case for “cleaner” fuel that releases less carbon.

Contact: An NPR program that frequently covers climate change issues is All Things Considered. One of the senior producers, Art Silverman, can be reached on Twitter using his handle @asilverman.

Press releases can be submitted here: http://help.npr.org/customer/portal/emails/new. The mailing address for the main office is: 1111 North Capitol St. NE, Washington, DC 20002.

http://www.npr.org/search/index.php?searchinput=climate
http://www.npr.org/series/9657621/climate-connections

Print Media

The New York Times is published by the New York Times Company. The contact page for the newspaper can be found here. The page recommends reaching out to an author directly through the link provided by clicking their byline.

The New York Times takes a strong stance supporting both mitigation of and adaptation to climate change. They publish stories daily detailing recently-published climate studies, statements of politicians and corporate leaders on climate change and policy, international environmental policies, and other relevant stories. They also frequently release articles fact-checking claims by prominent Americans about climate change and energy policy.

Content Samples:

On February 5th, the New York Times published an article detailing the likely actions of Scott Pruitt, Trump’s pick for the EPA, to cut its operations and reduce its regulations. The article predicts that Pruitt will act more within the legal framework of the EPA in order to make cuts to cripple the agency in ways that would last far beyond the current administration.

On February 7th, they printed an article titled “No Data Manipulation in 2015 Climate Study, Researchers Say.” This article was a direct challenge to claims made over the past years that a study released in 2015 showing increased global temperatures was done to influence the adoption of the Paris Agreement. The article emphasizes that the study was based on sound methods and had no bearing on the decision of global leaders to adopt the agreement. This article is important because it challenges a common statement of climate change deniers that the “science” behind global warming is being faked in order to influence policy.

Contact: Henry Fountain is a science writer who covers topics relating to the environment and climate change. He can be reached through his contact form or his twitter handle @henryfountain.  https://www.nytimes.com/section/science/

Online Media

The Daily Climate is a website dedicated to disseminating news related to climate change and other environmental issues. It is run by Brian Bienkowski and works as an independent media organization without political bias. The website publishes original content and shares relevant articles from other reputable news organizations daily, often with comment from the editors.

The organization collects news from media outlets ranging from center right to center left, but generally supports legislation to mitigate climate change, as well as the Paris Agreement and the US’s involvement in it.

Content Samples:

Of the original content published recently by The Daily Climate, two pieces stand out. The first, titled “The Holocene climate experience,” describes previous human societies’ responses to large scale environmental change, noting that these societies generally took a strongly reactive approach and as such, saw extremely high early mortality rates or a complete end to their societies. The article warns that in the modern era with such a high population, our society is not equipped to deal with climate change and, if left unchecked, its effects will be catastrophic. This article is important because it emphasizes the importance of climate change mitigation, and of paying attention to history in our predictions for the future.

The other article is an essay titled: “Meteorologists and the sacred position between people and science.” This piece compares the role of meteorologists in the fight against climate change denial to the role of a pediatrician who suspects child abuse and has the legal obligation to report it, even without conclusive proof. The essay emphasizes that even without the acceptance of climate change by many American politicians, meteorologists have the responsibility to forecast decades into the future and prepare the public for the consequences of inaction on climate change.

Contact: The Daily Climate can be reached with press releases through their website. The mailing address is: The Daily Climate, 421 Park Street, Suite 4, Charlottesville, VA 22902. Brian Bienkowski can be reached at 434-220-0348 ext 416. http://www.dailyclimate.org/
Henry Fountain is a science writer who covers topics relating to the environment and climate change. He can be reached through his contact form or his twitter handle @henryfountain.
The New York Times is published by the New York Times Company. The contact page for the newspaper can be found here. The page recommends reaching out to an author directly through the link provided by clicking their byline.
The New York Times takes a strong stance supporting both mitigation of and adaptation to climate change. They publish stories daily detailing recently-published climate studies, statements of politicians and corporate leaders on climate change and policy, international environmental policies, and other relevant stories. They also frequently release articles fact-checking claims by prominent Americans about climate change and energy policy.

Content Samples:
On February 5th, the New York Times published an article detailing the likely actions of Scott Pruitt, Trump’s pick for the EPA, to cut its operations and reduce its regulations. The article predicts that Pruitt will act more within the legal framework of the EPA in order to make cuts to cripple the agency in ways that would last far beyond the current administration.
On February 7th, they printed an article titled “No Data Manipulation in 2015 Climate Study, Researchers Say.” This article was a direct challenge to claims made over the past years that a study released in 2015 showing increased global temperatures was done to influence the adoption of the Paris Agreement. The article emphasizes that the study was based on sound methods and had no bearing on the decision of global leaders to adopt the agreement. This article is important because it challenges a common statement of climate change deniers that the “science” behind global warming is being faked in order to influence policy.

Online Media
Website: The Daily Climate
http://www.dailyclimate.org/
The Daily Climate is a website dedicated to disseminating news related to climate change and other environmental issues. It is run by Brian Bienkowski and works as an independent media organization without political bias. The website publishes original content and shares relevant articles from other reputable news organizations daily, often with comment from the editors.
The organization collects news from media outlets ranging from center right to center left, but generally supports legislation to mitigate climate change, as well as the Paris Agreement and the US’s involvement in it.
Content Samples:
Of the original content published recently by The Daily Climate, two pieces stand out. The first, titled “The Holocene climate experience,” describes previous human societies’ responses to large scale environmental change, noting that these societies generally took a strongly reactive approach and as such, saw extremely high early mortality rates or a complete end to their societies. The article warns that in the modern era with such a high population, our society is not equipped to deal with climate change and, if left unchecked, its effects will be catastrophic. This article is important because it emphasizes the importance of climate change mitigation, and of paying attention to history in our predictions for the future.
The other article is an essay titled: “Meteorologists and the sacred position between people and science.” This piece compares the role of meteorologists in the fight against climate change denial to the role of a pediatrician who suspects child abuse and has the legal obligation to report it, even without conclusive proof. The essay emphasizes that even without the acceptance of climate change by many American politicians, meteorologists have the responsibility to forecast decades into the future and prepare the public for the consequences of inaction on climate change.
The Daily Climate can be reached with press releases through their form here. The mailing address is: The Daily Climate, 421 Park Street, Suite 4, Charlottesville, VA 22902. Brian Bienkowski can be reached at 434-220-0348 ext 416.