New York Times slashes environmental coverage

Jeremy Hance
mongabay.com
March 05, 2013



On Friday at 5 PM the New York Times announced it was shutting down it Green blog, which highlighted diverse stories online, from energy to endangered species to climate change. The loss of the New York Times environment blog follows shortly after the paper announced it was dismantling its environment desk and moving all of the reporters to other beats.

"We will forge ahead with our aggressive reporting on environmental and energy topics, including climate change, land use, threatened ecosystems, government policy, the fossil fuel industries, the growing renewables sector and consumer choices," the newspaper said in the Friday statement. However, many were skeptical that the New York Times could keep up on environmental issues without its environmental team and now its Green blog.

"The Green blog was a crucial platform for stories that didn’t fit into the print edition’s already shrunken news hole—which is a lot on the energy and environment beat—and it was a place where reporters could add valuable to context and information to pieces that did make the paper," writes Curtis Brainard at the Columbia Journalism Review.

Journalist, Joe Romm, who heads Climate Progress called the decision "doubly head-exploding" following the impact of Hurricane Sandy last December on New York City. Many scientists say the tropical storm was exacerbated by climate change.

Climate change coverage across the U.S. has been anemic at best, according to media analysts, over recent years in spite of rising warnings from scientists about the impacts of climate change.

When the New York Times dismantled its environment desk in January, it stated that it was simply restructuring how environment reporting was approached in the paper, arguing that environmental issues would be incorporated into other coverage from the economy to politics. However, the loss of the Green blog means there is no-where in the New York Times to seek out stories devoted solely to environmental issue from a wide variety of reporters.

"This change will allow us to direct production resources to other online projects," the New York Times said about the cancellation of the 4-year-old blog. However, Slate reports that while the Green blog is dead, the New York Times is still running 60-plus blogs, including one that covers Award Shows and another devoted to horse-racing. In fact, there are ten sports blogs (including hockey and golf), while only two science blogs, after the loss of the Green blog.

Andrew Revkin will continue his climate blog on the New York Times, Dot Earth.













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