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The Guardian vows to combat the climate crisis

The publication joins forces with global media outlets to improve coverage of the world’s climate emergency.

Today, news brand readers across the country will read that Britain’s ten hottest years have all occurred since 2002. Although climate change stories are common in our papers, many argue that the topic is heavily under-reported.

The project ‘Covering Climate Now’ aims to “break the climate silence”, encouraging publications from across the globe to come together to transform how media covers climate change stories. 49 news brands have signed up across the globe.

One of the project’s first initiatives is to devote the front covers of publications to the climate emergency leading up to the UN Climate Action Summit in New York in September.

In a joint statement, the two co-founders of the project Columbia Journalism Review editor Kyle Pope and Nation editor Mark Hertsgaard said: “We see Covering Climate Now as a fulfilment of journalism’s most sacred responsibilities, which are to inform people and foster constructive debate about common challenges and opportunities. Arguably, no problem in today’s world is more challenging, or offers brighter opportunities.

“To elevate climate coverage is no more of a value judgment than it is to sideline such coverage. For many years now, most of the news media, at least in the US, has done the latter.”

If you want to know more about the project or want to sign your publication up, click here.

Watch this space.

Source: The Guardian

by Hannah Ohm Thomas 31/07/19

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