Remember to Cast Your Vote for the Best Climate Journalism Remember to Cast Your Vote for the Best Climate Journalism

Remember to Cast Your Vote for the Best Climate Journalism

by Ben Jervey

November 24, 2009
Good climate journalism is, unfortunately, hard to find. Which is why I'm pretty excited to follow the new Earth Journalism Awards competition (which we previously mentioned here). Organized by the Internews Network, the EJAs-"Honoring the world's best climate change reporting"-have whittled down over 450 pieces of climate-related reporting to 15 finalists. These run quite a range of subject matter (not to mention place and medium of publication), including stories on carbon capture and sequestration for Scientific American, a Reuters piece on loopholes and cracks in the emerging carbon markets, a five-part ClimateWire series on climate-induced migration from Bangladesh (which got my vote), and even a Youtube rap video on climate impacts in Kenya.  Also in the finals is Bill Wheeler's recent GOOD piece on the water crisis in India and Pakistan.It's well worth giving all the finalists a good look. Too few media outlets are putting the energy and resources into good, thorough coverage of climate change's impacts and solutions, with all the nuance and detail that the subject really demands. It's encouraging and exciting to see that it's out there, and hopefully these awards can help drum up editorial interest for more such deep, searching, and creative reporting.

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Ben is a writer and editor covering climate change, energy, and environment, and is currently the Climate and Energy Media Fellow at Vermont Law School. He was the original Environment Editor at GOOD Magazine and his work has appeared regularly in National Geographic News, Grist, DeSmogBlog, and OnEarth. He recently worked with the non-profit Focus the Nation to publish an Energy 101 primer. When living in New York City, he wrote a book, The Big Green Apple, on how to live a lower impact life in the city. A bicycle enthusiast, Ben has ridden across the United States and through much of Europe.
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