The Daily Climate is an independent media organization working to increase public understanding of climate change, including its scope and scale, potential solutions and the political processes that impede or advance them.
The Daily Climate does not espouse a political point of view on the news but instead reports the issue to the best of our ability. Editorial integrity is the foundation of our mission.
Establishing the trust of our readers is a fundamental editorial objective; all of our reporting, editing and publishing adheres to the highest standards of journalism, including honesty, accuracy, balance and objectivity.
Towards that goal, the Daily Climate offers enterprise reporting on relevant topics alongside a unique daily aggregation of global journalism on climate science. Our daily news aggregation spans the political spectrum, from center right to center left.
Within that universe, the Daily Climate's aggregation represents the news of the day, irrespective of the opinion or viewpoint expressed, or whether or not material in the article is consistent with our understanding of current science. We often publish several articles from different newspapers covering the same story, as well as multiple editorials and op-eds about the same subject. We take this approach based on the belief that readers who come to DailyClimate.org want to see a wide range of how issues are being covered by the mainstream press.
About Daily Climate
The Daily Climate was formed in 2007 and strives to be the source of record on climate change news. It has two core purposes: To syndicate quality journalism about climate change to other media outlets, and to provide a daily aggregation highlighting the best news on climate change from around the globe.
Since November 2008, the Daily Climate has commissioned and published high-quality enterprise pieces on unheralded and oft-overlooked aspects of climate science. Those reports are published along with a daily compilation of news about climate change from mainstream media sources around the world. An index, with links to the stories, can be found in the TDC Newsroom.
Editorial direction is determined by the Daily Climate’s editor, Douglas Fischer, in consultation with the Daily Climate’s editorial board.
The Daily Climate is published every morning (US East Coast time) by Environmental Health Sciences, a global nonprofit media company with headquarters in Charlottesville, Va. It offers a free daily e-letter with summaries and links to the best 15 stories of the day.
Using a combination of automated and manual searches, staff at Environmental Health Sciences review thousands of mainstream news outlets, from center right to center left, every day to locate stories about climate change, including new scientific discoveries, causes, consequences, solutions, and politics. We also bring in stories about energy technologies that are being explored as possible solutions.
Editors review the materials gathered by our team of web researchers and select the top dozen or so stories to be distributed daily in a free newsletter (via subscription) and be published on the Daily Climate’s front page. The others, usually between 30 and 100, are available via a link to the rest of today's news. Articles in the archives can be located using text searches.
We look for all relevant stories in the mainstream press that are published on the web. Most of our sources are daily newspapers and weekly or monthly news magazines. They include English language newspapers with international audiences like the New York Times, the London Guardian and the Jakarta Post; the major newswires like the Associated Press and Agence France-Presse; as well as medium-sized newspapers and small locals published in towns across the US, the UK, India, Australia and New Zealand. We will often post links to radio or television stories. We also cover scientific journals that carry articles relevant to environment and health, such as Science and Nature, and science magazines like New Scientist and Science News. We also survey several chemical and medical publications like Chemical & Engineering News. We post articles from neither the environmental press nor the business trade press.
Usually we carry the headline and lede as they ran in the original publication. We alter them only when changes would convey to readers more precisely what the article is about and where it took place. We want to make it easy for Daily Climate readers to decide quickly whether it is worth their while to follow the link to the original.
dfischer [at] dailyclimate.org
Journalist Douglas Fischer has spent 16 years covering subjects ranging from climate science to pesticides to energy development.
Since 2008, he has served as editor of DailyClimate.org, a journalism site that syndicates news about climate change and science to media outlets worldwide and also aggregates mainstream news on climate change. He is also a senior member of the editorial team at Environmental Health Sciences, the non-profit publisher of Daily Climate, where he helps guide the organization’s editorial content.
Before switching to the Web, Fischer spent eight years covering the environment for the Oakland Tribune and a number of San Francisco Bay Area papers, including the San Jose Mercury News and the Contra Costa Times. Prior to that he spent five years in Fairbanks, Alaska, at the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, where, among other hats, he was the paper’s restaurant reviewer. He started his journalism career New York City, in Newsweek’s Letters Department.
His articles have won numerous national and regional awards, among them an Award of Merit from the inaugural Grantham Prize, the world’s largest journalism prize. Data from one of his investigations, of a typical family’s chemical body burden, was published in a peer-reviewed article in a leading public health journal in 2006, and he has lectured on environmental health and journalism in conferences, seminars and classrooms across the country.
Fischer has a degree in philosophy from Columbia University and lives with his wife and two children in Bozeman, Mont. He is a Board member of the Society of Environmental Journalists.
pdykstra [at] ehn.org
During a 17-year career at CNN, Peter Dykstra was executive producer for science, environment, weather and technology coverage. He shared an Emmy award for CNN's coverage of the 1993 Mississippi River floods; a Dupont-Columbia Award for the network's reporting on the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami; and a Peabody Award for the 2005 coverage of Hurricane Katrina.
Prior to CNN, Dykstra was national media director for Greenpeace, setting up the organization's U.S. media operations.
In 2009, he launched Science Nation, a video news series, for the National Science Foundation. From 2009 to 2011, he was a deputy director at The Pew Charitable Trusts, in charge of web, print and broadcast communications for the Pew Environment Group.
Dykstra is a former Board member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and serves on the Advisory Board for the Mother Nature Network, an online environmental news site, and the Ted Scripps Environmental Journalism Fellowships at the University of Colorado. Dykstra is a judge for the Oakes Award for Environmental Journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and he was a jurist for the National Academy of Sciences Communications Awards
Dykstra has a Bachelor of Science degree in communication from Boston University and lives in Conyers, Georgia. He and his wife Meryl have three grown children.
John Peterson "Pete" Myers
Founder, chief scientist
Environmental Health Sciences
Pete Myers provides overall leadership for DailyClimate.org and EnvironmentalHealthNews.org, focusing on strategic planning, public outreach and development of the news sites' parent organization, Environmental Health Sciences.
Myers has a Ph.D. in biology from University of California, Berkeley. His prior appointments include 12 years as director of the W. Alton Jones Foundation and three years as senior vice president for science at the National Audubon Society. He began speaking and writing about climate change in the late 1980s and led the W. Alton Jones Foundation’s philanthropy on climate. He has also served as board chair of the National Environmental Trust and currently is on the board of the Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment.
Funding for the Daily Climate comes from a variety of sources, including the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Oak Foundation, the West Wind Foundation, the Mill River Foundation Fund of The Boston Foundation and the Overbrook Foundation, as well as individual donations from the general public. The Kendeda Fund provides core support to EHS. Software was developed in a collaboration with the Edgerton Foundation.
EHS is a project of Virginia Organizing (Charlottesville, Va), an umbrella organization providing back-office and administrative support to EHS and the Daily Climate. Gifts to Virginia Organizing for the Daily Climate qualify as charitable contributions. If you are interested in helping us expand our coverage of climate news, a donation can be made via a secure channel here. Financial information about Virginia Organizing is available on the Guidestar database.
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