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Mission

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. Our reporting, editing and publishing adheres to the highest standards of journalism, including honesty, accuracy, balance and objectivity.

The Daily Climate creates, publishes and distributes content of the highest possible quality and integrity

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. 

About Daily Climate

The Daily Climate was formed in 2007 with 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.

The Daily Climate is funded by foundations and readers and does not accept money from interest groups.

Editorial direction is determined by the Daily Climate’s editor, Brian Bienkowski. An index of our reporting can be found in our Newsroom. The Daily Climate is funded by foundations and readers and does not accept money from interest groups.

The Daily Climate is published every morning (US East Coast time) by Environmental Health Sciences, a 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.

Aggregation

Using a combination of automated and manual searches, staff at Environmental Health Sciences review hundreds of mainstream news outlets, from center right to center left, daily 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. 

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

We look for all relevant stories in the mainstream press that are published on the web. Most of our sources are daily and online media outlets 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 United States, United Kingdom, India, Australia, Africa. 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 only rarely post articles from the environmental press and 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.

Why we sometimes publish things you don’t like.

Our team aggregates hundreds of stories and opinion pieces on vital issues every week involving health, pollution, nature, energy and more. Passions run high on these topics and both the science and politics can be intense and contentious.

We have a high opinion of our readership, and we don’t believe that you need to be protected from exposure to news perspectives or opinions you may strongly disagree with. Our assumption is that we’re serving our audience by showing you as much as possible about what’s being written and reported on the topics we all care about. You may not like everything we post. But as journalists, we’re committed to showing you the whole picture.

Staff

John Peterson "Pete" MyersPete Myers
Founder, chief scientist
Environmental Health Sciences
Charlottesville, Va.

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.

 

Douglas FischerDouglas Fischer
Executive Director
Environmental Health Sciences
Bozeman, Mont.

dfischer [at] dailyclimate.org

406-219-3816

Journalist Douglas Fischer has spent 18 years covering subjects ranging from climate science to pesticides to energy development.

From 2008 to 2015, he 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. Starting in 2015 he is the director of Environmental Health Sciences, the non-profit publisher of Daily Climate and EHN.org, where he guides the organization’s funding efforts and 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 and an elected trustee of the Bozeman public schools district.

 

Brian Bienkowskinull
Senior Editor
Daily Climate and Environmental Health News
Holland, Mich.

bbienkowski [at] EHN.org

Journalist Brian Bienkowski serves editor of The Daily Climate and its sister site, Environmental Health News. He was part of the reporting team that won an Oakes Award honorable mention for EHN's 2012 series, Pollution, Poverty, People of Color. He also won a 2013 award for Outstanding Beat Reporting from the Society of Environmental Journalists for his coverage of the Great Lakes region at EHN.

As a graduate student Bienkowski served as a reporter and assistant editor at Great Lakes Echo. He has contributed to newspapers throughout Michigan, as well as local and national magazines. Prior to attending graduate school he worked in manufacturing and urban agriculture.

He holds a master’s degree in environmental journalism and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Michigan State University. He lives with his miniature dachshund in Holland, Mich.

 

Peter DykstraDykstra-225T
Editor, Weekend Reader
DailyClimate.org
EnvironmentalHealthNews.org
Conyers, Ga.

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 former 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 has three grown children. 

Funding

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, the Overbrook Foundation and the UN Foundation, as well as individual donations from the general public. 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.

 

Environmental Health Sciences

Environmental Health Sciences was founded in 2002 and has published EnvironmentalHealthNews.org daily since June 2003.

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Staff
Laura Pyle Brunton - Editor, Research Supervisor

Web Researchers
Jim Germond
Megan McLaughlin

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