The 50 “most prolific” writers on climate change in 2010, including me? Globe and Mail, meanwhile, let’s coverage fall by halfTuesday, January 11th, 2011
I was surprised to find myself on a list from Daily Climate that ranks those journalists around the world who best covered climate change issues in 2010. My inclusion was based on stories I wrote for the Toronto Star, and according to the list I wrote 35 stories for the year, giving me a rank of 46th — far from leader Andrew Revkin, environmental blogger/reporter extraordinaire from the New York Times, who topped the list with 146 stories. Frankly, I don’t feel I cover climate change enough, and I wonder if my blog posts were mistakenly included. I’m not an environmental reporter per se, though my focus on green energy and clean technologies obviously gives me grounds to write frequently about a broad range of environmental issues, including climate change, which occupies my mind daily. I’m happy to be on the list, but what’s disappointing is the overall results, as reporting dropped 22 per cent in 2010 compared to 2009. Daily Climate, however, singled out the New York Times, Reuters, Associated Press and the London Guardian for keeping most active on the issue. At the same time, other papers have dropped the ball, including Canada’s Globe and Mail, which let its coverage fall by 51 per cent. Shame.