5 ways Reuters covers climate change

Discover a wealth of news, features and analysis on the latest environmental issues – including climate change, energy, and pollution.

By  Clare Cavanagh | Content discovery | Jan 31, 2019

While the climate system is highly complex, it cannot be ignored. At Reuters, we deliver coverage focused on all aspects of environmental news – climate change, energy, pollution, and more. We also cover the political debate over global warming and report on how nature has a ripple effect on business. 

Let’s take a closer look at how we cover climate change…

Coping with climate change

During the U.N.’s 24th Conference in Katowice (COP24), David Attenborough took to the stage to give a powerful talk on the subject that brought 20,000 people together to discuss climate change. He told the audience (comprised of attendees from over 190 countries) that climate change is “our greatest threat”. Attenborough encouraged world leaders to make real changes to the “man-made disaster of global scale” to avoid the collapse of civilizations and extinction of the natural world.

Sir Attenborough: ‘Leaders, the world is in your hands’

What’s happening underwater?

After COP24, climate change remains a key discussion point. We aim to deliver accurate, impartial and up-to-date information about this issue as it continues to be debated.
 
In ‘Ocean Shock’, Reuters journalists have provided their research data and findings that reveal the extent of the natural disaster unfolding in the depths of the underwater world. Migration for sea life has become a vital factor since currents are shifting which are not visible from land. They have discovered how the unprecedented warming has affected the billions of animals and plants under water.

Ocean shock

The human story: Snowfall hits Lebanon’s mountains

Lebanon, which has provided a new home to those who fled for safety from the Syrian war, has recently suffered through an extreme snow storm. The strong winds – and exceptional level of snow brought on by cold temperatures – have caused severe damage to refugee camps.

Reuters journalists interviewed people who were already living in poverty and are now seeking warm and dry areas to survive the aftermath of the storm.

Snowfall hits Lebanon’s mountains

Which animal species will soon become extinct?

Our partner Accuweather provides exclusive and captivating content relating to breaking weather news and the impact weather has on nature across the world.

In the video below, they identified the most recent species of certain animals that will soon fail to exist, highlighting the dire effect climate change has had on creatures and their habitats on land, sea and sky.

These animal species will soon become extinct

Covering the impact of warming oceans on ice sheets…

Last year, we released a series of multimedia interactive graphics focused on climate change in Greenland. The series, by Photographer Lucas Jackson, Data Journalist Travis Hartman, Graphics Editor Christine Chan and Digital Editor Elizabeth Culliford, explores in detail how NASA scientists are studying the impact of warming oceans on ice sheets, in order to improve sea level rise projections.

Covering the research itself and not just the results would differentiate our climate change coverage from others”

Lucas Jackson – Reuters photographer

The content captured by Lucas includes very powerful images that are both overwhelmingly beautiful and alarming. As their one-month research project came to an end, he was able to witness the rapid pace of an enormous section of ice breaking and provide us with this very moving video. As the discussions around climate change continue, this content provides a real and thought-provoking insight into how vital every minute has become in order to make big changes.

Greenland series

These images show how economic and resourceful changes have been affected in certain industries and the outcomes that have changed their lives.

These stories signify potential danger and risks – such as extreme heat, floods, drought, and poverty – for millions of people across the world.