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Climate change

Climate change is full of stories for business journalists. (Image by "robynm" via Pixabay, CCO Creative Commons)

Climate change and the business reporter

Climate change is an enormous topic for science writers. But those changes don’t exist in a vacuum. You can’t modify climate, sea level, storm severity and other systemic shifts without

Business journalists who want to cover climate change for a local audience can focus on the impact on agriculture. ("Calf" image by "zdenet" via Pixabay, CCO Creative Commons)

How to localize climate change through agriculture

Discussions about climate change usually center around global temperatures and the general state of the environment. The relevance to a local audience isn’t always apparent. A person in Arizona, for

Farming plays a major role in many U.S. regions. These recent reports highlight some of the big topics reporters should keep in mind. (Image by "tpsdave" via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain)

Agriculture update: Six great reads

Farming is a vital part of the American landscape. According to the USDA, agriculture, food, and related industries contributed $992 billion to U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) in 2015, a 5.5-percent share.

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Resources for covering the energy and sustainability beat

The sustainability movement often makes headlines, but not always for its impact on businesses. Here are four resources to explore when reporting on energy and sustainability from a business perspective. Get


Reporting the economic impact of winter storms

Each winter, some regions brace for major weather events and blizzards that can dramatically affect local and national economies. Some storms bring with them dangerous travel conditions, public and private

Pope Francis weighs in on climate change

The full text of Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change was released by the Vatican on Thursday. While highlights of the document were leaked earlier this week, the complete encyclical

Western drought begins to affect housing starts

The drought in the western United States has led to water restrictions in California and an increased awareness about the water usage by almonds and other kinds of crops. Earlier this

The cost of the California drought

After four years in a row of drought, California is getting serious about tackling its water problem. Last week, the state ordered usage to be cut by 25 percent, which

Mainstreaming climate change: The issue of our age

Years ago, Gannett pioneered “mainstreaming” of minorities and others on the margins of conventional news coverage. For example, instead of having a minority business beat, newspapers should integrate minority owners,

Who finds work during storm cleanup?

Back-to-back natural disasters in the form of the Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan – one of the largest such storms ever recorded – and the tornadoes that devastated Illinois and other parts

Covering California’s Cap-and-Trade Law

The free webinar, “California’s Cap-and-Trade Law — What You Need to Know,” took place Oct. 29, 2012. California’s cap-and-trade program to limit carbon emissions economywide kicks into high gear in

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