SPJ 2020 Journalism Conference • Sept. 12-13, 2020

Hot Topic

By Billy O'Keefe

MELANIE HICKEN / The Working Press
Global warming is the biggest environmental story of the 21st century, and journalists should be prepared to cover it. Here are some places to go for background information and creative story ideas on the issue.
• “Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature and Climate Change” has in-depth background information.
• Pew Center on Global Climate Change, http://www.pewclimate.org, is one place to go for general information.
• U.S. Green Building Council, http://www.usgbc.org, for specialized information on sustainable building design and construction.
• United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, http://www.unfccc.int, to find news stories and important documents about the Kyoto Protocol and other actions the U.N. is taking against climate change.
• Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, http://www.ipcc.ch, for information on countries that are working together to further study the effects of climate change and ways to prevent it.

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