Climate Journalism Lab

  • How the Allen Coral Atlas is mapping and monitoring coral reefs worldwide
    Although coral reefs occupy less than one percent of the ocean floor, their importance extends well beyond their size. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimates that 500 million people survive on coral reefs for income, and their economic value in the U.S. is estimated at $3.4 billion each year. More importantly, healthy coral reefs … Read more
  • How The New York Times visualized racist historical redlining and urban heat
    In late August, The New York Times published “How Decades of Racist Housing Policy Left Neighborhoods Sweltering,” a visual reckoning on historical redlining, persistent racial inequality and who feels increased urban heat across U.S. cities today. The project, led by Times climate graphics editor Nadja Popovich and Times climate reporter Brad Plumer, opens with a … Read more
  • How Circle of Blue investigated freshwater issues in Texas
    While 70% of our planet’s surface is covered in water, only 3% of it is fresh water – and most of that is packed away in glaciers and polar ice caps, out of human reach. The limited freshwater resources that we do have access to — groundwater, lakes, rivers and ponds — are shrinking under … Read more
  • Five ways organizations are visualizing carbon emissions
    Climate change is a global issue and scientists and journalists alike are increasingly making climate-related data more visible and accessible. Understanding the major causes and contributors to emissions of CO2, the most prevalent of greenhouse gases, through data visualizations can help corporations, governments and the public address areas in need of reduced environmental impact. Here … Read more
  • How the New York Times visualized auto carbon emissions in the U.S. and your city
    When data visualization guru Alberto Cairo visited Northeastern University in October, he said data visualization is not so much about simplifying a complex issue or set of information. Rather, it’s all about clarifying. A recent New York Times piece, “The Most Detailed Map of Auto Emissions in America,” does precisely that. Using Boston University’s Database … Read more