Climate Journalism Honored at Pulitzers


An oil pipeline stretches across the landscape outside Prudhoe Bay in North Slope Borough, Alaska on May 25, 2019. This photo was featured prominently in The Washington Post's Pulitzer prize-winning series 2°C: Beyond the Limit. Bonnie Jo Mount / The Washington Post via Getty Images

Environment and climate stories made strong showings in this year’s Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists, which were announced Monday.

The Washington Post won the top prize for explanatory reporting for its “2°C: Beyond the Limit” series, which used temperature data from across the globe to examine places where warming has already exceeded the 2 degrees C threshold.

Other climate-related stories were also named as finalists across several different categories, including The New York Times’s work on the Trump administration’s war on science; the Los Angeles Times’s explanatory reporting on how Californians are adapting to sea level rise; the Wall Street Journal’s series on PG&E’s failures in the lead up to, and aftermath of, the deadly Camp Fire; a Minneapolis Star Tribune editorial on a copper mine’s water pollution; and a feature piece in the Boston Globe on how climate change is threatening Cape Cod.

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Links to Pulitzer pieces: Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Star Tribune, Boston Globe

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