Yet all hope is not lost. Miller expressed optimism about the “indy” news sites Environmental Health News and Yale Environment 360 that are picking up some of the slack, and science blogs, which often cover environmental stories, are flourishing. PIEC plans to take a closer look at those sources in future reports, which will provide a more complete map of the media’s green shoots and brown patches.

 

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Curtis Brainard is the editor of The Observatory, CJR's online critique of science and environment reporting. Follow him on Twitter @cbrainard.