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Required skimming: climate change

Deniers beware
August 23, 2013

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers’ beats and obsessions. If we overlooked any of your must-read destinations, please tell us in the comments.

InsideClimate News The energy and climate science covering website is technically a startup, but you couldn’t tell based on their polished enterprise reporting–published by a team of remote staffers and contributors. (The team behind their Pulitzer Prize winning series, covering the ecological effects of harvesting a controversial type of oil, had famously never met before the awards ceremonies.)

The Daily Climate Alongside their own reporting, the independent website offers a curated collection of the most important climate stories of the day, from a variety of sources. (Even better, they send out a daily newsletter with summaries of the best 15 climate stories of the day.) They often aggregate several stories on a single subject, saying that “readers who come to want to see a wide range of how issues are being covered by the mainstream press.” If you’re there, you’ll probably want to see that, too.

Skeptical Science founder John Cook isn’t a climate scientist. He is, however, scientifically minded enough to scour the peer reviewed literature on climate change and wield his findings to combat skeptics. A good starting place is his roster of most used climate myths, and their rebuttals, including, “It’s the sun,” “It’s not bad,” and “There is no consensus.”

Real Climate Climate science, by climate scientists. Real Climate’s been around for almost a decade and the frequently updated blog, which responds to most big climate stories with a dissemination of the science, is a great resource for the environmentally inclined. (Or, hey, journalists on deadline.)

Climate Central A digital hybrid, Climate Central publishes traditional peer reviewed research–ranging from reports on sea-level rise to the social effects of global temperature rise–synthesizing the findings in clear, information-dense blog posts.

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Alexis Sobel Fitts is a senior writer at CJR. Follow her on Twitter at @fittsofalexis.