Sunday, September 18, 2016

Climate Central’s ‘Pulp Fiction’ Wins National Award

Climate Central’s groundbreaking series Pulp Fiction was honored by the Online News Association with its annual award for explanatory journalism at its national convention on Saturday.

Logs in forest (Credit: Ted Blanco/Climate Central) Click to Enlarge.
Pulp Fiction, a three-part series, explained how the harvesting of trees in the U.S. to be burned in power plants and considered renewable energy in Europe is threatening to warm the planet faster than burning coal.

The series was also named a finalist for the John B. Oakes Award, given by the Columbia School of Journalism for excellence in environmental journalism.
Since the series was published last fall, the European Commission has launched an investigation into the impacts of British wood energy subsidies for the power plant that was the focus of the series, and its officials have separately begun working to overhaul the rules that promote those subsidies.

Even as Europe tries to wind back its support for the harmful energy source, Congress has been trying to pass laws that would prevent the federal government from regulating climate pollution from wood energy — similar to the destructive policies in place on the other side of the Atlantic.

Read the full Pulp Fiction series here:
Part 1 (Oct. 20, 2015) The European Accounting Error That's Warming the Planet 
Part 2 (Oct. 21, 2015) The American Trees That Are Electrifying Europe
Part 3 (Oct. 22, 2015) Wood Burning May Play Big Role In EPA’s New Rules

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