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Severe weather, drought, blackouts: today’s big stories are environmental stories. Climate Confidential will highlight the headaches and the opportunities and help you learn how to thrive in a resource-constrained world. We are a collective of seasoned freelance journalists with a combined 90 years of experience.

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The world is a bit broken. We’re telling the stories of promising fixes — and the fixers.

Here at Climate Confidential, we’ll scour the latest research and talk with leading experts to bring you the ideas and innovations that have a real shot at changing our world—and our lives—for the better. We’ll bring you stories of scientists and entrepreneurs who are shaping our future, and communities where environmental issues are playing out.

We are a collective of seasoned freelance journalists with a combined 90 years of experience covering environmental issues and technology development for some of the country’s leading newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Smithsonian, The Economist, Wired, Forbes and The Wall Street Journal. But more than that, we are a group of storytellers whose talents and interests dovetail at a time and place where rapid changes — from a melting Arctic to a blossoming of renewable energy projects — give our reporting urgency.

Climate Confidential is Amy Westervelt, Ucilia Wang, Celeste LeCompte, Josie Garthwaite, Mary Catherine O’Connor and Erica Gies.

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You won’t find our stories wrought with drama and hyperbole, as the nod to the Noir genre in our name may imply. But you will find us uncovering stories about tech solutions, firebrands, discord, and boondoggles that have until now been lurking in the shadows.

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Necessity may be the mother of invention, but a sense of play often provides a creative spark. And there’s nothing like a high-stakes game to inspire dogged determination and heroic performance (just ask Tim Howard), which may be just the spirit we need to tackle climate change. For our July issue, the Climate Confidential team will explore environmental challenges and promising solutions through the lens of competition, games, and… 

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