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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.

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

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.

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Climate Confidential BIOGRAPHY

Erica Gies is an independent journalist who writes about the core requirements for life: water and energy. Her work appears in various outlets, including The New York Times, the Guardian UK, Scientific American, The Economist, and Ensia.

Mary Catherine O’Connor is an independent journalist whose work makes relevant both the bleeding edge of cleantech innovations and the often invisible impacts of human development. Her work has been published by Outside, Fast Company, Wired, Smithsonian and CBS-interactive’s Smart Planet.

Amy Westervelt is an award-winning environmental journalist whose work has appeared in a variety of publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fast Company and Slate. She writes primarily about the environment and health, and often about the intersection of the two.

Ucilia Wang covers renewable energy and other cleantech sectors for publications such as GigaOm, Forbes, the U.K. Guardian, The Wall Street Journal and MIT Technology Review. She’s out running the rapids in her red river kayak when she’s not chasing down stories.

Celeste LeCompte covers innovation and the environment from her home base in San Francisco and her home away from home, Guangzhou, China. Her work has been published by Scientific American, Smithsonian, Outside, BusinessWeek and others.

Josie Garthwaite is a journalist and editor covering science, environment, and innovation. Her work has been published by Discover, MIT Technology Review, National Geographic, The New York Times, Smithsonian, and Wired, among others. She’s based in San Francisco.

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