A new climate news web site from a major world news organization? Thomson Reuters has announced by press release that it will launch tomorrow -- Friday, Dec. 11, 2009 -- an as-yet unnamed website at a press event in Copenhagen (9 am local time). The release describes it thus: "Thomson Reuters' new climate website takes you to climate change's front line. Combining the news resources of Reuters with on-the-ground reports, analysis and blogs by leading climate thinkers, researchers, policy-makers, business people and aid workers, alertnet.org/climate takes a daily look at how our shifting climate is affecting the lives and livelihoods of the world's poorest and most vulnerable." The release was distributed on the listserve FOI-L, but has not yet been posted on the Web.
We will see. Reuters already produces a larger volume of climate news than almost any other news organization.
The site is being produced through Alertnet, a humanitarian project of the Reuters Foundation. Reuters currently is a partner supporting the non-profit Australian organization Planet Ark, which has a world environmental news Web site.