No one got fired, but Timesmanaging editorDean Baquet tells InsideClimate New's Katherine Bagley that the dedicated environment desk will fold over the next few weeks. "We have not lost any desire for environmental coverage," Baquet assures, saying that environment stories will be embedded in business, national, and local coverage. "This is purely a structural matter." There's no word yet on the fate of the , which has been edited from the environment desk.
Lots ofand weren't happy about the news.TheGuardian'sUS deputy editor Staurt Millar was one of the many critics who noticed a symbolic disconnect between the paper's announcement and its current front page, teasing aabout extreme weather becoming the new normal in countries around the world.
On day NYT closes environment desk, it runs this on front page - extreme weather becoming more frequent and intenseStuart Millar (@stuartmillar159)
But others thought this might be a good move for the paper's environment coverage, freeing up reporters and better integrating coverage with the rest of the paper. Quartz science reporter Christropher Mimsthe move could take climate coverage out of isolation, andScientific American blog editor Bora Zivkovic agreed.
Topic/beat that is ghettoed in its own newspaper section is easily recycled without reading... mix it up! Throw it at unsuspecting readers.Bora Zivkovic (@BoraZ)
Environment reporting in general has been declining in recent years. But the Times has been running more environment stories than ,according to a recent study by theCenter for Science & Technology Policy Research. On Wednesday, theTimesran aprovocative above the front-page fold, alonside the news that 2012 saw the hottest U.S. temperature average on record.