According to a report in Inside Climate News, The New York Times will dismantle its environment desk and reassign the remaining reporters and editors to other departments. Two positions are being eliminated and, at this point, the future of the Green Blog is uncertain.
Managing editor for news operations Dean Baquet said it was a “structural matter,” and that “coverage of the environment is what separates The New York Times from other papers.” Baquet added that the Times has not “lost any desire for environmental coverage.”
The move was necessary, according to Baquet, because when the desk was created in 2009, covering the environment was seen largely as “singular and isolated,” but today its part of many other subjects and much more complex.
The move comes after “The Daily Climate reported that worldwide coverage of climate change continued a three-year slide in 2012”—and that out of the five largest daily newspapers, the Times saw the largest increase in coverage.
By dispersing the environment desk staff to other departments, the Times may not be showing a retreat on how much importance they place on “climate change” coverage. But thanks to the continued poor financial performance of the paper, it will likely mean less concentrated coverage than in the past and that is certainly good for the environment.