Texas Climate News is a non-profit magazine about climate and sustainability, founded in 2008. We publish public-interest journalism, based on traditional principles of independent-mindedness, accuracy and fairness.
Texas Climate News has four sections:
- Our own original, in-depth reporting appears in Feature Stories.
- Our blog, TCN Journal, is a mix of reporting and analysis, often excerpting and pointing to recommended reading elsewhere.
- In Featured Reports, we publish full-length articles on climate and sustainability from other non-profit news outlets.
- A selection of links to coverage by news organizations in Texas and beyond is found in Other Reports.
TCN does not publish editorials or commentary articles, but occasionally discusses and quotes from such pieces published by others.
The editor of TCN is Bill Dawson, a journalist and writer who also taught in the environmental studies program at Rice University from 2005-09.
He was the Houston Chronicle’s environment writer from 1984 to 2001. From 2001-03, he was senior writer for environmental issues at the non-profit Center for Public Integrity, which carries out investigative reporting in the public interest.
Dawson’s work as an independent journalist since 2003 has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Texas Tribune and Yale Forum on Climate Change & the Media.
TCN is published as a public service by the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), a non-profit, non-partisan organization in The Woodlands, Texas.
HARC describes itself as “a research hub providing independent analysis on energy, air, and water issues to people seeking scientific answers.” It is “focused on building a sustainable future that helps people thrive and nature flourish.”
TCN’s editors and writers are not HARC employees. They make all editorial decisions independently, without direction or influence from HARC, its partners and funders.
Texas Climate News exists because of generous financial support from foundations and readers.
Currently, two Houston foundations support TCN with grants:
- Houston Endowment, TCN’s principal financial backer since 2008, “a private philanthropic foundation that improves life for the people of the greater Houston area through its contributions to charitable organizations and educational institutions.”
- The Jacob and Terese Hershey Foundation, “a private foundation dedicated to the preservation and conservation of parks, open space and wildlife habitat, human population control, and to animal protection.”
Previous grants were received from two other philanthropic organizations based in Houston – the Brown Foundation and the Powell Foundation.
Texas Climate News began accepting financial support from readers in 2012.
You can make a personal, tax-deductible donation to help continue our work. Readers’ donations are used to commission original, in-depth articles by freelance journalists.
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More about TCN
Read a statement introducing TCN upon its launch in 2008.
Contact Texas Climate News by email. Or send mail to Texas Climate News, Houston Advanced Research Center, 4800 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77381.