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If you’re not one of the seemingly countless reporters or editors lucky enough to cover the United Nations’ climate summit in Paris, not to worry — you can track the negotiations readily from afar.

Dozens of websites provide virtual access to the proceedings, along with background information and pretty much everything else you might want, short of face time with diplomats.

How can you track down those resources? The new Reporter’s Guide to Climate Adaptation from the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute makes it easy.

Launched just ahead of the summit in late November, the free, mobile-friendly guide provides ready access to numerous sites, especially those focused on how society will prepare for climate risks to come.

Find UN drafts, live streams, backgrounders and story ideas

Through the website, you will find background reports, draft documentation, live streaming video and event updates, as well as news coverage of day-to-day developments. Each resource listing comes with a rundown of the source, and tips on how best to use it.

The guide has more than 200 annotated resources in its database, organized into dozens of categories focused on risks, policies, regions, type of source and timeliness of the information.

Say you’re a reporter wanting to familiarize yourself with the general background on United Nations climate proceedings. Through the guide, you can make your way to the U.N.’s main Paris Climate Change Conference Information Hub. Once you’re up to speed, you can pay a visit to the virtual U.N. Climate Change Newsroom.

If you want to dig deeper on one of the more controversial aspects of the negotiations — how nations will pay for the climate adaptation believed necessary in coming decades — the guide will take you to the Green Climate Fund, the international repository for what is expected will be  billions of dollars in projects.

Continue covering the issues after the summit ends

Fodder for other stories can be easily found elsewhere in the guide, accessed through lists of particular risks and policies, floods and droughts, private investment, and health care.

For example, if you’re interested in climate refugees, you can locate a governmental institute focused on cross-border displacement. Another multilateral site helps you dig into local and regional climate initiatives. Research institutes can help you suss out the science of climate, while advocacy groups can illuminate interlocking concerns like climate and poverty.

Many news organizations are covering the conference heavily. The resource guide can help you track climate reporting from a range of mainstream sources such as Public Radio International’s Living on Earth, the news partnership of the Climate Desk or The Christian Science Monitor.

The guide will also help you unearth reporting resources from more specialized sources such as ClimateWire, the U.N. talks section of The Daily Climate, the news pages of Climate Central, the Today’s Climate section of, and Yale Climate Connections.

For those with an eye on social media coverage, you’ll be guided to some unique sources, such as Twitter’s “Moments” coverage from Paris, or the tens of thousands of summit images found on Instagram. [For a handy feed of social media news on climate adaptation from Paris, the Guide’s editors put together a curated quick-read of the latest posts.]

To get started, visit or, for short,

Learn more about the project.

A. Adam Glenn  


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