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Tools: Environmental Reporting

Last Updated July 28, 2022

On this page, you'll find databases, tools, and guides to reporting stories related to the environment, climate change, sustainability, and other related topics.

A Guide to Covering Climate Equitably

Link: The Solutions Project

About: “Covering Climate Equitably: A Guide for Journalists is designed to help journalists source, report and write climate and clean energy stories that include an equity lens.”

EJSCREEN: Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool

Link: EPA

Creator: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Summary: EJSCREEN is a mapping tool that combines demographic and environmental information about any geographic area in the United States, to provide insights about environmental justice.

About: “In order to better meet the Agency’s responsibilities related to the protection of public health and the environment, EPA has developed a new environmental justice (EJ) mapping and screening tool called EJSCREEN. It is based on nationally consistent data and an approach that combines environmental and demographic indicators in maps and reports.”


Creator: Global Alliance on Health and Pollution

Summary: An online, free map tool that visualizes global data on air pollution, contaminated sites, lead pollution, and pollution deaths.

About: “ is envisioned as a site for policymakers and the public alike to find, understand, and interpret data about the pollution crisis affecting us all. Most importantly, the site seeks to start conversations about solutions and to collect data on what is working. Following the publication of The Lancet Commission on Pollution + Health, this website was developed to collect and present credible, up-to-date datasets on exposures related to modern pollution.”

Aqueduct: Water Risk Atlas

Link: World Resources Institute

Creator: World Resources Institute (non-profit)

About: “Aqueduct’s tools map water risks such as floods, droughts, and stress, using open-source, peer reviewed data. Beyond the tools, the Aqueduct team works one-on-one with companies, governments, and research partners to help advance best practices in water resources management and enable sustainable growth in a water-constrained world.”

Air Data: Air Quality Data, United States

Link: EPA

Creator: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (U.S. government)

Summary: This resource includes downloadable datasets and air quality monitoring from outdoor monitors all over the United States. There are also summary reports, data visualizations, and technical reports.

About: “The AirData website gives you access to air quality data collected at outdoor monitors across the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U. S. Virgin Islands. The data comes primarily from the AQS (Air Quality System) database.”

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