OK. What do the following cities and communities have in common?
- Dove Creek, Colorado
- London, England
- Nelson, British Columbia
- Peterborough, Ontario
- Vancouver, British Columbia
- Victoria, British Columbia
The name of this webpage is a clue. The page spotlights the examples of different types of media organizations and how they broadcast and publish global CO2 levels for their audiences and readers.
And so, each city and town in the list is the home of a media station or outlet that has taken the small but important step of adding atmospheric CO2 to the content they broadcast, print and share. Each place is the home of a media-broadcast innovator which does something that is simple but imporant, and which, so far, very few media outlets have started.
This page is for media producers, users and advertisers who may be thinking of whether or how to make global CO2 updates a regular part of the media content they generate or consume. The examples are provided to help you and others visualize what some new and different CO2 media products could look like. The examples are presented with links to reasons that media outlets have given for putting global CO2 levels on display. Plus, this page assembles a variety of sources and resources that can be useful for starting and maintaining a new CO2 broadcast.
The CO2 media examples are organized into tabs. Other CO2.Earth pages of potential interest are listed below.
- Daily CO2 A leading source of CO2 data for media broadcasters
- CO2 Records A list of all-time high-levels of CO2 in the atmosphere
- CO2 for Print Graphics available for use by newspapers and print media
- CO2 Q&As In Progress: A future learning hub for finding info about CO2 levels
CO2 Broadcasts on the Radio
CO2 is in the air and on air when you're tuned into Canada's CBC Radio One on Vancouver Island. We are pleased to spotlight Gregor Craigie and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as pioneers in CO2 broadcasting. It's the first radio station we know of to broadcast global CO2 levels on a daily basis.
CBC Radio One (Canada)
Since September 2019, the morning business segment of CBC Radio's On The Island now includes the latest daily CO2 reading as part of its stock market update. The CO2 readings were added by Gregor Craigie, the host of On The Island which broadcasts to Greater Victoria and the whole of Vancouver Island, and to anyone who tunes in with the CBC Listen app for web or mobile.
The show illustrates how simple it is to make CO2 a part of a radio show that serves as a local journal of record. It's "must listen" example for hosts of radio shows, station managers and network executives. And it's an example that listeners can share with the people who program and present information on the station and shows they listen to.
CO2 RADIO BROADCASTS
Oct 15 2019: CBC - On the Island (recording via SoundCloud) | Daily Market CO2 Stock Report - Gregor Craigie
Dec 18 2020: CBC - On the Island | If pollution is dropping during the pandemic, why is CO2 rising? (Interview with Dr. Zwiers)
Recent MLO data for broadcasts: CO2.Earth | Daily CO2
CBC & REASONS FOR BROADCASTING CO2
Sep 24 2019: CBC Radio One (8 minutes) | The relationship between the stock market and CO2 emission levels On the Island with Gregor Craigie
Host Gregor Craigie spoke with Rick Kool, a professor in the School of Environment and Sustainability at Royal Roads University. Professor Kool argues that media outlets should give a daily report on the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, alongside market numbers, to highlight the connections between industrial society and the atmosphere. (Unfortunately, access to the CBC recording expired after 2 years.)
Sep 24 2019: CBC News | Include CO2 emission levels in stock market reports, says B.C. professor
When the market goes up, so do CO2 emissions, says Rick Kool.
Oct 16 2019: Twitter @billmckibben | Tweet by Bill McKibben
CBC Listen | On The Island with Gregor Craigie
CBC Listen | What on Earth with Laura Lynch (another CBC radio show to check out)
CBC Media Centre | About Gregor Craigie
CBC Programs | On the Island
CO2 Broadcasts on Television
To our knowledge, the first regular TV broadcast of atmospheric CO2 readings was started by DCTV in January 2011 in Colorado, and the second by Global News Peterborough in May 2021 in Ontario. We are sharing these pioneering examples for television professionals, advertisers and audiences for considering the start of CO2 readings to serve their station, network, community or market.
Global News - Peterborough (Canada)
On May 10, 2021, Global News on CHEX in Peterborough Ontario made daily CO2 levels a regular part of the weather almanac it presents weekdays at 6 p.m. CO2 reporting was initiated by Peterborough's trusted weather specialist Caley Bedore. Peterborough is east of Toronto.
CO2 TV BROADCASTS
May 10 2021: Twitter via @CaleyBedore CHEX Global | TV Clip (38 sec): First daily CO2 report (417.79 ppm on May 9) on the station and network
Recent MLO data for broadcasts: CO2.Earth | Daily CO2
CHEX GLOBAL & REASONS FOR BROADCASTING CO2
May 11 2021: Global News | TV Clip (2 min 41 sec): CO2 levels in atmosphere rise dispite emissions drop during pandemic
May 11 2021: Global News | Article: CO2 levels in atmosphere rise dispite emissions drop during pandemic
Global News | Peterborough
Delores County TV (DCTV) in Dove Creek, Colorodo is the first television station on the planet to begin regular broadcasting of CO2 levels in the Earth's atmosphere. This small, community-funded television station serves communities in the Four Corners area where four Amercan states converge: Colorado, Utah, Nevada and New Mexico.
Broadcasting of weekly CO2 averages were initiated in January 2011 by Dan Fernandez, Director of DCTV and Manager of the Delores County Broadcast Network (DCBN). Soon after broadcasting began, Fernandez started a long collaboration with Mike McGee, creator of CO2.Earth (CO2Now.org at the time), to produce graphic the station uses to show weekly CO2 levels in its newscasts. The graphic uses weekly average CO2 levels which is measured at the Mauna Loa Observatory and made public by scientists at NOAA headquarters in Boulder, Colorado. Since 2012, young student newscasters with the 4-H club have been using the CO2 graphics in the local DCTV news programs they deliver to viewers in their Delores County community.
Many recordings of the newscasts have been uploaded to the DCTV YouTube Channel. Video samples from the DCTV YouTube channel can be accessed with the links below.
A Decade of CO2 TV Broadcasts (sample newscasts)
Tues. May 4, 2021: DCTV YouTube | DCTV News Program for March 4 2021 (start at 23:20)
Mon. Mar 1 2021: DCTV YouTube | 4H Kids News Program for March 1 2021 (start at 19:30)
Mon. Sep 4 2017: DCTV YouTube | News at Noon September 4, 2017 (start at 15:27)
Mon. May 29 2017: DCTV YouTube | News at Noon May 29, 2017 (start at 19:53)
Mon. Dec 14 2015: DCTV YouTube | News at Noon December 14, 2015 (start at 15:47)
Mon. Dec 7 2015: DCTV YouTube | News at Noon December 7, 2015 (start at 11:53)
Wed. Oct 4 2012: DCTV YouTube | DCTV 4H Kids News for Oct 4 2012 (start of 9:43)
Tues. Sep 27 2011: DCTV YouTube | DCTV 4H Kids News for Sep 27 2011
Thur. Sep 8 2011: DCTV YouTube | DCTV 4H Kids News for Sep 8 2011 (start at 9:04)
RESOURCES FOR TV Broadcasting of Weekly CO2 Levels
Recent MLO data for broadcasts: CO2.Earth | Weekly CO2
Download recent weekly graphics for TV broadcasts and print media: CO2.Earth | CO2 for Print
DCTV & REASONS FOR BROADCASTING CO2
Wayback Machine (2012): CO2Now.org (predecessor of CO2.Earth) | DCTV: The first TV CO2 broadcast on Earth
Delores County | Broadcasting Network (DCBN) and DCTV
DCTV Daily News - Facebook | @DCTVDailyNews
DCTV Daily News - YouTube Channel Videos | DCTV Daily News
CO2 in Print & Digital Media
The Guardian (UK)
Citing its pledge to give the climate crisis even greater priority, plus the 3,000 articles it wrote for its 100 million readers, the Guardian claimed on October 5, 2020, that it is "a leading voice in the fight to save the planet." The links on this page back to the Guardian--the key articles, its pledge on environmental matters, it's team of dedicated environmental writers, its open sharing of reporting methods and its CO2 updates--present a considerable package of evidence that it is doing what it said.
Here's a question to consider. If there is another newspaper or media company that is doing more on climate matters than the Guardian, then what company is it? What media organization is approaching or surpassing the Guardian with respect to some aspect of climate or environmental writing? We assume there are others. If you know of another media company that is an examplar in an area that deserves to be mentioned on this page, please name the company and point to reasons why you consider it an examplar.
Whether the Guardian is the leader in climate and environmental writing, or more simply a leader as it says, the organization is modelling a whole package that stands out here at CO2.Earth. Actions taken by the Guardian suggest that leadership in responsible environmental reporting means that CO2 levels get included on its pages each day it puts out a new edition. It shows that broadcasting CO2 levels is important and simple to do.
If you are questionning the need or utility of CO2 broadcasting because a majority of media companies stick to data on sports, weather and markets, notice that this leader in responsible enviornmental reporting has been reporting CO2 levels since April 2019. And ask how could it achieve that leadership without CO2 on its pages and close to its readers as they read about climate, weather, business, sports, travel, entertainment, fashion, politics and health. Could it suggest that it is a leader in climate and enviromental writing with no ink for the CO2 levels each day those levels change? The example of the Guardian makes it harder for other media companies to claim that they are at the head of the pack on sustainability or responsible communications while leaving their readers or audiences to look elsewhere for CO2 updates.
CO2 publication looks like an integral part of the multiple ways that the Guardian is writing on climate and environmental matters. It is an approach to consider following in some way. The links below show what the Guardian is doing, and other examples on this page show there is a variety of ways to broadcast CO2 levels. For the more challenging task of writing about climate and environmental issues, consider coming back to the Guardian from time to time as a useful resource.
SAMPLE CO2 REPORTS IN THE GUARDIAN
May 2021: Weather page | MLO CO2 for May 18 2019 plus 3 annual comparisons for week of May 9-15, 2021
Nov 2019: Excerpt of email to digital subscribers | MLO CO2 levels for week of Oct 27-Nov 2, 2019
May 2019: Weather page | MLO CO2 for May 20 2019 plus 3 annual comparisons for week of May 12-18, 2019
PRINT RESOURCES FOR WEEKLY CO2
Download recent weekly RBG graphics: CO2.Earth | CO2 Earth via Pics.io
THE GUARDIAN & REASONS FOR BROADCASTING CO2 IN PRINT
Dec 14 2018: The Guardian | The letter to the Guardian that sparked its CO2 reports (see comment by Daniel Scharf)
Apr 5 2019: The Guardian | Why the Guardian is putting global CO2 levels in the paper every day
Apr 5 2019: Twitter | @gretathunberg on Guardian decison to publish CO2 levels with weather reports
May 17 2019: The Guardian | Why the Guardian is changing the language it uses about the environment
Oct 15 2019: The Guardian | Environmental pledge 2019
Oct 16 2019: The Guardian | It's a crisis not a change: 6 Guaridan language changes on climate matters
Oct 31 2019: The Guardian | Guradian environment writers
MEDIA COMPANY LINKS
The Guardian | International edition online
The Guardian | Environment section
The Guardian | Climate change section
The Guardian - Facebook | @theguardian
The Guardian - Twitter | @guardian
Nelson Daily News (Canada)
Each week from late 2009 until July 2010, the Nelson Daily News published a CO2 bulletin which was designed by Mike McGee, creator of CO2.earth, and Michael Jessen, climate change columnist at the paper. Most bulletins featured current CO2 readings for weekly or monthly periods with multi-year comparisons. Some bulletins put a spotlight on emissions and increases in global average temperature.
The CO2 bulletins were sponsored by a real estate agent in the Kootenay region of British Columbia (Nelson and surrounding communities). They stopped when the newspaper century-old newspaper was sold and closed by the new owners. However, the publication of CO2 bulletins as paid advertising space is a model that a paper's sales staff or an advertiser could make happen, and which CO2.Earth can assist through production or guidance.
SAMPLE CO2 REPORTS IN THE NDN
Jan 11 2010: NDN | CO2 Bulletin tear sheet (pdf)
NDN & REASONS FOR BROADCASTING CO2 IN PRINT
Jan 11 2010: NDN | Carbon counter keeps eye on environment: Part 1 (page 1)
Jan 11 2010: NDN | Carbon counter keeps eye on environment: Part 2 (page 4)
MEDIA COMPANY LINKS
Wikipedia | Nelson Daily News (1902 - 2010)
Original Owner | Glacier Media Group
Jul 31 2020: Greg Nesteroff (Wixsite.com) | Former home of the Nelson Daily News
Georgia Strait / Tim Louis Column (Canada)
Tim Louis is a lawyer in Vancouver, and former city councillor and park commissioners in that city. He is also a long-time blogger whose articles on a range of social issues are regularly re-printed in Vancouver's Georgia Straight, the largest urban weekly newspaper in Canada.
Starting with his blog post of September, 2019, Tim Louis adds the latest daily CO2 level at the bottom of each post. He also includes a comparison for the same day one year ago. Since April 23, 2020, the Georgia Straight has kept the plain-text CO2 updates when publishing his blog posts.
SAMPLE CO2 REPORTS
Apr 3 2021: The Georgia Straight | Tim Louis: David Eby--a big heart and no fear when it comes to housing
- Tim Louis blog | David Eby--a big heart and no fear when it comes to housing
- CO2 snippet (blog version): 416.97 ppm
Apr 23 2020: The Georgia Straight | Tim Louis: Tighter gun controls are the best tribute to Nova Scotia's victims
- Tim Louis blog | Tighter gun controls are the best tribute to Nova Scotia's victims
- CO2 snippet (digital newspaper version): 416.28 ppm
TIM LOUIS & REASONS FOR BLOGGING CO2
MEDIA COMPANY & BLOG LINKS
The Georgia Straight | Online edition
The Georgia Straight | Recent stories by Tim Louis
The Georgia Straight - Twitter | @georgiastraight
The Georgia Straight - Facebook | @georgiastraight
Tim Louis - Twitter | @tim_louis
Globe & Mail (Canada)
The Globe & Mail does not yet publish CO2 updates. But like many national newspapers, the 'Globe' publishes the latest market numbers, weather forecasts, baseball box scores, horoscopes, crosswords and sudoku. For now, we are simply spotlighting the front page of the July 29, 2010 edition of the Globe & Mail. This is a front page with 10 graphs of observed changes to the earth which are all consistent with global warming.
The article presents no chart for carbon dioxide or the level of any other greenhouse gas. We think that international, national, regional and community newspapers can and should consider the addition of regular CO2 updates right away. In a way, it is more important than the graphs on the cover of the July 29, 2010 edition of the Globe & Mail. CO2 is humanity's chief greenhouse gas. It's the main byproduct of the activities of Civilization that are driving a cascade of consequential changes to the life-supporting biosphere. It's the main thing before the 10 charts the Globe & Mail hoisted onto page 1.
Just as important, if not more, CO2 is the chief trend to flatten and turn down if national, regional and community newspaper markets of the world are going to have a chance of flourishing in the years, decades and centuries ahead. Hoist CO2 levels onto the front page. Or on the first page of the business section. Or with the weather report. Or in more than one place. Is there any excuse for blocking CO2 from view? Whatever your opinion on the matter, thanks for taking a moment to consider ours.
Related Print Media Articles
May 10 2019: National Post | Kool: It's worth a daily reminder: When markets are up, environment is down
Sep 25, 2019: Crossroads (Royal Roads University) | Kool: If markets are up, environment is down
Print Media Resources
Download recent weekly graphics for print media: CO2.Earth | CO2 for Print
A few projects and initiatives are in the pipeline. The information below provides a snapshot of current activities and upcoming products to advance the regular display and broadcasting of CO2 updates for the general public.
Prototype: 'Aloha Daily' Email Service
Created by A. Davey (UK) and M. McGee (Canada), a working prototype automatically sends daily CO2 updates almost the moment that NOAA scientists release a new day's average of measurements made at the Mauna Loa Observatory on Hawaii's Big Island. It's a simple, auto-generated email that we cally Aloha Daily.
Prototype: Daily CO2 Website Widget
Created by A. Carpentieri (USA), M. McGee (Canada) and A. Davey (UK) in 2021, a simple, new website widget is putting CO2 on display with updates each day when NOAA scientists release a new day's average for CO2 measurements.
The widget is presently in the testing phase. To see the. test version of the widget in action, go to the University of Cambridge's Climate Lecture Series homepage and look for a grey box that displays the daily CO2 level.
With the testing so far, we know our basic prototype works well on secure (https://) and traditional (http://) websites built on a WordPress or Joomla CMS. We're keen to confirm that it works well on sites with other CMS types of regular html.
Mike McGee (Canada)
Suppliers of Graphics:
Mike McGee (Canada)
Glenda Barstow (Canada)
John Harnett (Canada)
Guy Hanchet (Canada)
CO2 Data Sources:
Dr. Pieter Tans et al / NOAA GML (USA)
Daily CO2 API:
Adam Davey (UK)
Mike McGee (Canada)
Daily CO2 Widget:
Adam Carpentieri (USA)
Mike McGee (Canada)
Adam Davey (UK)
CO2 Display Advocates:
Dr. Rick Kool (Canada)
Guy Hanchet (Canada)
Malaika Collette (Canada)