Inside Climate News Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Skews Left

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting


Ad Fontes Media rates Inside Climate News in the Skews Left category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. Inside Climate News is a nonprofit news organization that covers climate change, energy and the environment. The public charity was founded in 2007 and is based in New York. Inside Climate News won a Pulitzer Prize in 2013.

Overall Score

The following are the overall bias and reliability scores for Inside Climate News according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 45.54

Bias: -9.26

Panels of analysts from Ad Fontes Media regularly review representative sample content to rate it for reliability and bias. Each panel of analysts comprises one left-leaning, one right-leaning, and one center-leaning analyst.

The team considers a variety of factors when rating content. To determine its reliability score, we consider the content’s veracity, expression, its title/headline, and graphics. We add each of these scores to the chart on a weighted scale, with the average of those creating the sample content’s overall reliability score.

To determine sample content’s bias score, we consider its language, its political position, and how it compares to other reporting or analysis from other sources on the same topic. We add each of these scores to the chart on a weighted scale, with the average of those creating the content’s overall bias score.

The bias rating, demonstrated on the Media Bias Chart®️ on the horizontal axis, ranges from most extreme left to middle to most extreme right. The reliability rating, demonstrated on the chart’s vertical axis, rates sources on a scale from original fact reporting to analysis, opinion, propaganda and inaccurate/fabricated information.

Reliability scores for articles and shows are on a scale of 0-64. Scores above 40 are generally good; scores below 24 are generally problematic. Scores between 24-40 indicate a range of possibilities, with some sources falling there because they are heavy in opinion and analysis, and some because they have a high variation in reliability between articles.

Bias scores for articles and shows are on a scale of -42 to +42, with higher negative scores being more left, higher positive scores being more right, and scores closer to zero being minimally biased, equally balanced, or exhibiting a centrist bias.

Individual Content Sample Scores

These are the most recent content samples that Ad Fontes Media analysts have rated for this source.

Content Sample URL Bias Reliability
In the Race to Develop the Best Solar Power Materials, What If the Key Ingredient Is Effort? -2 41.33 -7.67 50
New EPA Rule Change Saves Industry Money but Exacts a Climate Cost -6 46.33
A Plant in Florida Emits Vast Quantities of a Greenhouse Gas Nearly 300 Times More Potent Than Carbon Dioxide -4 47.67
‘Super-Pollutant’ Emitted by 11 Chinese Chemical Plants Could Equal a Climate Catastrophe -5.33 46
How Maryland’s Preference for Burning Trash Galvanized Environmental Activists in Baltimore -5 48.33
Paying for Extreme Weather: Wildfire, Hurricanes, Floods and Droughts Quadrupled in Cost Since 1980 -5.33 46.67
In the Battle Over the Senate, Both Parties’ Candidates Are Playing to the Middle on Climate Change -9.33 38.67
Senate 2020: Mitch McConnell Now Admits Human-Caused Global Warming Exists. But He Doesn’t Have a Climate Plan -6.33 44.67
Analysts See Democrats Likely to Win the Senate, Opening the Door to Climate Legislation -14.5 45.75
When Trump’s EPA Needed a Climate Scientist, They Called on John Christy -14.5 46
The Polls Showed Democrats Poised to Reclaim the Senate. Then Came Election Day. -9.25 46
As Biden Eyes a Conservation Plan, Activists Fear Low-Income Communities and People of Color Could Be Left Out -11.25 45
Chinese Factories Want to Make Climate-Friendly Air Conditioners. A US Company Is Blocking Them -10.5 46.25
The First African American Cardinal Is a Climate Change Leader -9.67 44.67
Young Voters, Motivated by Climate Change and Environmental Justice, Helped Propel Biden’s Campaign -11.67 44
Is Climate-Related Financial Regulation Coming Under Biden? Wall Street Is Betting on It -9 44.33
Biden’s Appointment of John Kerry as Climate Envoy Sends a ‘Signal to the World,’ Advocates Say -9.33 45.67
Newsom’s Top Five Candidates for Kamala Harris’s Senate Seat All Have Climate in Their Bios -9.67 45.33
Biden Put Climate at the Heart of His Campaign. Now He’s Delivered Groundbreaking Nominees -10.33 44.67
If Aridification Choked the Southwest for Thousands of Years, What Does The Future Hold? -3 48
UN Report: Despite Falling Energy Demand, Governments Set on Increasing Fossil Fuel Production 0.33 47.33
United Nations Chief Warns of a ‘Moment of Truth for People and Planet’ -6.83 44.67

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