Inside Climate News Bias and Reliability Overview

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 for its coverage of the Kalamazoo River oil spill in Michigan. The website records approximately 363,500 visits per month. Ad Fontes Media rates Inside Climate News in the skews left category of bias and as most reliable in terms of reliability.

Overall Score

A team of analysts at Ad Fontes Media regularly reviews articles and news programs to rate them in terms of bias and reliability. A weighted average of these ratings results in the overall score for the media source.

The bias rating, demonstrated on the Media Bias Chart®️ on the horizontal axis, ranges from most extreme left to neutral 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.

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

Reliability: 45.52

Bias: -9.48

Reliability scores for articles and shows are on a scale of 0-64. Scores above 24 are generally acceptable; scores above 32 are generally good.

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 the most neutral and/or balanced.

Individual Article Scores

The following articles were reviewed by Ad Fontes Media analysts on the basis of reliability and bias. Each article was reviewed by at least three analysts: one conservative, one liberal and one moderate.

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

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

Article URLBiasReliability
New EPA Rule Change Saves Industry Money but Exacts a Climate Cost-646.33
A Plant in Florida Emits Vast Quantities of a Greenhouse Gas Nearly 300 Times More Potent Than Carbon Dioxide-447.67
‘Super-Pollutant’ Emitted by 11 Chinese Chemical Plants Could Equal a Climate Catastrophe-5.3346
How Maryland’s Preference for Burning Trash Galvanized Environmental Activists in Baltimore-548.33
Paying for Extreme Weather: Wildfire, Hurricanes, Floods and Droughts Quadrupled in Cost Since 1980-5.3346.67
In the Battle Over the Senate, Both Parties’ Candidates Are Playing to the Middle on Climate Change-9.3338.67
Senate 2020: Mitch McConnell Now Admits Human-Caused Global Warming Exists. But He Doesn’t Have a Climate Plan-6.3344.67
Analysts See Democrats Likely to Win the Senate, Opening the Door to Climate Legislation-14.545.75
When Trump’s EPA Needed a Climate Scientist, They Called on John Christy-14.546
The Polls Showed Democrats Poised to Reclaim the Senate. Then Came Election Day.-9.2546
As Biden Eyes a Conservation Plan, Activists Fear Low-Income Communities and People of Color Could Be Left Out-11.2545
Chinese Factories Want to Make Climate-Friendly Air Conditioners. A US Company Is Blocking Them-10.546.25
The First African American Cardinal Is a Climate Change Leader-9.6744.67
Young Voters, Motivated by Climate Change and Environmental Justice, Helped Propel Biden’s Campaign-11.6744
Is Climate-Related Financial Regulation Coming Under Biden? Wall Street Is Betting on It-944.33
Biden’s Appointment of John Kerry as Climate Envoy Sends a ‘Signal to the World,’ Advocates Say-9.3345.67
Newsom’s Top Five Candidates for Kamala Harris’s Senate Seat All Have Climate in Their Bios-9.6745.33
Biden Put Climate at the Heart of His Campaign. Now He’s Delivered Groundbreaking Nominees-10.3344.67
If Aridification Choked the Southwest for Thousands of Years, What Does The Future Hold?-348
UN Report: Despite Falling Energy Demand, Governments Set on Increasing Fossil Fuel Production0.3347.33
United Nations Chief Warns of a ‘Moment of Truth for People and Planet’-6.8344.67