Andrew Freedman


New York, NY

Andrew Freedman

Digital Journalist Specializing in Climate, Weather and Energy.



Obama directs $500 million to Green Climate Fund just before Trump takes office

The Obama administration wrote a second check for $500 million on Tuesday to the Green Climate Fund, an international organization designed to help the developing world adapt to global warming and deploy more clean energy technologies. The announcement from the State Department comes less than three days before President-elect Donald Trump takes office.
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The softer version of climate denial pedaled by Trump’s cabinet picks is dangerous

UPDATE: Jan. 24, 2017, 12:16 p.m. PST This story has been updated to include new statements from secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson. Going into the cabinet hearings for President-elect Donald Trump's nominees, the story was clear: Democrats were going to press his picks for Environmental Protection Agency administrator, secretary of state and energy secretary for past statements revealing their climate-denying views.
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Trump administration takes down public-facing directory of Energy Department employees

The Department of Energy has taken down its public-facing employee directory, making it far more difficult for journalists and members of the public to locate email addresses and phone numbers for agency personnel. The move, which was announced to agency contractors on Wednesday and implemented Thursday morning, was confirmed in an internal email shared with Mashable.
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Fierce North Atlantic storm to send temperatures soaring at North Pole (again)

An extraordinarily powerful storm system is spinning across the North Atlantic Ocean, just southeast of Greenland. Together with long-term climate change and other transitory weather systems, it is setting the stage for a dramatic and unusual warmup at the North Pole this week. For the third time this winter, such a storm is likely to vault unusually warm air toward the pole, potentially bringing temperatures across the sunless Arctic to near the melting point for a brief period late this week.
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The emotional toll of covering climate change in the Trump era

I never found covering climate change to be difficult on an emotional level until two years ago. When I became a father. Suddenly, projections of temperature changes in 2050 were more real. Where I used to be able to dismiss them as time periods when I wouldn't be around anymore, or be old enough not to care so much, now, those years were a pertinent reality.
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Something is very, very wrong with the Arctic climate

This Arctic winter has startled even the most even-keeled scientists, with records set for low sea ice extent, high temperatures and other indicators of a climate gone awry. Sea ice has plummeted to record lows and stayed there as pulses of unusually warm air have swept across the region, with the latest one set to reach the North Pole on Thursday.
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Scientists face 'nightmare' amid Trump's Muslim ban

High atop the Greenland ice sheet lies thousands of dollars of sophisticated scientific monitoring equipment key to projecting future sea level rise. Their batteries are drained and in need of repair, but a scientist charged with their care fears she can't reach the equipment because of Trump's de-facto Muslim ban.
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One of the largest icebergs ever seen is even closer to breaking off Antarctica

Just 6.4 miles of ice are holding an iceberg the size of Delaware onto the floating Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica, and scientists warn it could cleave off the ice-bound continent at any time. Researchers who closely monitor the crack cutting across this particular Antarctic ice shelf reported on Thursday that it continued to make rapid progress, expanding another six miles in just the past two weeks.
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The bleaching of the northern Great Barrier Reef

Richard Vevers, the founder of the nonprofit Ocean Agency, and his partners at the XL Catlin Seaview Survey have been witnessing an ecological disaster unfolding in coral reefs worldwide since 2014. The group’s mission is to document, in unprecedented detail, the third-ever global coral bleaching event on record, and by far the longest such event ever seen.
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Wonderworld: A spectacular photo journey of Earth

The planet just had its warmest winter on record, which comes on the heels of its warmest year. But data shows that the record-warm year of 2014 was no fluke. In fact, 2015 has a decent shot at exceeding the 2014 record, for a back-to-back string of record-warm years. Global warming is affecting the entire planet, from the ice caps of the Arctic and Antarctic, to the depths of the sea and the plains of Africa.
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The hottest year

In all of recorded history back to the mid-19th century, we haven’t seen a year warmer than 2015. Everywhere scientists looked, from Siberia to northern South America, to all of the world's major ocean basins, they found record to near-record warmth. This was the announcement the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA jointly made on Wednesday, using their databases of global surface temperatures dating back to 1880.
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Blizzard of 2016 lives up to the hype, and then some

Call it what you want to: The Blizzard of 2016, Winter Storm Jonas or Snowzilla. The fact is that for tens of millions of people from New York to the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky and West Virginia, this storm lived up to — and even exceeded — the days of hype leading up to it. In New York City, for example, millions of residents went to bed on Friday night expecting to wake up to a few inches of snow, only to find a raging blizzard outside.
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Andrew Freedman

Freedman is the Senior Editor: Science and Special Projects for Mashable, where he also covers extreme weather, climate science, and energy.

Prior to Mashable, Freedman was a senior science writer for Climate Central.

He has also worked as a reporter for Congressional Quarterly and Greenwire/E&E Daily. His work has also appeared in the Washington Post and online at and, where he wrote a weekly climate science column for the "Capital Weather Gang" blog.

Media appearances: Sky News, CBC Radio, NPR, Huffington Post Live, The Weather Channel, Sirius XM Radio, and other media outlets. His work has been lauded in the Columbia Journalism Review, and been mentioned online by CNN, New Republic, Time, The Hill, and The Guardian, among others.

Freedman holds a Masters Degree in Climate and Society from Columbia University and a Masters in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University. He lives in Brooklyn.

He has also performed and taught improv and sketch comedy.



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