Hothouse is original climate journalism with a way to act. As a climate solutions newsletter, we dig into the evidence, figure out what works, and deliver the news to your inbox. 

Hothouse publishes investigative reporting about climate solutions. We’re looking for great journalists to write them. We started Hothouse to give readers clear insights into how efforts to tackle climate change are working, and how we can engage with them in our own lives—from our backyards to the ballot box. Think of it as Planet Money for the climate.

Each month, we publish two deep dives on a topic—either reported features or essays—that analyze the people and projects behind climate solutions. The topics we’ve covered so far include seafood, investing, changing careers, electric vehicles, funerals, and (beyond) organic agriculture. We’re open to any and all ideas. We love solutions journalism stories that challenge conventional wisdom. Right now, we’re particularly interested in writers who can tackle:

  • carbon credits

  • investing money

  • transportation

  • the science of behavior change

  • packing/delivery

If you’re interested in Hothouse, sign up here and reach out directly to write for us at editors@hothouse.solutions. We pay competitive rates, and have backing from Columbia University, the Solutions Journalism Network, and the Google News Initiative.

Michael Coren and Cadence Bambenek


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Mission

Feeling overwhelmed by climate news? So were we. The Hothouse newsletter gives you a way to understand the biggest challenge of our time, and how we’ll get the big solutions we need.

Each month, we focus on a new climate theme from travel to fashion to food, and what you can do in your own life.

There is no one solution to climate change. But there are many.

Designed by journalists and powered by reader donations.

We’re part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism initiative committed to better coverage of the story of our time.

Hothouse Solutions is fiscally sponsored by Independent Arts & Media, a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization. Donations are tax-deductible.

Writers, pitch Hothouse!

Each month we focus on a different theme told through strong, personal stories about people working hard to end climate change. We want to give readers inspiring stories with actionable insights they can relate to their own lives. You should take a solutions journalism approach, critically examining evidence for what works and why. Our tone is positive, inquisitive, and inspiring. A few things we love:

  • Well-framed, nuanced ideas that tell us something new

  • Compelling characters and strong personal stories (no need to be famous or powerful).

  • Critical and rigorous examination of solutions. You should feel comfortable reviewing the scientific literature (if applicable).

  • Counterintuitive takes on conventional wisdom

  • Your own original ideas! Upcoming themes include mental health, travel, work, fashion, laundry,  climate philosophers, outdoor adventurers, science historians, post-partisan climate politics, talking to kids about the climate crisis. Send us something we've never considered.  

To pitch, send a succinct 1-2 paragraph description of your story idea and how you plan to execute it. Include a few bullet points about what topics you normally cover, where you are based, and several clips from the last two years (with links). Please make sure to review the elements of a good solutions journalism story.

We pay 50c per word. Profiles are up to 800 words long and features are up to 1500 words. Hothouse is primarily for US and UK audiences. Pitch to editors@hothouse.solutions.

Founders

Jemima Kiss has 18 years’ experience as a reporter and editor covering technology, media and culture. She spent ten years at The Guardian, most recently as head of technology editorial in London and San Francisco. Freelance clients include Medium, Ideo, Slack, and Index Ventures. She has a fine art degree from Dartington College of Arts (BA visual performance) and is a board member of the British Journalism Review.
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Michael Coren is the climate and technology reporter for Quartz in San Francisco. He’s a former science editor at CNN.com, managing editor of the Phnom Penh Post, and founder/CEO of the digital publishing startup Publet. He has degrees from Emory University (BSc journalism and environmental science) and Yale University (MESc environmental economics).
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Contacts

  • Journalists: editors@hothouse.solutions

  • General inquiries: hello@hothouse.solutions

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