03/09/2012 01:56 pm ET Updated May 08, 2012

Don't Let the Lights Go Out on Environmental Journalism

A few days ago two California-based environmental reporters for the Associated Press who had made major contributions to the issue and their profession were taken off the beat. In the entire state of California, there is now only one AP reporter whose full time on the environment.

Lyndsey Layton, a journalist who covered the chemical industry for the Washington Post and often filed stories that likely produced some real heartburn among industry spin-doctors and lobbyists, was reassigned to cover education -- an important subject, but now no one at the paper regularly covers the doings of this major polluting industry.

Andrew Schneider, one of the best public health and environment reporters, virtually vanished when two large news sites -- one of which he worked for -- merged.

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