Last updated on September 27th, 2020 at 01:05 pm
These media sources have a slight to moderate liberal bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes) to favor liberal causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Left-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate Anthropocene Left-Center Biased based on political advocacy that aligns with the moderate left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to a clean fact check record, strong sourcing and general pro-science positions.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Anthropocene (Formerly Conservation Magazine) is a digital, print, and live magazine that explores how we can create a sustainable human age we actually want to live in. Anthropocene works with a network of over 4,000 journalists in developing countries through a partnership with Earth Journalism Network. According to their about page they state “Our mission is to curate a global conversation about data, technology, and innovation that lead to solutions to the persistent environmental challenges of our time. Much like Foreign Policy, MIT Technology Review, and Harvard Business Review have done for their respective fields, we aim to build a thought-leader publication for the sustainability and development world.” The current Editor-in-Chief is Kathryn Kohm
Funded by / Ownership
Anthropocene is a non-profit initiative of Future Earth, a global science consortium. According to their about page “We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities, but our news judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support.” They further state that they disclose all donations over $5,000, however, we cannot find them, indicating they either have not received any or they lack transparency.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Anthropocene publishes news and information primarily geared toward sustainability, the environment, and technology. While this source could be placed in our pro-science category, they also present information with a left-leaning bias. For example, when reporting on President Trump they report negatively such as this: Why citizen science may shine, even in Trump’s world. Like most stories on this website, it is well-sourced. Editorially, they take positions that align more with the Democratic Party such as with climate change, where they have a pro-science, concerned perspective: Climate change cooks up a toxic ocean stew. In general, Anthropocene is a pro-science source that presents information with a left leaning political bias.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate Anthropocene Left-Center Biased based on political advocacy that aligns with the moderate left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to a clean fact check record, strong sourcing and general pro-science positions. (D. Van Zandt 7/7/2017) Updated (12/15/2019)