As we enter 2024, closing the books on 2023’s record heat, economic and geopolitical turmoil, and a raft of climate change stories in the mainstream press, we’re fortunate to have Project Censored’s Andy Lee Roth return to the show to discuss the most under-reported environmental stories of the last year. Andy last visited with us to discuss 2022’s under-reported stories. Tune in for a wide-ranging conversation about the hidden environmental stories reported on independent news sites like The GuardianHigh Country News, and other news sources tracked by Project Censored.

Andy Lee Roth, associate director of the Media Freedom Foundation’s Project Censored, is our guest on Sustainability In Your Ear.

The mainstream press has responded to rising public concern about climate change with more practical information — they’ve assigned sustainability as a beat and hired columnists to deliver action-oriented articles. But at the same time, they do not do the enterprise reporting required to uncover significant environmental abuses by companies and governments. We’re getting more attention to the climate crisis but not enough digging into its continuing sources, from misleading research funded by private companies to the lack of oversight of new products and chemicals, like per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances. 

The news is what we make it, and in this era of transactional politics, too often, it is what we are willing to pay for. Now more than ever, an independent press is necessary. You can learn more about Project Censored’s 2023 under-reported environmental stories at

Editor’s Note: This podcast originally aired on January 29, 2024.

By Mitch Ratcliffe

Mitch is the publisher at and Director of Digital Strategy and Innovation at Intentional Futures, an insight-to-impact consultancy in Seattle. A veteran tech journalist, Mitch is passionate about helping people understand sustainability and the impact of their decisions on the planet.