Bill Mitchell is NCR climate editor. He first wrote for NCR as a student at the University of Notre Dame in 1967 and served on the NCR board from 1998 to 2004. As a reporter for the Detroit Free Press and Knight Ridder, his assignments included city hall bureau chief, Washington correspondent and European correspondent. He was Detroit bureau chief for TIME, director of electronic publishing at the San Jose Mercury News and editor of Poynter Online. More recently, he has taught journalism ethics at Northeastern University. He lives in Brookline, Ma. His email address is

Show full bio ↓

How to close the gap between public opinion and public policy on the climate crisis?

As much as most Americans want the government to do more to address the climate crisis, significant change in public policy remains stalled. What are our options? 

Need an encouraging boost? Check out our Interfaith Climate Tracker

For the most part, the news about the climate crisis is not good.  But the Tracker updates you on what people of faith are doing about it.

EarthBeat Weekly: Discerning what the Vatican really means when it comes to divestment

The Vatican is talking increasingly about divestment as a recommended strategy for Catholic institutions.  

EarthBeat Weekly: Why racial and environmental justice are so linked

How Laudato Si' relates to a world in which one human kills another with a knee on the neck