How the TIME100 Climate list came to be

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From Editor in Chief Sam Jacobs
The TIME100 Climate List
By Sam Jacobs
Editor in Chief

In January of 1938, TIME's editors considered how the sun might become a future energy source. A year later, TIME observed that scientists were seeing evidence of a warming planet. In 1953, TIME cautioned that an "invisible blanket" of greenhouse gases, at its present rate of increase, would "raise the earth's average temperature 1.5° Fahrenheit every 100 years."

The term ­climate change, as we currently understand it, was first used by TIME when the editors named the "Endangered Planet" the Person of the Year for 1988.

Much great work engaging with the climate story has been created by TIME journalists in the years since, and this year is no exception. It's fair to say climate leadership is ­embedded across all of our coverage today. But we believe more could be done to draw attention to the people who are shaping and leading climate action. That is why we've created the inaugural TIME100 Climate list.

The TIME100 Climate is not only a community, it is an argument for how we see the future: we are recognizing those who are connecting climate action and business value, because we believe progress for the planet will come from the engagement with and leadership by the business world.

To assemble this list, we tried to capture the latest economic and scientific thinking by selecting individuals who are leading change across five critical areas: energy, nature, finance, culture, and health. Our reporters, editors, and colleagues at TIMECO2 sought out measurable, scalable achievements and prioritized recent action.

Our hope is that decades from now, the creation of the TIME100 Climate will be seen as another watershed moment for TIME and our coverage of the planet.

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