Carbon Pulse has hired a North American correspondent to help the news and intelligence provider establish a physical presence on the continent, which is home to a number of upcoming and burgeoning carbon pricing programmes.
Based in Chicago, Sophie Yeo started this week after crossing the pond from her native UK, where she had worked for London-based Carbon Brief as a climate policy analyst and Climate Home (formerly RTCC) as a reporter.
She will lead Carbon Pulse’s coverage of carbon markets and climate change policy developments in the US, Canada and Mexico.
“So far, governments in 10 US states and five Canadian provinces have opted to wield carbon pricing as their main weapon in the fight against climate change, and more are expected to join their side in the months and years to come,” said Mike Szabo, one of Carbon Pulse’s co-founders and directors.
“With Mexico set to introduce an emissions trading scheme this year and sub-national jurisdictions poised to step up as the Trump Administration wrenches the US federal government away from its climate leadership role, industry and other businesses more than ever before need access to timely news and accurate information to help them control costs and navigate North America’s ever-changing carbon pricing landscape. Sophie joins Carbon Pulse at a exciting and crucial time, and will help both expand and enhance our solid North American coverage.”
Sophie will also cover carbon pricing and climate policy developments in Latin and South America, as well as the Caribbean.
She holds an MA in journalism from Cardiff University and studied English literature at Oxford University.
Sophie is Carbon Pulse’s second new hire in six months following the addition of experienced China carbon and energy reporter Kathy Chen in Beijing.