What a shame.

Via Fox News:

The Gray Lady’s readers are seeing red over a decision to shut down the paper’s green desk.

The New York Times plans to shutter its standalone environment “pod” — a pool of editors and reporters dedicated to green issues and the climate — and redistribute them to other teams. The paper’s top editors claim the move won’t affect the paper of record’s efforts to cover the climate, however.

“To both me and Jill [Abramson, executive editor], coverage of the environment is what separates the New York Times from other papers. We devote a lot of resources to it, now more than ever,” Dean Baquet, the paper’s managing editor for news operations, told InsideClimateNews.com. “We have not lost any desire for environmental coverage. This is purely a structural matter.”

But Margaret Sullivan, the Times’ public editor, expressed dismay at the news.

“Symbolically, this is bad news. And symbolism matters – it shows a commitment and an intensity of interest in a crucially important topic,” Sullivan wrote.

Andrew Revkin, who writes the Times’ DotEarth blog, described reaction to the decision on Facebook and Twitter as “shock and anger.”