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Brandon Loomis, Rick Egan & David Noyce Winner: Brandon Loomis, Rick Egan & David Noyce “Our Dying Forests” The Salt Lake Tribune James Astill Winner: James Astill “Seeing the Wood” The Economist Alanna Mitchell Winner: Alanna Mitchell “Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis” McClelland & Stewart (Canada) and The University of Chicago Press (U.S.A.) Blake Morrison and Brad Heath Winner: Blake Morrison & Brad Heath “The Smokestack Effect: Toxic Air and America’s Schools” USA Today David Barboza, Keith Bradsher, Howard French, Joseph Kahn, Mark Landler, Chang W. Lee, Jimmy Wang, and Jim Yardley Winner: David Barboza, Keith Bradsher, Howard French, Joseph Kahn, Mark Landler, Chang W. Lee, Jimmy Wang, and Jim Yardley “Choking on Growth” The New York Times Kenneth R. Weiss and Usha Lee McFarling Winner: Kenneth R. Weiss and Usha Lee McFarling “Altered Oceans” The Los Angeles Times Jan Barry, Thomas E. Franklin, Mary Jo Layton, Tim Nostrand, Alex Nussbaum, Tom Troncone, Debra Lynn Vial, Lindy Washburn, Barbara Williams Winner: Jan Barry, Thomas E. Franklin, Mary Jo Layton, Tim Nostrand, Alex Nussbaum, Tom Troncone, Debra Lynn Vial, Lindy Washburn, Barbara Williams “Toxic Legacy” The Record (Bergen County, NJ)
Paul Greenberg Awards of Special Merit: Paul Greenberg “Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food” Penguin Press Jeff Goodell Awards of Special Merit: Jeff Goodell “How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth’s Climate” Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Dan Egan Awards of Special Merit: Dan Egan Environmental Beat Reporting Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Tad Fettig, Karena Albers, & Veronique Bernard Awards of Special Merit: Tad Fettig, Karena Albers, & Veronique Bernard “e2: transport” kontentreal Dinah Voyles Pulver Awards of Special Merit: Dinah Voyles Pulver “Our Natural Treasures – Are We Losing Our Way?” Daytona Beach News Journal Eugene Linden Awards of Special Merit: Eugene Linden “The Winds of Change: Climate, Weather, and the Destruction of Civilizations” Simon & Schuster Douglas Fischer Awards of Special Merit: Douglas Fischer “A Body’s Burden: Our Chemical Legacy” Oakland Tribune
UNC News 21 Team Awards of Special Merit: Caitlyn Greene, Catherine Orr, Catherine Spangler, Delphine Andrews, Hadley Gustafson, Hely Olivares, Jeffrey Mittelstadt, Kristen Long, Mimi Schiffman, Sarah Riazati, Whitney Baker, and Laura Ruel Coal: A Love Story News21 Fellows, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, School of Journalism and Mass Communication Associated Press Awards of Special Merit: Richard T. Pienciak, Ron Harris, Justin Pritchard, Jeff Donn, Mitch Weiss, Michael Kunzelman, Seth Borenstein, Rich Matthews, Jason Bronis, Tamara Lush, Mike Baker, Holbrook Mohr, Dave Clark, Fielding Cage, Merrill Sherman, Peter Prengaman, and Cain Burdeau Oil Spill Reporting Associated Press Cleo Paskal Awards of Special Merit: Cleo Paskal “Global Warring: How Environmental, Economic, and Political Crises Will Redraw the World Map” Key Porter Books (Canada) and Palgrave Macmillan (U.S.A.) Andrew Nikiforuk Awards of Special Merit: Andrew Nikiforuk “Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent” Greystone Books Alison Richards and David Malakoff Awards of Special Merit: Alison Richards and David Malakoff “Climate Connections: How people change climate, how climate changes people” National Public Radio East Oregonian Publishing Company Awards of Special Merit: Patrick Webb, The Daily Astorian; Phil Wright, Hal McCune and Samantha Bates, The East Oregonian; Kate Ramsayer, Cassandra Profita and Kara Hansen, The Daily Astorian; Elaine Shein, Tam Moore, Cookson Beecher, Bob Krauter, Mitch Lies, Patricia McCoy and Scott Yates, The Capital Press; Elizabeth Long and Cate Gable, The Chinook Observer, Scott Mallory, The Blue Mountain Eagle; Dave Hassler and Andrew Wilkins, The Wallowa Chieftain “Our Climate is Changing… Ready or Not” East Oregonian Publishing Company Elizabeth Kolbert Awards of Special Merit: Elizabeth Kolbert “The Climate of Man” The New Yorker
Gary Marcuse, Betsy Carson, & Shi Lihong Awards of Special Merit: Gary Marcuse, Betsy Carson, & Shi Lihong Waking the Green Tiger: A Green Movement Rises in China Face to Face Media Hedrick Smith, Rick Young, Marc Shaffer, Peter Pearce,
    Penny Trams, Catherine Rentz, Fritz Kramer Awards of Special Merit: Hedrick Smith, Rick Young, Marc Shaffer, Peter Pearce, Penny Trams, Catherine Rentz, Fritz Kramer “Poisoned Waters” Hedrick Smith Productions for PBS Frontline Susanne Rust & Meg Kissinger Awards of Special Merit: Susanne Rust & Meg Kissinger “Chemical Fallout” The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Ed Struzik Awards of Special Merit: Ed Struzik “The Big Thaw – Arctic in Peril” The Edmonton Journal and the Toronto Star Dimming the Sun Awards of Special Merit: A DOX production for NOVA/WGBH and the BBC “Dimming the Sun: What Does This Climate Conundrum Mean for the Future of Earth?” NOVA/WGBH and the BBC WBAL Channel 11 Awards of Special Merit: John Sherman and Beau Kershaw “Dirty Secret” WBAL-TV, Baltimore, MD

2007 Awards of Special Merit

Award Winners: Eugene Linden | East Oregonian Publishing Company | DOX Production for NOVA/WGBH and the BBC


Eugene Linden

“The Winds of Change: Climate, Weather, and the Destruction of Civilizations”
Published by Simon & Schuster

Grantham Prize Jury Comments on The Winds of Change

Winds of Change bookcoverIt is commonly assumed that any fundamental change in climate will be gradual enough that society can function without long-term disruption. In his book, Eugene Linden shakes that complacency to its core. Eugene Linden manages the remarkable feat of bringing a new light to the most written-about environmental challenge of the era, climate change.

Our civilization is by no means the first to be challenged by changes in weather patterns – so were those of the Akkadians 4,200 years ago; the Mayans 1,100 years ago, the Norse in North America during the Little Ice Age, and many others.

Linden presents compelling evidence of climate as a “serial killer” of civilizations, fully acknowledging the uncertainties surrounding this hypothesis. For many years a reporter on global environmental issues for Time magazine, Linden in Winds of Change provides an entertaining and provocative read, culminating with an exquisitely disciplined cry of rage at the seeming inability of our own societies to address the threat of global warming.

Winds of Change Eugene Linden Excerpt (pdf)

 


East Oregonian Publishing Company

Patrick Webb, The Daily Astorian; Phil Wright, Hal McCune and Samantha Bates, The East Oregonian; Kate Ramsayer, Cassandra Profita and Kara Hansen, The Daily Astorian; Elaine Shein, Tam Moore, Cookson Beecher, Bob Krauter, Mitch Lies, Patricia McCoy and Scott Yates, The Capital Press; Elizabeth Long and Cate Gable, The Chinook Observer, Scott Mallory, The Blue Mountain Eagle; Dave Hassler and Andrew Wilkins, The Wallowa Chieftain.

“Our Climate is Changing… Ready or Not”

Grantham Prize Jury Comments on Our Climate is Changing

This project represented an extraordinary effort on the part of a group of small newspapers in the Pacific Northwest. The leaders of these papers — a 12,000-circulation daily in Pendleton, Oregon; a 10,000-circulation daily in Astoria, Oregon; and four weeklies in Oregon and Washington — combined their limited staff resources to report local impacts of global climate change.

Daily Astorian homepageThis project represents sophisticated, compelling journalism, extraordinary for publications of this size and scope. The series explored a range of phenomena, from the introduction of new species preying on juvenile salmon, to the loss of a spawning cycle by oysters simply finding the water too warm to procreate, to the consumption of recreational beaches by invasive Spartina grasses.

These journalists gave their readers a new connection with the problem of climate change, and new motivation to act to mitigate it. Their ingenuity and dedication fully justify this Award of Special Merit.

This project represented an extraordinary effort on the part of a group of small newspapers in the Pacific Northwest. The leaders of these papers — a 12,000-circulation daily in Pendleton, Oregon; a 10,000-circulation daily in Astoria, Oregon; and four weeklies in Oregon and Washington — combined their limited staff resources to report local impacts of global climate change.

The result is sophisticated, compelling journalism, extraordinary for publications of this size and scope. The series explored a range of phenomena, from the introduction of new species preying on juvenile salmon, to the loss of a spawning cycle by oysters simply finding the water too warm to procreate, to the consumption of recreational beaches by invasive Spartina grasses.

These journalists gave their readers a new connection with the problem of climate change, and new motivation to act to mitigate it. Their ingenuity and dedication fully justify this Award of Special Merit.

 


A DOX production for NOVA/WGBH and the BBC

“Dimming the Sun: What Does This Climate Conundrum Mean for the Future of Earth?”

Grantham Prize Jury Comments on Dimming the Sun

“Dimming the Sun” brings to light a different, but critical, take on global warming. It’s the issue of global dimming – the decrease of sunlight hitting Earth.

Studies show that particle pollution is to blame — increased particulates in clouds attract more and smaller droplets of water, which reflect more sunlight back to space. In addition, the particles themselves block sunlight.

 Dimming the Sun screenshot

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This situation actually appears to have counteracted much of the effect of global warming — in fact it may have contributed to the complaisance some feel about dealing with climate change. And the obvious solution to global dimming – decreased particulate pollution — undercuts efforts to combat global warming.

NOVA talked with “unsung” climate researchers — scientists whose evidence of global dimming initially had been downplayed. Even today, climate change models generally don’t take global dimming into account. Reports like “Dimming the Sun” could gain the issue increased prominence.

NOVA takes inherently non-visual aspects and makes them visual, engaging and enlightening. Exceptional production values, great story-telling, and important subject matter make this fascinating and disturbing report worthy of a 2007 Grantham Prize Award of Special Merit.

A full list of credits can be found at: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/sun/credits.html