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Kat Anderson, (401) 874-6009

Grantham Prize Awards Ceremony Scheduled for September 21

James Astill of The Economist to be Awarded $75,000 for
Excellence in Reporting on the Environment

NARRAGANSETT, RI September 7, 2011 Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting has announced that the sixth annual Grantham Prize Awards Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, September 21, at the Columbia University Faculty House in New York City. The Grantham Prize Awards Ceremony will take place in conjunction with Climate Week NYC, an annual international event focused on driving a Clean Revolution.

The Grantham Prize Awards Ceremony, to be held 2:30pm to 4:30pm, will honor the year's best environmental journalism from the United States and around the world, featuring presentations by the 2011 Grantham Prize winner and Award of Special Merit recipients. A reception will follow the awards ceremony from 4:30pm to 6:00pm at the Faculty House.

The Grantham Prize Awards Ceremony is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. To register for the awards ceremony, please e-mail or call (401) 874-6009.

James Astill of The Economist is the 2011 recipient of the $75,000 Grantham Prize for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment, the largest cash prize for journalism in the world. His eight-part series "Seeing the Wood" is an alarming account of the state of the world's forests. Astill's world travels have allowed him to see the disturbing rate at which forests are being cut down or otherwise degraded. The series outlines the consequences of tropical deforestation and its ties to climate change, while providing suggestions for addressing these problems.

Grantham Prize Jurors noted that The Economist series is "notable for its breadth, sophistication and even-handedness" and commended Astill's ability to describe this complex issue.

In addition, two Awards of Special Merit, each carrying a $5,000 cash prize, will be presented to author Jeff Goodell for his book, "How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth's Climate," published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and to the Associated Press Gulf Oil Spill Team for their breaking news coverage of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

More information and details on The Grantham Prize and this year's winners can be found online at For information on Climate Week NYC, go to

The Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting and the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment created The Grantham Prize in 2005. The Prize honors exemplary reporting on the environment that has the potential to bring about constructive change. The annual prize is open to all media for work produced within the U.S. or Canada, and recognizes nonfiction work published or broadcast in the previous year.

The Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting, based at the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography, was established in 1997 with funding from three media foundations, the Belo Corporation, the Providence Journal Charitable Foundation and the Philip L. Graham Fund, and from the Telaka Foundation. It is named for the late Michael P. Metcalf, a visionary in journalism and publisher of The Providence Journal Bulletin from 1979-1987. In addition to providing science training for reporters and editors, Metcalf Institute administers The Grantham Prize for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment. For more information, contact Metcalf Institute at 401-874-6211 or visit us online at

The Grantham Prize is funded by Jeremy and Hannelore Grantham through The Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment. The foundation seeks to raise awareness of urgent environmental issues and supports individuals and organizations working to find solutions. Their grantmaking supports communication and collaboration in environmental protection, with an emphasis on climate change. Jeremy Grantham is co-founder and chief strategist of GMO, LLC, an investment management firm. Mr. and Mrs. Grantham are both actively involved in setting the strategic direction of the foundation.

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Posted: September 9, 2011