Series on Tropical Forests Wins Environmental Reporting Prize

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An eight-part series that appeared in the Economist has won this year’s prestigious Grantham Prize for environmental reporting. Journalist James Astill reported the 14,000 word story in the forests of Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico and Uganda, assessing the state of the world’s tropical forests and what’s being done to protect them. The prize’s jurors credit the series, which they say was circulated widely before Cancun last year, with contributing to the agreement reached on REDD at the end of the conference.

Read the winning series, “The World’s Lungs,” here.