In his eight-part special report for The Economist, reporter James Astill evaluated rising threats to the world's forests from human exploitation and climate change. With an emphasis on tropical forests, Astill explained the global environmental significance of this deforestation, as well as policy efforts to limit it.
Each year the Grantham Prize Jury selected up to three entries to receive Awards of Special Merit. Each entry recognized in this category received US$5,000, and there was no ranking among the recipients of this honor. The prize jury typically used the Awards of Special Merit to highlight work that goes beyond the norm for its medium.