The Grantham Prize for Environmental Journalism

A winner from the Archives:

2007 Award of Merit: The Winds of Change

2007 Award of Merit: The Winds of Change

It 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, and manages the remarkable feat of bringing a new light to the most written-about environmental challenge of the era, climate change.

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Honoring Exceptional Environmental Journalism

The Grantham Prize, which came to a close in October 2012,  honored over 120 journalists and inspired countless others.  Click here to learn more about the Grantham Foundation's support of Metcalf Institute's science training programs for journalists.


2012 Winner: Our Dying Forests, The Salt Lake Tribune

“I'm thrilled to have such recognition for a project that we knew from the start was bigger than Utah or the Rocky Mountains,” said Salt Lake Tribune reporter Brandon Loomis.  “My sources revealed many climate change-driven threats to forests in the US and globally through their research, and I hope reporters everywhere will pick up where we left off to investigate and explain what's happening where they live.”

-- Brandon Loomis of The Salt Lake Tribune, 2012 Grantham Prize Winner


2011 Winner: Seeing The Wood, The Economist

The Economist's special issue.
"Winning the Grantham Prize was tremendously gratifying and of course hugely encouraging of my writing on the environment. With all those powerful interests stacked against conservation and sustainability, it makes a very nice change to have such heavyweights as the Granthams on the environmental side of the argument."

-- James Astill of The Economist, 2011 Grantham Prize Winner


2010 Winner: Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis,  

Alanna Mitchell

Sea Sick Book  

"The stunning thing about the Grantham Prize is that it rewards bold reporting on hidden yet critical environmental issues. In an era characterized by strident opinion backed by little research and less understanding, that makes the prize not only counter-cultural but visionary." 

-- Alanna Mitchell, 2010 Grantham Prize Winner

2009 Winners: The Smokestack Effect, USA TODAY

Smokestack Effect Web Site
Smokestack Effect Web Site

"The Grantham Prize - and the example set by others who received it - has convinced editors that the environment is important, and that we can cover it in a way that has a significant impact."

--Blake Morrison and Brad Heath, 2009 Grantham Prize Co-Winners

2008 Winners: Choking on Growth, The New York Times

NYT-Choking on Growth
NYT-Choking on Growth

"The Grantham Prize rewards expensive, time-consuming, out-of-the mainstream journalism whose importance will be most recognized in 20 or 30 years, when the world asks itself, 'What were we thinking back then?' A prestigious prize for environmental reporting makes such good sense."

--Glenn Kramon, assistant managing editor for enterprise reporting, The New York Times

2007 Winners: Altered Oceans, The Los Angeles Times

Altered Oceans website
Altered Oceans website


"I want to give special thanks to Jeremy and Hannelore Grantham for elevating the visibility of environmental reporting in newsrooms around the country -- places where it doesn't always get its due respect."

-- Kenneth Weiss, 2007 Grantham Prize co-winner

2006 Winners: Toxic Legacy, The Record

Toxic Legacy Web Site
Toxic Legacy Web Site

"Beyond the very pleasant motivation that comes from winning, the exposure to so many environmental experts and others at the seminars has significantly improved my own understanding of the underlying issues, parochial and global."

-- Tim Nostrand, investigations editor, The Record, and 2006 Grantham Prize co-winner