Finalists tagged with 'Internet'

South Asia

The Water's Edge

Wheeler, William - dispatches (1)
Winner: The Climate Change Negotiations Award
GOOD Magazine (2009-08-01)

A report on the impact of climate change on the glacier-fed Indus River and the rising geopolitical tensions between India and Pakistan. Both countries depend on the river to generate hydropower and, in Pakistan's case, as a primary water source for agricultural irrigation. It is part of a series of print, broadcast, and multimedia reporting sponsored by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting on which, Anna-Katarina Gravgaard, and Bill Wheeler are working. The project looks at water distribution and the impacts of climate change on hydrology from the Himalayan glaciers of Nepal to India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The Indus River offers us a case study in the diplomacy needed to counter climate-induced destabilization. “The Water’s Edge,” first appeared in GOOD Magazine, and was subsequently republished by The Quietus and The Caravan magazines.

United States

Series: A Guide to Carbon Capture and Storage

Biello, David
Winner: North America, EC, Australia & New Zealand Regional Award
Scientific American Earth (2009-06-10)

Can carbon capture and storage save the climate from the consequences of fossil fuel burning? This in-depth report from Scientific American surveys global efforts to eliminate climate impacts from power generation. Without such technology, it will be extremely difficult for the world's largest emitters—China, U.S., the European Union and India—to combat climate change and produce the energy to power the global economy. As an environmental journalist since 1999, I have been covering climate change for a decade now. From the failures of previous negotiations, I have witnessed firsthand the critical role technology will play in solving the problem of excess greenhouse gas emissions as well as making climate change politically possible to solve.

Kenya

Trash is Cash

Tende, Lilian (Wafalme)
Winner: The MTV Positive Change Award
YouTube (2009-09-07)

Trash is Cash, written by Lilian Tende, who will be coming to Copenhagen to accept the award on behalf of the group, is the most recent song performed by Wafalme. The core idea behind this song is to highlight the problems that climate change is causing in people's daily lives.  Acute water shortages and a lack of renewable energy sources make life hard across Kenya. “When we sit back and consider the significant events in the past, the important aspects of our current life, and our future goals, we realize that the underlying theme is not only education (personal and environmental), but also appreciating diversity, especially across ethnic and socio-economic class lines.” Lilian Tende, Wafalme

Australia

Oceans of acid

Pickrell, John - dispatches (2)
Winner: The Climate Change & Nature Award
Cosmos Magazine (2009-02-06)

Every day we hear stories of global warming – melting glaciers, wildfires and drought. But there’s another problem, which may be even more dangerous to sea life, yet many people have never heard of it. It’s ocean acidification: the gradual change in pH as CO2 dissolves in the seas. The frightening thing is that it may already be too late to do much about it. There’s a lag in time between CO2 building up in the atmosphere and its effect on the sea. Current atmospheric levels are high enough to slow the growth of corals, and stop other animals from building shells. To learn more about the problem – and get a clear sense of what we are about to lose – John Pickrell joined Australian scientists on a marine survey vessel over the Great Barrier Reef. Here he learned that entire ecosystems could collapse along with fisheries and tourism. This story follows the desperate struggle of scientists to document changes and find solutions before it’s too late.

Papua New Guinea

Forest Carbon Market Already Shows Cracks

Wynn, Gerard & Creagh, Sunanda
Winner: The Climate Change & Forest Award
Reuters.com (2009-06-04)

This article exposed sharp practice at the office of climate change in Papua New Guinea (PNG) in the use of funds to protect rainforests. UN climate talks and a prospective U.S. climate bill have laid the foundations for a scheme whereby rich countries pay tropical countries to protect their rainforests and in return earn carbon offsets to help them meet their greenhouse gas emissions targets. But development and environment groups have warned that multi-million carbon deals already taking place in advance of such a deal threaten to stoke corruption and land grabs.Reuters in May ran an exclusive report using leaked 2008 papers which showed that the director of the office of climate change had endorsed a $10 million donation to the office from Australia-based carbon brokers. In return, that deal would have given the brokers exclusive rights to sell the carbon stored in vast swathes of the country's forests even though these are owned by the thousands of people that live in them. Reuters obtained a face-to-face interview in Bali with the director of the office of climate change who confirmed the authenticity of the papers. The report raised concerns of questionable practice in emerging forest carbon markets in Papua New Guinea. Shortly afterwards further news of misdeeds at the Office of Climate Change emerged in The Economist. Both these stories resulted in the Head of this office being suspended. The Reuters story was published as negotiations progressed to include a rainforest carbon market in a global deal to be agreed in Copenhagen in December.

Eritrea

Series: Climate change focus on Eritrea

Kindra, Jaspreet
Winner: The Climate Change & Adaptation Award
IRIN News (2009-06-15)

Eritrea is one of the world's poorest countries. Yet it has made some strides in trying to adapt to the impact of climate change, such as, trying to generate electricity through wind power or initiating water harvesting techniques. This article highlights how sheer determination and political will can help overcome a lack of resources.

Bangladesh

Series: Bangladesh: Where the climate exodus begins

Friedman, Lisa
Winner: The Human Voices Award
Climate Wire (2009-03-30)

This five-part series explores the phenomenon of climate migration in Bangladesh, one of the world’s most vulnerable countries. It looks at the issue through the lens of Bangladesh because -- unlike low-lying small island states where the link between rising sea levels and migration is clear – the story here is far more complicated. In countries like Bangladesh, climate change comes amid a background of extreme poverty, poor infrastructure and overpopulation. Climate change also weaves into social trends like globalization and urbanization. These stories are an attempt to delve into the nuances of how rising sea levels, fiercer storms and other weather-related consequences of warming temperatures will – and in many cases already are – changing the lives of people around the world.

United States

Solving the climate dilemma one billion emitters at a time

Fischer, Douglas - dispatches (5)
Winner: The Climate Change & Diplomacy Award
Daily Climate (2009-07-06)

A new framework for reducing carbon emissions takes a crack at the knottiest dilemma confronting a global climate solution: how to divvy cuts between rich and poor nations. The approach attempts to sidestep rancor that has stymied climate negotiations for years. It starts with a surprising finding that virtually every country has a class of individuals – the so-called "high emitters" - enjoying a rich, carbon-intensive lifestyle. If those individuals, no matter their locale, are forced to take responsibility for their emissions, a great swath of countries become participants in the climate effort. "It's ingenious," said one climate expert. "It's a great way to shift the conversation."

Brazil

Series: The Route of Smoke

Fanzeres, Andreia and Prizibisczki, Cristiane
Winner: Global Public Award & Latin America Regional Award
O Eco (2009-09-01)
The problem of fires in Brazil is not a question of the good guys versus the bad guys. It is the result of the economic model the country chose for itself, with a lack of rural assistance, as well as other factors, which place Brazil as one of the five major emitters in the world. “The route of the smoke” series is divided into five chapters. It begins with a discussion about the origin of burnings, going through other stories that show Brazilian structure and investment in preventing and combating forest fires. It also goes in to the consequences of the burning on public heath and the well-being of the jungle, as well as the effects of Amazon fires on climate change. This in depth report gives a voice to the people on the frontline. Those people who live the daily dilemma of striking a match in the dry jungle.
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