Global Energy Prize Celebrates International Journalists Win in St Petersburg

By: Press Release | Global Energy Prize

23 JUNE 2011, LONDON – Kambiz Foroohar of Bloomberg Markets Magazine (USA) and Terry Macalister of The Guardian (UK) were honoured as winners of the Energy of Word international media competition in a ceremony held in St Petersburg on Thursday 16 June. The winners’ diploma and statuettes were presented by prominent scientists Dr. Philipp Rutberg (Russia) and Dr. Arthur Rosenfeld (USA), winners of the 2011 Global Energy Prize.

Entries were received from 26 countries and in 20 languages, underscoring the global importance of issues and developments in the energy field. Winners were selected for the depth of their research themes, their analytical approach, the innovation of the ideas expressed and the quality of their writing. Both the winning journalists were invited to St. Petersburg to receive their awards and take part in the events of the Global Energy Prize’s Laureates’ Week.

Kambiz Foroohar, a Senior Columnist of Bloomberg Markets Magazine, was awarded the first place for his article “The Power of Green”, which examined the potential and challenges inherent in developing biofuel from algae. Based in New York, Mr. Foroohar is the same journalist who won Financial Story of the Year at the 2004 Foreign Press Association annual awards, and exposed of Stephen Glass, a New Republic writer who fabricated stories, was turned into the 2003 film Shattered Glass.

The second place was granted to Terry Macalister, energy editor of The Guardian. Mr. Macalister was awarded for his coverage of Greenland in “The Arctic Oil Rush”, an article exploring the impact that the discovery of oil and gas reserves could have on the nation’s economy, society and environment.

A separate award was granted for the best energy journalism within Russia, this was presented to Kommersant newspaper reporter Ekaterina Grishkovets, for her article “Networks Will Get Clever.”  

The Energy of Word Award
The Energy of Word is an international media competition, organised by the Global Energy Prize. It was created to encourage journalists to cover the most urgent energy issues facing the world today, to promote analysis of global energy trends and to contribute to the search for answers to energy challenges. Initially established in 2004 as a Russia-wide competition, in 2011 the award was opened up to journalists from around the world for the first time.  

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The Global Energy Prize awards 33 million roubles (approx. US$1.17m) each year, and thus far has been granted to 24 scientists from around the globe, including past Laureates from the US, Great Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Iceland, Ukraine, Russia, and Japan. The President of the Russian Federation participates in each year’s award ceremony held at the conclusion of a week-long celebration of the awardees’ work, Laureates’ Week.  Other world leaders who have supported the prize include the former US President George W. Bush, former British Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, former French President Jacques Chirac and current Canadian Prime Minister, Steven Harper.

The Prize rewards innovation and solutions in global energy research and its concurrent environmental challenges. The degree to which a development contributes to the benefit of humanity is a key driver in deciding the recipient of the Prize.

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