Toronto writer and former Globe and Mail reporter Alanna Mitchell was named winner of the $75,000 Grantham Prize for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment Tuesday, edging fellow Canadian Cleo Paskal, one of three other writers cited for an award of merit in the same competition. Mitchell won the honour, funded by the Grantham Foundation and administered by the Metcalfe Institute at the University of Rhode Island, for her second book, Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis. Paskal was cited for her book, Global Warring: How Environmental, Economic and Political Crises Will Redraw the World Map.
Established in 2005, the Grantham Prize is one of the richest available to North American writers and reporters specializing in the environment. Mitchell is the first sole author to have won it, all earlier prizes having gone to such leading newspapers as The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and USA Today.