SINGAPORE - Straits Times journalist Nirmal Ghosh has won an award for his coverage of environmental issues in the region.
The Indochina bureau chief walked away with a merit award in the City Developments Limited (CDL) Environmental Journalist of the Year category at the Singapore Environment Council's (SEC) fourth Asian Environmental Journalism Awards.
Mr Ghosh, 55, said that one of the greatest challenges faced when it comes to reporting on the environment is the question of how to translate complex scientific data for the reading public. "The issues addressed are usually not just in black or white, but complex shades of grey," he said at the awards ceremony at Orchard Hotel on Tuesday (Oct 20).
One of the stories that he submitted for the award touched on how low-lying areas like the Maldives are particularly vulnerable to the effects of rising sea levels brought about by climate change, where even a few centimetres increase will lead to an exponential growth in stronger storms, big waves and tides.
NewsChina magazine editor Wang Yan, 33, won the SEC-CDL Environmental Journalist of the Year award for her reports on the controversy surrounding the paraxylene (PX) chemical plant explosions in China.