India's Pallava Bagla has won the American Geophysical Union (AGU)
David Perlman Award for Excellence in Science Journalism for his
articles on the impact of climate change on Himalayan glaciers.
The Perlman Award of AGU, the largest organisation of earth and
space scientists with more than 58,000 members worldwide,
recognises work published with deadline pressure of one week or
Announcing the award for Bagla, NDTV's science editor, AGU's
Perlman Award selection committee applauded "Bagla's articles for
addressing "a very serious issue in the earth sciences".
"His articles serve as a reminder to journalists to question
sources, to think harder about the agendas and ideas of those
people about whom they are reporting, and to stop the steamroller
of opinions or ideas when the facts just don't back them up."
"Although Bagla's articles reveal embarrassing foibles of
scientists, ultimately they also illustrate science's ability to
self-correct," it said.
The first of his two articles "No Sign of Himalayan Melt Down,
Indian Report Finds", published in the journal Science, explores
dissent among glaciologists regarding the claim by the United
Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
that Himalayan glaciers would imminently disappear.
The second article, "Himalayan Glacier Deadline 'Wrong'",
published by BBC News, reports on an apparent typographical error
in the IPCC claim which appears to explain the panel's
controversial, 300-year acceleration of when Himalayan glaciers
are expected to vanish.
Bagla is also an author. His latest book is "Destination Moon:
India's Quest for Moon, Mars and Beyond". He also freelances
stories to BBC and other media outlets, and contributes
photographs to Corbis images.