article ranks 4th in the IUCN/Reuters International Media Awards

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The winner of the 2012 IUCN – Thomson Reuters Environmental Media Award was announced today. It is Diogo Veríssimo, a conservation biologist from Portugal with a passion for science communication. Diogo is currently undertaking a PhD at the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology at the University of Kent. His entry, Greening the crisis: turning trouble into opportunity, won with 5,352 votes.

Along with the accolade of winning the award, Diogo will receive an all expenses paid trip to South Korea to attend the IUCN World Conservation Congress on Jeju Island in September.

The Award Contest received 162 entries from 48 countries and a total of 26,274 votes!

The following entries were also recognized as runners up:
If NGOs were a political party, we’d vote for them!, by Désirée Francis
The Severe Impact of Climate Change in Himalayas, by Dilip Singh Rai
The true cost of the cheap potato, by Pavlos Georgiadis

Special mention was given to the following articles, which had an important number of votes but were unfortunately above the word limit.
Indian industry pollution blankets Terai in fog, by Shyam Batta
Dead end for Vulture populations?, by Marianne de Nazareth
A tree dies with every human birth, by Subodh Gautam

I would like to thank all people that voted for my entry over the last few weeks, as well as the editors of, in which the article first appeared.