Founded in 1942, the duPont-Columbia Awards uphold the highest standards in journalism by honoring winners annually, informing the public about those journalists' contributions and supporting journalism education and innovation. The team behind Arctic Sinkholes received the award during an in-person ceremony on Monday, February 6 at the Low Memorial Library at Columbia University.
From Executive Producers Tom Adams and Justine Kershaw of Blink Films, in association with ARTE France, Arctic Sinkholes explores mystifying phenomena occurring across the Arctic—including colossal explosions that have shaken the Siberian tundra, leaving behind massive craters, and a lake in Alaska that erupts with bubbles of flammable gas. The film follows teams of U.S. and international scientists as they investigate these events, finding evidence that these Arctic landscapes are ticking timebombs—with vast amounts of methane, a potent greenhouse gas being released by melting permafrost. As local communities recount their experience of a landscape shifting irreversibly right before their eyes, the film examines the possible implications of these dramatic developments, the scale of the methane threat, and what it could mean for our climate future.
“By delivering viewers a deeper understanding of our rapidly changing world, NOVA has been an essential part of the science and technology journalism landscape for nearly five decades,” said GBH President and CEO, Susan Goldberg. “This esteemed award is a testament to the diligence and dedication that the team consistently displays in ensuring that high-quality, informative and inclusive programming is made accessible to our viewers across the world.”
NOVA was one of 16 winners of this year’s awards. Additional recipients can be found here.
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