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EarthSky // Press Released Jan 12, 2012

EarthSky wins Global Media Award for population reporting

The EarthSky team joins the PBS NewsHour and other winners today (January 12, 2012) in receiving an award for excellence in population at the 32nd Annual Global Media Awards. The award, from the Population Institute, is for Best Radio Show.

This awards marks EarthSky’s second award in recent years from the Population Institute. EarthSky was also awarded the Best Radio Show prize in 2009.

Since its founding in 1991, EarthSky – a clear voice for science on 1,200+ broadcast outlets globally – has featured population experts speaking on the challenges to human society created by our still-growing numbers, for example, growing urbanization, climate-related human migration, how to feed an expected human population of 9 billion by 2050, and the economic challenges of the world’s aging population. Each EarthSky podcast is heard in English and Spanish – 4 million times in the U.S. – with millions more listeners overseas on outlets including World Radio Network and Voice of America’s Daybreak Asia/International Edition.

Listen to EarthSky’s award-winning radio shows on population:

Andrew Revkin:Earth in the year of 7 billion humans
Revkin said, “A new way of thinking is required. The old messages of ‘woe is me’ and ‘shame on you’ are so 20th century.”

Hans Rosling, global statistics expert, on numbers and hope.
Rosling says that while some numbers about Earth today reflect an overwhelming reality, some reveal a hopeful future.

Hania Zlotnik on the newest UN population numbers, According to the United Nations, Earth’s human population will cross the seven billion mark on October 31 of 2011. Zlotnik discusses the numbers with EarthSky.

Nina Fedoroff on science for global agricultural challenges, Fedoroff, a geneticist and former science advisor to Secretary of State Clinton, said, “One of the biggest challenges is how to raise the grain crops, the soybeans, the corn, the wheat that will thrive in a much harsher climate.”

More interviews, radio shows, and articles from EarthSky on Earth’s population challenge

Who are the world's seven billion people?

United Nations projections suggest the world has 7 billion inhabitants as of October, 2011

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