In considering the specific challenges and opportunities facing today’s democracy and democratic engagement in the United States, the Fund has revised the program guidelines for its Democratic Practice–United States portfolio. The revised guidelines recognize that the goal of advancing a vital and inclusive U.S. democracy is both to improve democratic systems and to enable U.S. citizens and residents to leverage these systems to advance social, racial, and economic justice.
The Carbon Tracker Initiative won the award for Innovation in Communicating Sustainability at the Guardian Sustainable Business Awards on May 14, 2014. According to The Guardian , Carbon Tracker's April 2013 report, Unburnable Carbon: Wasted Capital and Stranded Asset s, reframed the climate debate by translating climate risk into energy demand and prices.
The Center for Public Integrity (CPI) has been awarded a 2014 Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting. CPI was recognized for reporter Chris Hamby's three-part series about how some doctors and lawyers worked against coal miners who were sick and dying of black lung disease. Mr. Hamby spent a year uncovering thousands of pages of previously hidden legal documents for the series, "Breathless and Burdened: Dying from Black Lung, Buried by Law and Medicine."
The National Priorities Project has been nominated for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. For 30 years, NPP has been committed to providing clear and transparent information about the United States' federal budget process, making it easier for citizens to oversee and influence how their tax dollars are spent. The unusual nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize recognizes NPP's important role in informing Americans about the nation's war spending.
The Investigative Reporting Workshop has released the trailer to its upcoming series, Years of Living Dangerously , which will air on Showtime in April 2014. The eight-part series examines the impact of climate change around the world, covering it from three angles: how it is affecting people, the politics that surround the issue, and solutions to address the problem.