Books on glaciers, biometrics win $10K Canadian science writing prizes
The science writing prize annually gives $10,000 each to the winners of the young reader and adult categories.
Birmingham's book Biometrics, written for readers aged 8 to 12, is about the science of using the body to identify a person, including methods like fingerprinting and retinal scanning. Judges praised the book for its "uniqueness."
"Overall, this book is packed with fascinating information delivered in an engaging, concise, easy to read format that will appeal to a broad range of children," said the judges in a press release.
Sandford, the EPCOR Chair for Water and Climate Security at United Nations University, writes and photographs the Columbia Icefield in his award-winning book Our Vanishing Glaciers. He estimates that as many as 300 glaciers may have disappeared in the Canadian Rocky Mountains since 1920.
"Though less dramatic than hurricanes and wildfires, the shrinking of the glaciers is another manifestation of the effects of global warming or climate change. And indeed probably more impactful in the longer run," said the jury in a press release.
"Our Vanishing Glaciers provides the history and science of glacial formation and a chronicle of the recent accelerated retreat and melting process."
The winners were announced at an awards ceremony on Nov. 13, 2018 in Toronto.