Tonight in Naples, Florida, LA Times reporter Kenneth R. Weiss and photographer Rick Loomis will accept a check for $10,000 and the Edward J. Meeman Award for their five-part series “Beyond 7 Billion.” It’s the winner of the 2012 Scripps Howard Foundation Award for Environmental Reporting.

The pair’s look at what it will take for the earth’s human population to preserve the planet’s ecosystem beat out reports by InsideClimate News and Pro Publica. The fact that the former recently won a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting makes this LAT victory especially sweet.

Other winners to be honored tonight in South Florida, where the awards ceremony was moved from its previous Washington D.C. home, are journalists with the Chicago Tribune (Public Service Reporting), The Denver Post (Breaking News) and the PBS program Need to Know (Television/Cable In-Depth National and International Coverage):

John Carlos Frey, John Larson and Brian Epstein‘s documentation in the Need to Know episode “Crossing the Line at the Border” of abuses by the U.S. Border Patrol led members of Congress to call for an internal review, and the United Nations to address what it called “an international issue of concern.”

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