Updated at 3.45pm: Mainland environmentalist and former South China Morning Post journalist Michael Ma Jun has been awarded a 2004 Yale World Fellowship. Yale University President Richard Levin confirmed overnight (HK time) that Mr Ma had been awarded the fellowship. A university spokesman said Mr Ma was currently promoting sustainable environmental management through publications and lectures. Mr Ma is a partner and consultant with the Sinosphere Corporation. The corporation is a US consultancy and representative of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) in China. It advises corporations and governments on environmental issues. Mr Ma worked for Beijing's SCMP.com editorial office in China. From 1993 to 2002, he worked for The South China Morning Post as a researcher and journalist. During his career with the paper, he reported on mainland politics, business and environmental issues. In 1999, Mr Ma published China's Water Crisis. The book explored the origins of the mainland's problems with floods, water scarcity and pollution. This year, 17 people of different nationalities were awarded 2004 Yale World Fellowships. The programme says it offers people 'the opportunity to broaden their knowledge, gain new perspectives, sharpen their skills, and build the networks of relationships needed to meet the demands of issues on the local, national, and global scales'.