Western North Carolina's population is growing quickly. One reason: climate change. However, this population boom may create greater threats for the brook trout, a climate-sensitive species.
The pandemic signaled the downfall for many small businesses. But Western North Carolina, known for its mountains and fishing, has seen an enormous influx of people, with many implications for the region.
"I've lived in southern Illinois my whole life, yet I never knew about the railroad tie plant until I attended a meeting where nearly 20 showed up to decry the environmental racism many lived with their whole lives."
Designed to hold 3,000 people, Moria refugee camp now has 13,000 residents. The overcrowding makes it nearly impossible to follow social distancing guidelines and practice proper hygiene during the pandemic.
Once travel restrictions were lifted, a day in the field revealed how Radio Indígena has adapted work styles and utilized Spanish and Mixtec languages to continue reaching vulnerable populations.
"Skillful means come from the lama, and knowledge comes from the amchi [doctors]. When the two work together as one, we will live a longer life." — Tsering Thinley
Documentary filmmaking always requires a degree of flexibility. A pandemic makes that a necessity.
As COVID-19 cases rise in Ohio, migrant farmworkers live closely in cramped quarters. They remain one of the most vulnerable sectors of the population.
Before it was outlawed, the Brazilian government federally isolated leprosy patients in remote colonies. Decades later, the children of these patients are calling for federal reparations.
The COVID-19 pandemic has not halted illegal mining in the Venezuelan Amazon, and, as before, the little profit that miners receive today comes at a great cost for the land.
2020 Elon University Reporting Fellow Anton L. Delgado traveled to Brazil to report on the rising cases of leprosy within the country. This video documents his own leprosy evaluation after nearly a month spent reporting in the field.
After decades in isolation without an education, former leprosy colony residents attend classes through a new pilot program.
Our student fellows and professional journalists reflect on the importance of being flexible, remaining open to where stories lead, and listening to the people whose stories we tell.