As Michigan’s current coastal residents cope with erosion concerns, the story of Singapore is a reminder of the power of nature and how human development can accelerate its forces.
Water and Sanitation
Two competing forces — one from the United States and another from Mexico — are rethinking the region’s oldest and dirtiest problem, imagining it instead as a moneymaking opportunity.
Whose job is it to really keep track of what’s in the Tijuana River? Nobody’s really raising their hand.
Vibrio is being found more often along the Carolina coast as warming temperatures and heavy rains and winds push waves of ocean water inland.
"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."
Lack of attention to climate issues should challenge journalists to do more to define the threat of climate change in ways the public can see. Wider public understanding will build a basis for action.
After floods and multiple hurricanes, homes in Sellers, South Carolina, are plagued with mold. This mold is causing health problems for Sellers residents.
A toxic bacteria, vibrio, is being found more often along the Carolina coast. The earth’s warming climate is a major reason vibrio is an increasing threat to people across the planet.
Charleston-area floodwaters are a festering soup of disease-carrying microbes. Tests results of water samples showed sky-high levels of E. coli bacteria — in some places more than 60 times higher than state limits.
In two hours, more than 3 inches fell by Charleston’s medical district as streets turned into rapids. Have the floods gotten worse in recent years? “No doubt,” said one resident.
Rainstorms flooded the Charleston area with a murky soup that likely contains unsafe levels of bacteria and viruses.
The World Health Organization suggests frequent hand washing to help combat COVID-19. But this recommendation can be hard to implement in Nigeria, where over half of households do not have access to water on their premises.
Come with us as we explore Cape Cod to better understand what climate change is doing here, what it means for the future of this beloved place, and what the cost of inaction could be.
The Netherlands has long battled back the sea, but climate change is forcing the lowland nation to rethink its approach. It's now learning to live with water rather than fight it.
After 15 years of one disaster after another, what does a changing climate mean for the survival of Mississippi's Gulf fisheries?
In mountainous Bhutan, water is critical. From Himalayan glaciers to Indian plains, rivers sustain hydropower—Bhutan’s largest export. As climate change threatens, Bhutan must adapt to grow globally.
Since the 1970s, the people of Grassy Narrows in Ontario, Canada, have fought for access to clean water. Years of government inaction have resulted in the birth of generations of activists. Still, they fight.
An investigation into the socio-environmental impacts caused by the construction of six hydroelectric dams on the Teles Pires river in Brazil's Mato Grosso state.
As world water shortages worsen, foreign companies are scooping up fertile land in the Nile River basin. But how are some of the world’s poorest countries affected? Water Journalists Africa reports.
After three years of severe drought, Cape Town’s water supply is at the brink of failure. How do leaders and residents respond to an era of unreliable water?
For the fishing villages around the Aral Sea in Kazakhstan, fortunes ebb and flow with the water's tide.
In the 1960s, Bangladesh walled off parts of its coast to stop flooding and create farmland. Today that land is afflicted with chronic flooding, due to these very walls. Can the problem be solved?
An exploration into the emerging industry of underwater mining leads to more questions than answers. With time running out before this practice begins, are we acting irresponsibly?
What climate change looks like in the Canadian Arctic, from a canoe on the Mackenzie River.
Ian James and Steve Elfers discuss their global investigation into groundwater depletion.
What to do when an earthquake steals the lede of your story? Pierre Kattar and Rajneesh Bhandari reflect on how they changed course to produce a more timely video story for NPR.
McClatchy journalists and Pulitzer Center grantees Brittany Peterson and Tim Johnson interview Nicaraguans about the proposed canal that threatens to split the country in two.
Writer Chris Kraul traveled to Nicaragua to explore the environmental impact of a new $50 billion interoceanic canal.
Along the banks of the Ganges River in the lap of the Himalayas, Cameron Conaway talks about why he has embarked on his project "Rejuvenating the Ganga."
A revolution is awakening in Cambodia—with protests led by a monk who is speaking out against the environmental destruction of his country.
Uganda has a sanitation crisis, and it will take innovative solutions to help this country suffering from its own waste, where only 30 percent of the population has access to improved sanitation.
Photojournalist Sean Gallagher talks about his experiences documenting health and environmental issues related to pollution.
Le Monde journalist Yves Eudes discusses his six-part reporting project on climate change in the Arctic.
Journalist Mujib Mashal reports on trans-boundary water issues in Afghanistan.
Travelling across Pennsylvania and Ohio, Dimiter Kenarov explores the economic and environmental issues related to shale gas extraction, and the rising anti-fracking movement in the region.
Dimiter Kenarov reports on shale gas development in Poland.
Could the key to protecting and saving our environment be through religion and spirituality?
April 7 is World Health Day, focusing this year on universal health coverage. If you want to help students understand the health crises facing their communities and the world as a whole, we have resources for you.
Watch Jacopo Ottaviani and the Pulitzer Center's Steve Sapienza discuss the growing use of data journalism in Africa's newsrooms, tips for organizing cross-border collaborations, and how civic technology capacity is influencing the use of open data and open governments in certain African countries.
This week: reunification dreams stall due to continuing crisis along the border, Cape Town's water issues run deep, and Bhopal's 34-year-old environmental disaster still plagues residents.
Taylor Weidman will showcase photos of how the Aral Sea is experiencing a resurgence of fish after large-scale restoration efforts.
In the latest installment in PDN's "How I Got The Grant" series, grantees Sean Gallagher and James Whitlow Delano discuss their Pulitzer Center experience.
This week: How global warming is thawing the arctic, children in a Peruvian mining town are suffering negative health effects, and in Kenya refugee children from 19 countries live together.
This week: announcing a student poetry contest and workshop opportunity, coping with glacier melt in the Himalayas, and finding the intersections of arts and journalism in Winston-Salem.
Photographer Tanmoy Bhaduri will be taking over the Pulitzer Center's Instagram account the week of April 2, 2018.
This week: considering the impact of the U.S.-Mexico border wall, students learning digital storytelling at USA Today, and exploring aerial photography of natural disasters.
As part of the Pulitzer Center's education program, middle school students from the School Without Walls at Francis Stevens went behind the scenes at USA Today.
Sean Gallagher was interviewed by the University of Iowa's College of Public Health about his work covering environmental issues in Asia.
This lesson asks students to compare the water crisis facing Flint, Michigan to a water crisis in China. Students use digital resources and practice cooperative learning and writing skills.
Students will discuss how they use water, predict the impacts of a reduced groundwater supply, investigate articles and video, and create advocacy campaigns in support of groundwater regulations.
This lesson plan examines the effects of rapidly depleting groundwater reserves around the world using photos, video, interactive maps, startling statistics and rich interviews.
In this lesson, students explore the causes and consequences of the fragile water and sanitation infrastructure in Nepal.
Students will learn about the importance of water safety and collect class data on swimming involvement.
Essential questions: What is the cost of industrialization and who pays it? How do we determine whether food is safe? How do you balance food security (production) and food safety?
Students analyze cholera mapping, identify community health concerns, and create plans for their own publicity campaigns informing community members of current community health concerns.
This lesson draws from a range of projects on food waste, ocean health, global goods and extractives, food insecurity, water and sanitation and more to support student understanding around...