After 10 years and over $350,000 worth of grants, Georgia has something its neighbors don't: a database mapping almost 60,000 coastal septic tanks.
Water and Sanitation
Old equipment and rising sea levels can mean serious problems for septic systems—and pollution of local waterways—on the Georgia coast.
For centuries, the Quilombola people, descendants of escaped African slaves, have survived against insurmountable odds in the Amazon rainforest. Now industrial pollution and a pandemic are threatening their existence.
Although fecal transmission of a pathogen is tricky to confirm—and proving that a virus spreads via building waste pipes is even more difficult—it is entirely possible, several researchers tell ScienceInsider.
Fires have decimated Cambodia's swamp forests in recent years, destroying critical fish habitats and forcing some fishermen to take up farming on Tonle Sap's increasingly dry shores.
This multimedia project provides a panoramic view of the water difficulties during the spread of COVID-19, in the southern and northern extremes of Lima, Peru.
As Nairobi deals with a water shortage amidst the pandemic, and water cartels illegally cut into pipes, how are slum dwellers accessing water that is so critical to fight the spread of infection?
The coronavirus pandemic has pushed some water systems in rural North Carolina to the brink as thousands of customers haven’t settled their bills.
An old mill promises to boost businesses in Ketchikan hit by lockdowns, but critics worry about toxins trapped under the sea.
Indonesia’s poor waste management and open-dumping systems are not only harmful to the environment, but during the COVID-19 pandemic, improperly disposed of medical waste poses a great danger to human health. It could jeopardize efforts to flatten the curve.
Intensive and prolonged rainfall in Uganda has caused a rapid rise in Lake Victoria's water levels, posing a major threat to businesses and communities that line the shores of the lake.
Lack of safe access to water and sanitation has made Omoro, Uganda, particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, after the district failed to raise funds to repair over 200 boreholes.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes on the Herculean task of cleaning up his country’s most sacred river, the Ganges. Can he succeed where all his predecessors have failed?
Pollution sickens and kills millions of people worldwide each year. This project explores the most toxic places with a focus on causes, consequences and possible solutions.
What happens at the source of the worlds biggest water transfer project?
In northwest Zimbabwe, water sources are returning, people no longer depend on food aid, and wildlife populations are rebounding. What’s happening, and what does it mean for other poor areas?
In places around the world, supplies of groundwater are rapidly vanishing. As aquifers decline and wells begin to go dry, people are being forced to confront a growing crisis.
Battling human and natural challenges, the Nile river is in increasingly poor health. Can it recover?
In eastern Nepal, a Hepatitis E epidemic infected over 5,000 people, killing over a dozen. But in Kathmandu, water scarcity provides opportunity for some.
Six hundred million Indians defecate outside every day. What does this mean for Indian society and what will it take to change this practice?
Nicaragua says a $50 billion interoceanic canal would give the country the economic boost it needs to escape grinding poverty. But environmentalists and scientists say the project is poorly planned.
India has declared 2015-2016 as Jal Kranti Varsh, or Water Revolution Year. What will this mean for the Ganges, the country’s most sacred and notoriously polluted river?
The cholera epidemic that hit Haiti four years ago bears some startling resemblances to one that devastated Manhattan two centuries earlier.
In the Indian border state of Sikkim, indigenous Himalayan communities charted for hydroelectric dam construction fight to protect their sacred rivers.
Nigerian journalist Ameto Akpe answers questions via video on government accountability, and water and sanitation. You can watch here.
Nigerian journalist Ameto Akpe to answer your questions via video on government accountability, and water and sanitation. Submit your question today!
From drought in Chihuahua to vanishing glaciers in Ecuador, Simeon Tegel reports that Latin America is already being hit hard by climate change.
Lake Titicaca finds itself at great risk from upstream urban pollution as Bolivian residents migrate from the countryside to cities, overwhelming the infrastructure and sending pollution downstream.
As the trash in Nairobi's vast Dandora dump continues to pile up, photojournalist Micah Albert looks Kenya's waste management disaster.
Resources for teachers and students ahead of journalist Stephen Sapienza's visit.
Resources for students and teachers ahead of journalist Ameto Akpe's visit.
A documentary by Chicago students working with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and Free Spirit Media.
In this lesson, students will learn what wetlands are, where they are found, and better understand their value to humans, animals, and the environment.
Do the economic benefits of coal mining outweigh the environmental, health, and safety risks of the extraction process? This lesson explores the growing coal mining industry in Colombia, relating it to the same industry in the U.S.
New York City spends millions a year to maintain some of the highest quality tap water in the world–without filtering. Yet, some reports indicate this trend may be coming to an end.
What is bottled water? Where does it come from? And why do so many people pay for it when you can get it for free?
Sean Gallagher interviewed by Daily Iowan during inaugural campus visit discusses importance of multimedia journalism in reporting environmental issues.
Educators gathered at the University of Chicago for a two-day intensive professional development on integrating international journalism into their classrooms.
The New York Times Magazine virtual reality film "The Fight for Falluja" and two other grantee projects have been named finalists in the Online Journalism Awards.
After the Pulitzer Center journalists' visit to the Free Spirit Media Program in June, students show their documentaries on fortune tellers, masculinity, safe spaces, and the use of marijuana.
The Pulitzer Center partners with Skype in the Classroom to facilitate engaging virtual conversations with professional journalists in classrooms across the U.S. and beyond.
Science film site Labocine profiles Pulitzer Grantee Dan Grossman on his coverage of climate change.
Fellows spent time in Washington, D.C. preparing for their international reporting projects and learning from Pulitzer Center staff and professional journalists.
Four Pulitzer Center grantees, 15 students, and wide range of documentary film topics mark eighth year of partnership with Free Spirit Media.
This week: unregulated textile factories across Asia, a Somali migrant profiled, Jon Sawyer and Marvin Kalb dissect Trump and the media.
Stanford University reports on this year's Knight-Risser Prize, won by grantee Ian James.
Growing Isolationism in the arctic, celebrating the Pulitzer Center's 10th anniversary, and India's dilemma of providing electricity to 1.3 billion people.
Reporting delved into range of topics: corporate responsibility and mining, vanishing water aquifers and farming communities, and the legacy of the 'population bomb.'