Young girls are getting pregnant. Domestic violence is on the rise. These are just some of the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and its restrictions in an area where water is scarce.
Water and Sanitation
2020 UC Berkeley School of Journalism Reporting Fellow Michaela Vatcheva examines how COVID-19 has limited scientists' ability to examine a mysterious die-off of gray whales in the Pacfic.
Increasing salinity from rising sea levels, storm surges, and declining river flow, threatens the livelihood of millions of paddy farmers in the Indian Sundarbans and other Asian deltas.
How can someone adequately protect their land, if on paper they don’t even exist? Disha Shetty and Tish Sanghera detail the challenges behind their Environment Undone reporting and how infrastructure projects in India manipulate data and coordinates.
The economic argument for the Ken-Betwa Link Project has also not been factored against the significant ecological toll that damming a river, diverting its course and disrupting ecosystems will bring.
In Kenya, poor communities are getting more access to clean, safe water as they work to combat the spread of COVID-19.
The Covid-19 pandemic has slowed the trade between Rwanda and the neighbouring DR Congo putting at risk more than a million people in Goma who depend on the Rwandan water
Community-driven initiatives to provide water, sanitation, and awareness in Kibera, the largest informal settlement in Africa, are also helping protect vulnerable residents against COVID-19
As the Arctic warms, the Alaska Native Inupiat adapt to changing conditions at the very northern tip of the United States.
As flooding has rapidly worsened in scale and frequency, people are demanding action from their governments. Unfortunately, stormwater management is a costly problem that is not easily solved.
North Carolina has recently boosted its efforts to study and prepare for climate change while some say that work to address rising sea levels had begun years earlier.
Research has confirmed that coronavirus can spread through wastewater, which is a very dangerous indicator. The battle against the epidemic is more fragile in Iraq than elsewhere, since the country lacks the minimum required public health standards, such as clean, safe water.
Alien invaders, primarily two plant species, threaten the livelihoods of 10,000 households surrounding Wular Lake in Kashmir, India.
A revolution is awakening in Cambodia—with protests led by a monk who is speaking out against the environmental destruction of his country.
China confronts a hidden but grave environmental threat—soil pollution related to industrial development that affects as much as one fifth of China's farmland.
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.
Pollution in India is a hidden problem with catastrophic consequences affecting rural and urban areas. Chromium contamination, lead pollution and pesticide poisoning have left a toxic trail.
While Nepal’s hydropower potential is great, economic, health and environmental impacts from dams are emerging. Steve Matzker and Jennifer Gonzalez explore water rights issues in the region.
Panama is confronting its electricity crisis by constructing a major dam near a territory designated for the Ngäbe-Buglé, an indigenous people who believe the dam will threaten their way of life.
Despite Botswana's mineral wealth and rapid development, thirst is widespread across its sandy lands.
A push-pull between Ghana’s residents and its department of waste management has been ongoing—trash bins have been stolen and open defecation is commonplace. A turnaround may be in the works.
Tajikistan is chronically unstable and corrupt—and now bracing for more chaos from Afghanistan. Its president is staking his country's future on the biggest dam in the world.
Shale gas is an energy phenomenon not just in a broad swath of the United States but in places like eastern Europe, too. In both regions there is a tangled mix of hopes, hype, and concern.
Trans-boundary water tensions with Iran and Pakistan cast a shadow on the development of Afghanistan's mainly agricultural economy.
Over the next 20 years, New York will pour millions of dollars into upgrading its water infrastructure. Our student reporters explain the importance of this upgrade.
"If you want to clean up the river, you need to close the chemical plants and stop throwing the garbage. Then the goverment can offer the water to this river again."
The rope of the bucket got longer and longer, which they used to get the water from the wells. Everyday the well became dirtier and dirtier.
Dozens of people fished in the lake. Then Honghu Park Service set up "No Fishing" warning signs, but people still fished anyway.
"This year, sunshine, fertile soil, enough water, we will have a good harvest!" Then he smiled like a sun.
My mother needed to fetch water over 200 meters away in the well and she needed to take the wash-water to water the flowers. She also used well water for drinking and cooking.
“Water pollution is a grave problem in the world. We have an eye on the water pollution, and we have to protect it.”
The river became blacker and blacker each day, and people who lived close to the river could smell some stink, and they left too.
The water failed to meet drinking water standards and people got nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and other symptoms. Then people dug wells to survive.
"I was afraid to imagine the water that runs on the river," says my father. My father's name is Bin Li. He is 42 years old.
I saw dead fish floating on the river and also smelled the smell. Mother said, "When I was young, the water was so clear, I could clearly see the fish swimming in the water."
"When I was a kid," said my grandmother, "the water was so clean that you could swim, drink, or catch fish. Now it's so dirty that almost nothing is alive. The water of this river is totally polluted and people don't have enough water to drink."
A 1,125-mile trek up Canada’s Mackenzie River, grantee Jason Motlagh explores the Darien Gap, and growing violence against refugees in Germany.
For the first time in six years, the UN has acknowledged responsibility for a cholera outbreak in Haiti that has killed thousands.
Pulitzer Center grantees receive award for helping audiences understand the global significance of groundwater depletion on land rights, livelihoods and the environment.
Gold mining in Indonesia leaves a toxic trail across generations.
The Pulitzer Center has partnered with university and college professors and teachers to design example lesson plans on journalism and public health.
Pulitzer Center grantee often finds himself grappling with moral questions faced by people who live in desperation. Read more from British Journal of Photography interview.
Comprehensive, interactive reporting project by Ian James and Steve Elfers for The Desert Sun and USA Today is honored by the Overseas Press Club for environmental reporting.
This week's news on all things Pulitzer Center Education.
Documentaries screened focus on critical water, health and environmental issues around the globe. Future of environmental journalism also among topics raised during panel discussion.
Grantee documentaries featured at the 2016 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital explore critical global environmental and public health issues.
This week's news on all things Pulitzer Center Education.
The Society of Professional Journalists honors nine 2015 Pulitzer Center student fellows at regional awards ceremonies throughout the country.