Before feeling the full brunt of rising seas, the Kiribati people eke out a life on narrow ribbons of land exposed to waves, wind and tide. There's no room for retreat surrounded by the Pacific Ocean.
Planet Earth's average temperature has risen approximately one degree Fahrenheit in the last fifty years. By the end of this century it will be several degrees higher, according to the latest climate research.
But global warming is doing more than simply making things a little warmer. It's changing rainfall, causing heat waves, and making sea level rise, all of which create real human suffering.
This Pulitzer Gateway brings together reporting from Pulitzer Center grantees on the abilities of communities in diverse regions to "bounce-back" and adapt to impacts of climate change: We highlight in-depth reporting on global warming in France, southern Africa, Bangladesh, and India, produced by Daniel Grossman in partnership with WBUR.
Our journalists investigate climate change in the Arctic—the effects on indigenous communities, the destruction of the fragile natural environment, and the conflict between humans and polar bears. One interactive, award-winning multi-media project, "Sea Change," looks at ocean acidification, its impact on fishing, people's livelihoods, and food security. The documentary "Easy Like Water" features a solar-powered school boat in Bangladesh, where flooding may create 20 million "climate refugees" by mid-century.
Issues discussed in this Gateway range from the future of the residents of Kiribati, a low-lying island nation in the Pacific, to the biological diversity of the rain forest in Peru, and the psychological effects of climate change on the inhabitants of Australia and Fiji.