"The most important solid substance on earth," Vince Beiser tells us, is sand—used to build skyscrapers and shopping malls from Boston to Beijing. But the world is running out.
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"What does home mean?" Jeanne Carstensen asks as she reports from the Serbian border with Hungary. To many home may mean security—but for refugees that is not a simple matter.
Photographer Diana Markosian discusses her collaborative series, 'Year One,' which profiles a refugee family's first year in Germany as they witness some of their first experiences.
For more than 30 years, James Whitlow Delano has documented the U.S./Mexico border. He now takes a close at the people as he examines financial, political and human rights implications.
Journalist Sophie Pinkham discusses her reporting on AIDS activism in eastern Ukraine and how the war and take-over by pro-Russian separatists have affected HIV treatment and policy.
Kai Schultz reports from the Maldives on its transition to democracy, the misappropriation of tourist taxes, safety at resorts, and the growing fear of Islamic radicalization.
200 environmental and human rights activists are assassinated each year, according to Global Witness. Fred Pearce investigates the headline-grabbing slayings of three of these activists.
Bozeman, Montana-based journalist Elliott Woods reports on animal poaching and human rights abuses in the Central African Republic in 2016.
Ingrid Gercama and Nathalie Bertrams reported from Malawi on the perils of cooking smoke and show how "unclean" cooking is causing a global health crisis with huge environmental consquences.
Grantee Justin Kenny discusses his reporting on Bangladesh tanneries.
Rachel is a Brooklyn-based freelance science journalist who is writing a book about the illegal wildlife trade. She traveled to Malawi and South Africa to report on the war on poaching.
Kira Zalan traveled to Sudan to report on radicalization, a problem for many communities in different regions of the African continent.