From the U.S. to India, alarm has long been raised about overpopulation, leading to calls for harsh measures to curb it. But is population control the answer?
Asia, Effect of Human Activities on the Earth
When a Filipino woman leaves her home to work overseas as a nanny, she knows that it will be years before she sees her own children again.
Polar bears in Greenland struggle to find food as climate change chips away at Arctic ice. Climatologists say the resulting bear vs. human conflict is a warning for communities worldwide.
Climate change, Ecosystems
Michael Edison Hayden and Sami Siva report from West Bengal, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh on India’s health care crisis.
Photojournalist Sean Gallagher talks about his experiences documenting health and environmental issues related to pollution.
Asia, Economics, Human Rights, Effect of Human Activities on the Earth
Joanne Silberner is visiting Australia and Fiji to find out if changing weather patterns can affect the mental health of a population. The answers aren't so simple.
What happens to an aid-dependent country when the tap suddenly runs dry? See for yourself, as Aaron Ross and Rijasolo hit the road in Madagascar.
One year after the collapse of Rana Plaza many workers in Bangladesh still depend on garment-making—despite the low wages and high safety risk that come with the job.
Asia, Economics, Human Rights
After years of isolation, Burma is experiencing a political thaw that has taken even jaded observers by surprise. But the "New Burma" is not for everyone. Jason Motlagh shares more.
Pulitzer Center grantee Larry C. Price talks about the use of mercury in small-scale gold mining.
Asia, Health, Human Rights
Allison Shelley and Allyn Gaestel report on the silent crisis of abortion in Nigeria.
Africa, Health, Human Rights
Journalist Beenish Ahmed discusses what drove her to report on education in Pakistan and why it's such a vexed and critical question for the future of the country.
Asia, Education and learning, Human Rights
Saudi Arabia's religious landscape is evolving, posing challenges to the ultraconservative version of Islam on which the kingdom was founded. What will that mean for its future governance?
Religion and religious tolerance
Karachi is the world’s most violent city, with about 2,000 murders in 2013 as a result of its virulent gang politics. The city’s gangsters are openly linked to Pakistan’s national parties.
Asia, The Political and Social Conditions of Developing Nations, Modern Day Conflicts
In Mali children are given anti-malarials to prevent the disease. Use on a large scale is leading to drug-resistant strains of malaria, yet health workers say the benefits outweigh the risks.
In the wake of failed attempts to pass immigration reform in 2013, a controversial new bill seeks to tighten enforcement.
At "Know Your Status" Free Ball, Baltimore City Health Department shines spotlight on ballroom scene in hopes of helping community members get tested for HIV.
In one of 45 states to adopt Common Core standards, Illinois administrators, teachers, parents, students and legislators respond to the new policy in ways that belie the national reaction.
America is grappling with a "residency bottleneck" on top of projected doctor shortages. In solving this problem, Congress is reconsidering the structure of medical residencies.
Although the government and NGOs think of buffers as the best way to deal with runoff in the Chesapeake Bay, a growing body of evidence suggests otherwise.