Ocean Health

The Helmer Hanssen explored the Polar Night in January 2018. Screenshot from Vox.
May 16, 2018

Students will learn about how climate change impacts the Arctic Ocean. They will also explore how scientific information is communicated to the public.

Screenshot from Vox. 2018.
May 14, 2018 / Vox
by Eli Kintisch

Southern aquatic species are flooding into the far north.

Commuters reading the official newspaper on a Pyongyang Metro platform. Image by Max Pinckers/The New Yorker. North Korea, 2017.
May 3, 2018

This week: celebrating World Press Freedom Day, explaining how melting Arctic ice causes extreme weather, and reflecting on the new memorial to lynching victims in Alabama.

Title screen of "Thaw Part 2." Image by Vox. United States, 2018.
April 22, 2018 / Vox
by Eli Kintisch

Is there a link between the vanishing Arctic sea ice and extreme weather? In part two of a two-part series, Eli Kintisch explores the effects of climate change in the Arctic.

Polar Night. Image by Eli Kintisch. Arctic ocean, 2017.
April 11, 2018
by Eli Kintisch

As the ice vanishes, will the Arctic die? Aboard the Norwegian research vessel Helmer Hanssen, Eli Kintisch explores the mystical Arctic ocean during Polar Night, and finds surprising answers.

The Helmer Hanssen explored the Polar Night in January 2018. Screenshot from Vox.
April 11, 2018 / Vox
by Eli Kintisch

Light is flooding into the Arctic. There will be winners and losers. Vox's Eli Kintisch joined a scientific expedition to investigate.

Image by Jordan Roth. United States, 2016.
April 4, 2018

This week: announcing a student poetry contest and workshop opportunity, coping with glacier melt in the Himalayas, and finding the intersections of arts and journalism in Winston-Salem.

Villagers stand among piles of e-waste in the village of Sangrampur, located south of Kolkata in northeast India. Globally, an estimated 50 million tons of e-waste are produced annually, and much of it ends up in countries like India. Image by Sean Gallagher. India, 2013.
April 2, 2018

In celebration of Earth Day, we've compiled our top ten lesson plans that feature reporting on how communities around the world are responding to diverse environmental issues.

The forests of Wayqecha, Peru rely on moisture from clouds to sustain themselves but climate change is moving that cloud layer higher every year. Image by Dan Metcalfe. Peru, 2017.
March 7, 2018
by Daniel Grossman, Rebecca Kaplan

Pulitzer Center grantee shares his reporting from around the globe including his latest project: “Laboratory Earth,” a look at how changes in tropical jungles could determine our future.  

Seaweed farmers prepare to plant the high-value species in a deep water farm. Crops in shallow water farms have been failing in Zanzibar due to warming sea water temperatures attributed to climate change. Image by Haley Joelle Ott. Tanzania, 2017.
February 7, 2018
by Haley Joelle Ott

Seaweed farming has radically changed the socioeconomic position of rural women in Zanzibar, but climate change is causing massive die-offs and threatening women's new-found status.

Sunset on the beach. Image by Haley Joelle Ott. Zanzibar, 2017.
January 25, 2018 / CBS News
by Haley Joelle Ott

Seaweed farming has enriched rural women in Zanzibar's conservative Muslim society. Now warming sea temperatures are threatening their livelihoods.

Farmers prepare to plant the higher value species of seaweed, Cottonii, in a deep water farm. Crops in shallow water farms have been failing in Zanzibar due to warming seawater temperatures attributed to climate change. Image by Haley Joelle Ott. Zanzibar, 2017.
January 24, 2018
by Haley Joelle Ott

Seaweed farming in Zanzibar generated economic power for rural women, but as climate change causes crop failures, a scientist scrambles to save the industry—and the hard-won gains of women.