A worker sorts “wet blue” leather in a small tannery in Kanpur. Image by George Black. India, 2015.
July 20, 2016 / Untold Stories by George Black

George Black has traveled from one end of the Ganges to the other. Along the way he has found industrial cities, pilgrimage centers, and tangled mangrove forests.

Hindus believe that cremation in Varanasi frees them from the cycle of birth, death, and reincarnation. Image by George Black. India, 2016.
July 20, 2016 / Untold Stories by George Black

Every time it passes through a major city the Ganges is little more than an open sewer. Yet in Hindu mythology, it is a goddess, Ganga, the great purifier, the cleanser of sins.

Pilgrims take a “holy dip” in the sacred river. Image by George Black. India, 2015.
July 19, 2016 / Untold Stories by George Black

Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power talking little about matters of faith but a lot about his plans to build a new, clean India—a campaign he calls Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

Ganges waste
July 18, 2016 / The New Yorker by George Black

More than a billion gallons of waste enter the river every day. Can India’s controversial Prime Minister save it?

A pilgrim takes a holy dip in river Ganges
July 18, 2016 by George Black

Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes on the Herculean task of cleaning up his country’s most sacred river, the Ganges. Can he succeed where all his predecessors have failed?

June 13, 2016 / Yale Environment 360 by Dan Grossman

A steel structure in the Amazon, taller than the Eiffel Tower, will soon begin monitoring the atmosphere above the world’s largest tropical forest.

Courtesy Daniel Grossman
June 13, 2016 / The Fern by Dan Grossman

Philip Fearnside, a biologist who studies the relationship between human activities, such as agriculture, and the protection of tropical forests, says that soy production threatens the Amazon forest.

June 8, 2016 / Untold Stories by Larry C. Price

Larry C. Price offers a rare glimpse inside recycling smelters on the island of Java in Indonesia where operators smelt lead from used batteries with little regard for environmental regulations.

June 8, 2016 / Untold Stories by Larry C. Price

Mercury waste from small-scale gold mining contaminates air, water and food to sicken and kill. In this photo essay Larry C. Price shows us mercury's deadly toll, especially on the young, in an...

June 3, 2016 / National Geographic by Larry C. Price, Richard Paddock

A tradition of metalworking has left a historic village contaminated with high doses of lead. Now the threat continues from battery recyclers spewing toxic smoke.

May 25, 2016 by Larry C. Price, Richard Paddock

Pollution sickens and kills millions of people worldwide each year. This project explores the most toxic places with a focus on causes, consequences and possible solutions.

May 24, 2016 / National Geographic by Richard Paddock, Larry C. Price

Mercury waste from small-scale gold mining contaminates air, water and food to sicken and kill. In a series on global pollution, we look at mercury's deadly toll, especially on the young.

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