Water and Sanitation

Omirserik Ibragimov, 25, uses a net to ice fish on the frozen surface of the North Aral Sea near Tastubek, Kazakhstan. Image by Taylor Weidman. Kazakhstan, 2017.
February 19, 2018 by Taylor Weidman, Dene-Hern Chen

For the fishing villages around the Aral Sea in Kazakhstan, fortunes ebb and flow with the water's tide.

In Khulna, the Polder 32 area. Image by Tanmoy Bhaduri. Bangladesh, 2017.
February 1, 2018 by Warren Cornwall, Tanmoy Bhaduri

In the 1960s, Bangladesh walled off parts of its coast to stop flooding and create farmland. Today that land is afflicted with chronic flooding, due to these very walls. Can the problem be solved?

A dive into the deep sea illuminates a world full of possibilities for both discoveries of extraordinary life and opportunities for exploitation. Image by Sarah Fahmy. United States, 2016.
December 7, 2016 by Sarah Fahmy

An exploration into the emerging industry of underwater mining leads to more questions than answers. With time running out before this practice begins, are we acting irresponsibly?

Brian Castner paddled the 1125 mile Mackenzie River in this canoe to report on climate change. Image by Brian Castner. Canada, 2016.
September 12, 2016 by Brian Castner

What climate change looks like in the Canadian Arctic, from a canoe on the Mackenzie River.

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?

May 25, 2016 by Larry C. Price, Justin Kenny

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.

January 5, 2016 by Sharron Lovell

What happens at the source of the worlds biggest water transfer project?

Image by Tony Eprile. Zimbabwe, 2014.
December 29, 2015 by Judith D. Schwartz

In northwest Zimbabwe, water sources are returning, people no longer depend on food aid, and wildlife populations are rebounding. What’s happening, and what does it mean for other poor areas?

December 10, 2015 by Ian James, Steve Elfers

In places around the world, supplies of groundwater are rapidly vanishing. As aquifers decline and wells begin to go dry, people are being forced to confront a growing crisis.

Image by Jonathan Rashad. Ethiopia, 2015.
December 10, 2015 by Peter Schwartzstein, Jonathan Rashad

Battling human and natural challenges, the Nile river is in increasingly poor health. Can it recover?

Image by Pierre Kattar. Nepal, 2015.
September 16, 2015 by Pierre Kattar

In eastern Nepal, a Hepatitis E epidemic infected over 5,000 people, killing over a dozen. But in Kathmandu, water scarcity provides opportunity for some.

Image by Ann Schraufnagel. India, 2015.
August 21, 2015 by Ann Schraufnagel

Six hundred million Indians defecate outside every day. What does this mean for Indian society and what will it take to change this practice?