Climate Change

Image by Neeta Satam. India, 2017.
December 1, 2017 by Neeta Satam

The floating islands of Loktak Lake, known as “phumdis,” are home to unique animals and plants and an indigenous community—and are threatened by development.

Winfred Obruk points to the lost beach in Shishmaref, Alaska, where the community's playground and fish-drying racks are now under water. The island faces rapid erosion due to the effects of climate change, and residents have voted twice to relocate. They are determined to move as a community, but while they try to navigate this costly and complicated process, the Chukchi Sea pushes ever-closer to their homes." Image by Nick Mott. Alaska, 2017.
November 22, 2017 by Amy Martin

Season two of Threshold takes listeners to the homes, hunting grounds, and melting coastlines of Arctic peoples, where climate change isn’t an abstract concept, but a part of daily life.

Rosalda Olma, a wife and mother to three kids, opens the front door to what remains of her home in Loiza. The entire home and contents were destroyed by the hurricane, and the family is living in a nearby school for the time being. “It’s hard getting used to these living conditions,” she said. “All five of us are trying to fit inside a single room.” Image by Ryan Michalesko. Puerto Rico, 2017.
October 18, 2017 by Ryan Michalesko

Weeks after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, the island continues its battle for food, water and electricity. Ryan Michalesko reports on the fate of this U.S. territory and its people.

Yousef Chergui herds on his uncle's land in the drying countryside of Algeria's Aurès Mountain region. Image by Yasmin Bendaas, Algeria 2016.
October 12, 2017 by Yasmin Bendaas

Although Algeria is a low emitter of greenhouse gasses, environmental changes like lower rainfall, higher temperatures, and longer cycles of drought have slashed profits for Algerian sheepherders.

Storm water flowing south from Houston overflowed the banks of the Brazos River, sweeping away trees and earth, and flooding low-lying neighborhoods. Image by Alex MacLean. United States, 2017.
September 19, 2017 by Alex MacLean, Daniel Grossman

Hurricane Harvey caused unprecedented flooding of the U.S. Gulf Coast. Alex MacLean and Daniel Grossman fly over the region to report on the damage and seek lessons for better storm resilience.

Sand miners in Badagry, Lagos. Image by Tayo Odusanya. Nigeria, 2017.
September 13, 2017 by Bukola Adebayo, Tina Armstrong

Fine sand is fast disappearing along Lagos coastlines due to unchecked dredging activities. Miners continue with this endeavour despite the environmental impact on Lagos communities.

August 23, 2017 by Michelle Nijhuis, Lynn Johnson

Nearly half the people on earth use open fires to cook their food and heat their homes, and the price they pay is steep. But changing the world's kitchens is surprisingly complicated.

Kingston Family Vineyards. Image by Taylor Lord. Chile, 2017.
June 29, 2017 by Taylor Lord

Chile is internationally known as a producer of world-class wines. However, the effects of desertification on vineyards have a dire impact on the wine industry.

A mountain gorilla in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. Image by Elham Shabahat. Rwanda, 2017.
June 20, 2017 by Elham Shabahat

In Rwanda, increased floods, droughts, and landslides have caused deaths and destroyed homes. How are mountain gorillas and people living near their habitat impacted by and adapting to climate change...

Wei Zheng, aged 31, and his Spiny Tailed Lizard (Uromastyx princeps), in a park in central Beijing. Endemic to the horn of Africa, this species of lizard is normally found in the rocky ecosystems of Somalia. Many species of this type of lizard are now vulnerable or threatened in the region. Image by Sean Gallagher. China, 2017.
May 18, 2017 by Sean Gallagher

It is estimated that up to one million people own exotic pets in China. Trade in these animals is linked to species loss in some of the world’s threatened ecosystems.

Workers assemble a solar panel inside of a factory in Haining, Zhejiang province, China.
May 5, 2017 by Beth Gardiner

China is seen as a poster child for smog, but it is pushing back against air pollution with a wind and solar power rollout that also has big ramifications for the fight against climate change.

In the Maldives, most of the country's 1,200 coral islands experience shore erosion, which environmentalists attribute to the degradation of reef systems, harbor construction, and storm surges. Image by Kai Schultz. Maldives, 2017.
March 29, 2017 by Kai Schultz

As conversations about climate change gather steam in the Maldives, many question whether the government is taking serious concerns that businesses can no longer protect visitors from rising seas.