Ocean Health

From the Arctic Ocean to the South Pacific, the impacts of climate change are becoming impossible to ignore. Ice caps are melting, sea levels are rising, the very chemistry of the seas is undergoing change.

Through Ocean Health, readers can explore a range of journalism on critical issues related to the health of our oceans and ways in which scientists and local communities are adapting and fighting for the future of our oceans. From ground-breaking reports on ocean acidification to stories on how the melting Arctic ice cap is affecting our lives, these in-depth projects shed new light on under-reported crises that will have a lasting—and potentially devastating—impact on future generations.

Ocean Health also looks at how overfishing, oil exploration, and exploitation of mineral resources beneath the ocean’s surface can degrade the environment and jeopardize food sources needed to sustain the planet’s ever-expanding population. Through this journalism, the Pulitzer Center hopes to inform the debate on one of the most critical challenges of our time—the health of our oceans.

Ocean Health

Iceland: Money from China

Grimmstadr, in the northeast of Iceland, has only nine residents, but the region has become the center of controversy due to a Chinese billionaire's interest in the area.

Greenland: Whale Hunting

When the fishermen-hunters from Qaqortoq bring back a whale, the shoppers are happy — whale meat is their favorite dish. Due to international quotas, the village is only allowed two whales per year.

NGO Water Sector Confronts Sustainability Problem

Of the 600,000-plus hand pumps installed in sub-Saharan Africa over the past 20 years some 30 percent are known to have failed prematurely.

The Financial Challenges Behind Making an Oscar-Nominated Documentary

Pulitzer Center grantee Jennifer Redfearn discusses the financial challenges of making her Oscar-nominated documentary Sun Come Up to Business Insider's: The Wire.

With the Pulitzer Center's support, Redfearn and co-producer Tim Metzger traveled to the Carteret Islands to tell the story of some of the world's first climate change refugees.

From Drought to Flood - Water Images Across the Globe

Water issues affect us all, from the women who spend hours daily fetching water to political battles over international rivers to melting icepack and rising sea levels. We are all downstream.

Worldwide, just under 900 million people lack reliable access to safe water that is free from disease and industrial waste. And forty percent do not have access to adequate sanitation facilities. The result is one of the world's greatest public health crisis: 4,500 children die every day from waterborne diseases, more than from HIV-AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.