December 5, 2016 /
Tomas van Houtryve
Exhibition open until mid-February 2017.
A young girl carries scavenged coal from the bottom of the Alkusha Coalfield.
December 2, 2016 / Untold Stories
Larry C. Price
In the tiny Indian village of Ganshadih, women and young girls dodge underground fire to scavenge meager bits of coal from India's largest open-pit mine.
Much of India's cotton farmers use GMO seeds. The Chetna cooperative is changing that by reintroducing organic cotton to the subcontinent.
December 1, 2016 / Forbes
Esha Chhabra
An American is collaborating with Indian farmers to build a new kind of business model for cotton farming. If successful, it could revolutionize India’s cotton farming industry.
Carletonville sinkhole
December 1, 2016 / The Star
Mark Olalde
Five decades of mining on the Far West Rand outside Johannesburg contributed to the formation of more than 1,000 sinkholes. As companies abandon mines, many fear this will set off new sinkholes.
Karsten Reise concedes that his views are not likely to affect significant change during his lifetime, but is confident that they’ll be adopted eventually.
November 25, 2016 / Hakai Magazine
Dan Grossman
A renegade biologist is challenging a millennium of German dike-building tradition.
President Jacob Zuma speaks to Parliament in October about the marine economy. Courtesy: Republic of South Africa. South Africa, 2016.
November 23, 2016 / Inter Press Service
Mark Olalde
Southern Africa finds itself at the center of the offshore bulk sediment mining debate as international companies rush to strip mine phosphate deposits in coastal waters of South Africa and Namibia.
Workers at John Hume's rhino ranch prepare to remove the horn of a rhino. Image by Rachel Nuwer. South Africa, 2016.
November 22, 2016 / Newsweek
Rachel Nuwer
Legalizing trade in rhinoceros horns could help save the species, but some experts worry it might stimulate demand and encourage poachers.
November 18, 2016
Dan Grossman
An unintended planet-wide experiment is underway–leading to warming temperatures and an acidifying ocean.
Optimism turned to worry after delegates at COP22 absorbed news of Donald Trump's victory. Image by Dan Grossman. Morocco, 2016.
November 18, 2016 / Yale Climate Connections
Dan Grossman
At a global climate summit, news of the U.S. presidential election result turned the mood from cheery and celebratory to somber and defiant.
An illegal miner displays gold ore dug from an abandoned mine in Johannesburg. South Africa, 2016. Image by Mark Olalde.
November 18, 2016
Mark Olalde
Meet journalist Mark Olalde who is investigating the costs of abandoned mines and the active minerals extraction industry in South Africa.
The flags of many nations fly at the COP22 climate conference in Marrakesh. The nearly 200 nations committed to the Paris Climate Agreement were stunned this week when President elect Trump announced his plans to rush to withdraw from the accord. Image by Justin Catanoso. Morocco, 2016.
November 18, 2016 / Mongabay
Justin Catanoso
As President elect Trump seeks a quick exit from the Paris Climate Accord, the international community at the COP22 climate summit says the world will go forward without the US; China may lead.
Efa Poulsen grows turnips, potatoes and other vegetables on the Upernaviarsuk farm in southern Greenland. Image by Eli Kintisch. Greeland 2016.
November 17, 2016 / NPR
Eli Kintisch
Climate change has made summers in Greenland warmer and drier, leading to a decline in the number of sheep farms on the island.
The shaken landscape in Nepal could have a heightened level of landslides years or even decades after the devastating earthquake in 2015. Image by Kristen Cook. Nepal, 2015.
November 17, 2016
Ari Daniel, Jane Qiu
Winning reporting focused on landslides in Nepal including work supported by the Pulitzer Center and published in Nature.