In La Rinconada, Peru, the world’s highest permanent human settlement, climate change, gold fever, a receding Andean glacier and toxic mercury converge.
In 2009, special decrees signed by then-president Alan García opened up vast swaths of Peruvian indigenous territory to resource exploitation.
In Peru, 15,000 Indigenous Wampis have declared autonomy from the central government in order to protect their Amazon territory from invaders looking for gold, oil, and hardwoods.
What's hiding two hours from a Peruvian city, buried in the Amazon? This short film explores the spiritual and scientific significance of Peru’s boiling river and ways to protect it.
Peru is the world's second largest zinc, silver, and copper producer and accounts for a whopping 11.2% of zinc output. But with lax regulation, a decade-long pollution crisis remains unsolved.
With mining activity set to expand around Cerro de Pasco, the city's residents continue to struggle with the effects of historic pollution.
A new generation of children are slowly disappearing in this major mining town and local residents are desperate for help.
The sole female shaman in her community, a medicinal healer defies social norms in her fight against deforestation, climate change, and cultural extinction.
Global warming is predicted to push clouds higher in the sky. One scientist hopes to understand the future of our forests by suspending a vast fog-catching mesh in the Peruvian jungle.
Dan Metcalfe wants to know what will happen to cloud forests when the mist that bathes them disappears, as climate models predict will occur later this century.
On mountainsides in Central and South America, expanses of plants are perpetually bathed in fog. A scientist is testing what will happen as climate change dries out the forests.
Gustavo Londoño hunts birds' nests in the Manú National Park in Peru. He rigs them with cameras to identify what predators eat eggs and chicks.
In the Peruvian Amazon, 20,000 Wampi Indians decided to organize themselves to defend the jungle from the illegal garimpeiros and the oil industry's ambitions.
What happens when people are given property titles for houses they are living in? This project studies the impacts in three countries.
A new generation suffers from heavy metal pollution, with little relief in sight.
In the sleepy Peruvian rainforest hides an aquatic anomaly, protected by a shaman and for centuries thought only a legend. Explore how native cosmology is helping protect it from climate change.
An unintended planet-wide experiment is underway–leading to warming temperatures and an acidifying ocean.
Obtaining a good education is especially difficult for children raised in rural Peru. Those who leave their families behind for better schooling in cities often face difficulties living on their own.
Where would you go if you were homeless, and there was no government assistance? In Lima, Peru many are seeking legal titles to homes where their families have lived for decades.
Latin America's first pope derides our "throw-away" culture while offering a stern prescription for environmental protection. Will those who revere him in his native region follow his lead?
Some of the world’s last isolated tribes are poised to make contact with the outside world as illegal loggers, miners, cocaine traffickers and others penetrate their territory.
Why do many species of Amazon birds live at very specific elevations? A biologist comes up with a novel theory about how global warming might upset the natural order.
Peru, along with the rest of Latin America, is experiencing one of the fastest demographic shifts in the world. Older people over 60 will outnumber children under 14 by 2040. Is the country ready?
A brutal and illegal practice takes place far off the coast of Peru--the secret slaughter of thousands of dolphins for use as bait in the lucrative long-line shark fisheries.
Grantee Ricardo Martínez spent two weeks at 4,300 meters near Cerro de Pasco, Peru. There, almost 100,000 people have to endure heavy metal pollution every day as it leeches into a 936km2 watershed—and many kids are dying.
Ian James and Steve Elfers discuss their global investigation into groundwater depletion.
Pope Francis encounters the limits of his moral authority in Latin America, where his encyclical on climate change and environmental protection is met with scorn from those who need to be influenced.
As many as 10,000 dolphins are slaughtered off the coast of Peru each year solely for shark bait. Correspondent Jim Wickens reports on this illegal practice in an original undercover investigation.
Meet journalist Justin Catanoso who is reporting on climate change from the depths of the Peruvian rainforest.
From drought in Chihuahua to vanishing glaciers in Ecuador, Simeon Tegel reports that Latin America is already being hit hard by climate change.
Resources for teachers and students ahead of journalist Stephen Sapienza's visit.
Spearheaded by a coalition of Latin American journalists, the project helped shape the backdrop for a New Yorker piece on a court victory for an Ecuadorian indigenous group.
This week: investigating family separation at the U.S.-Mexico border, performing poetry in front of the White House, and explaining heavy metal mining in Peru.
This week: How global warming is thawing the arctic, children in a Peruvian mining town are suffering negative health effects, and in Kenya refugee children from 19 countries live together.
American University professor travels to Peru to explore the intersection of religion and climate change.
Science film site Labocine profiles Pulitzer Grantee Dan Grossman on his coverage of climate change.
Pulitzer Center grantees receive award for helping audiences understand the global significance of groundwater depletion on land rights, livelihoods and the environment.
2016 fellows report on a range of complex issues from around the world—from global health and perceptions of identity to environmental degradation and innovation.
Comprehensive, interactive reporting project by Ian James and Steve Elfers for The Desert Sun and USA Today is honored by the Overseas Press Club for environmental reporting.
Documentaries screened focus on critical water, health and environmental issues around the globe. Future of environmental journalism also among topics raised during panel discussion.
This week's news on all things Pulitzer Center Education.
This week's news on all things Pulitzer Center Education.
The Pulitzer Center staff share favorite images from 2015.
In celebration of Earth Day, we've compiled our top ten lesson plans that feature reporting on how communities around the world are responding to diverse environmental issues.
This plan includes lessons connected to the work of journalists that presented at the University of Chicago Summer Teacher Institute in June 2017.
This is a painting lesson that combines Pablo Picasso's famous 1937 Guernica with current day issues presented from The Pulitzer Center.
Explore reporting projects related to child labor.
This is a painting lesson that combines Pablo Picasso's famous 1937 "Guernica" with current day issues presented by the Pulitzer Center.
Students are asked to read two articles related to religion's take on pollution and two articles from nations where there is an attempt to make recycling a part of the culture.
This is a painting lesson that combines Pablo Picasso's famous 1937 Guernica with current day issues presented by the Pulitzer Center.
The following World Water Day lesson plan and classroom resources for humanities, science, social studies, media and English teachers ask students to investigate four Pulitzer Center reporting...
Resources to support student Letters to the Next President inspired and informed by global problems such as water access, climate change, forced migration and more.
The following lesson explores the project "Pumped Dry," which covers the recent shortage of vanishing groundwater. It teaches skills of persuasion.
Students will discuss how they use water, predict the impacts of a reduced groundwater supply, investigate articles and video, and create advocacy campaigns in support of groundwater regulations.
This lesson plan examines the effects of rapidly depleting groundwater reserves around the world using photos, video, interactive maps, startling statistics and rich interviews.