Issue

Environment and Climate Change

Earth's average temperature has risen approximately one degree Fahrenheit in the last 50 years. By the end of this century, it will be several degrees higher, according to the latest climate research.

But global warming is doing more than simply making things a little warmer. It's changing rainfall, causing heat waves, and making sea level rise, all of which create human suffering.

Environment and Climate Change brings together reporting from Pulitzer Center grantees on the abilities of communities in diverse regions to bounce back and adapt to the impacts of climate change: One highlight includes in-depth reporting by Nathaniel Rich on the response to global warming during the 1979-1989 decade—an article that takes up the entire issue of The New York Times Magazine. Our journalists investigate climate change in the Arctic—the effects on indigenous communities, the destruction of the fragile natural environment, and the conflict between humans and polar bears. One interactive, award-winning multimedia project, "Sea Change," looks at ocean acidification, its impact on fishing, people's livelihoods, and food security. The documentary "Easy Like Water" features a solar-powered school boat in Bangladesh, where flooding may create 20 million "climate refugees" by mid-century.

Other stories covered here range from the future of the residents of Kiribati, a low-lying island nation in the Pacific, to the biological diversity of the rainforest in Peru, and the psychological effects of climate change on the inhabitants of Australia and Fiji. How does the melting Arctic ice cap affect our lives? How do overfishing and exploitation of mineral resources beneath the ocean’s surface jeopardize food sources need to sustain the planet’s ever-expanding population?

As part of the Pulitzer Center's long-term support for climate change reporting, the Rainforest Journalism Fund was established to provide capacity for local journalists operating in the rainforest regions of Latin America, Africa, and Asia, as well as international journalists reporting from those regions. The Fund represents a major investment in global environmental and climate reporting, with plans to support nearly 200 original reporting projects along with annual regional conferences designed to raise the level of reporting on global rainforest issues such as deforestation and climate change.

 

Environment and Climate Change

When Cooking Kills

In Guatemala, locally made cookstoves are helping combat toxic smoke—but economics and tradition keep many people from using them.

What's a Cloud Forest Without Clouds?

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.

Buy a Photo, Plant a Poplar

Award-winning, Beijing-based photojournalist Sean Gallagher has announced his effort to support the Million Tree Project through sales of his desertification photographs.Thanks to a grant from the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, Sean recently traveled to several of China's desertified areas to understand the problems and implications of desertification through photographs and interviews.

Ten percent of all proceeds will help Shanghai Roots & Shoots slow desertification and revitalize the lost land of Kulun Qi, Inner Mongolia through its Million Tree Project.

Sean Gallagher at British Chamber of Commerce in China

Sean Gallagher has been invited to share his project on desertification with the British Chamber of Commerce in China this September.

Their event announcement:

Join us at this month's Speakers' Corner where award winning photographer Sean Gallagher will be showcasing his latest work "China's Growing Sands", a project highlighting desertification in China sponsored by The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

Fasting for climate change

Pulitzer Center Staff

Pulitzer Center reporters William Wheeler and Anna Katarina-Gravgaard report to Time in "Fasting for Climate Change."