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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

'Death of the Pollinators' Podcast Series (Portuguese)

While the Amazon draws the attention of the world to fires and deforestation, not many people discuss the death of the pollinators, brought on by the widespread planting of soy crops and the excessive use of pesticides.

'Fire Corporation' Investigation Video Series (bahasa Indonesia)

Tempo’s collaboration with Mongabay Indonesia, Betahita, Malaysiakini and Auriga Nusantara found traces of the involvement of a number of forestry and oil palm plantation companies in the big forest fire in 2019.

All the Flames of the Forest: The Complex Reality of Amazonian Fires Explained

From arson caused by large loggers to the use of fire for subsistence in traditional communities, a journalistic investigation differentiates the types of fires in the Amazon rainforest.

Mexico City's Deepening Water Crisis

As an increasingly severe water crisis grips Mexico City, what will the future look like in a world that is rapidly running out of usable water?

Last of the Old Growth Loggers

Alaska's Native corporations preserved their cultures by logging their ancient forests. Can they lead the way to conserving what's left?

Alaska Natives on the Front Line

Reporters explore Alaska Native resilience and cultural adaptation in the Arctic-termed ground zero for climate change- brought about by a rapidly shifting environment.

Meet the Journalist: Paul A. Kramer

As the U.S. government responded to Hurricane Katrina what difference did it make that the nation was at war? In what ways were post-Katrina relief operations experienced as the war “coming home"?

Meet the Journalist: George Black

More than a billion gallons of raw sewage and industrial effluent pour into the Ganges every day. Can Prime Minister Narendra Modi clean up India's sacred river when everyone else has failed?

Exploring Downstream: Water Resources

Through this webquest, students use several different projects on the "Downstream" web portal to examine the impact of water resources on a wide range of communities around the world.

A Right to Water for Everyone?

This is a multi-week unit on water rights and access. Students examine the causes of water shortages across the globe and explore solutions to ensure that all people have access to clean, safe...