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Heat of the Moment - Radio Documentary

Daniel Grossman, for the Pulitzer Center
Copenhagen, Denmark

Planet Earth's average temperature has risen about one degree Fahrenheit in the last fifty years. By the end of this century it will be several degrees higher, according to the latest climate research. This global warming is caused in part by the increasing amounts of carbon dioxide and other so-called "greenhouse gasses" we put in the air as we drive our cars, produce our energy and food, and make, use and discard all the stuff of modern life.

From India, to Nepal, Bangladesh, and Copenhagen

In South Asia—home to a quarter of the world's population, but only 5% of its freshwater resources— development is taking a heavy toll on life's most basic necessity.

The majority of India's water sources are polluted. A lack of access to safe water contributes to a fifth of its communicable diseases. Each day in the booming, nuclear-armed nation, diarrhea alone kills more than 1,600 people.

Introducing Jeffrey Barbee

Jeffrey Barbee, for the Pulitzer Center
Copenhagen, Denmark

Photographer Jeffrey Barbee is in Copenhagen to document the climate talks. He just left Malawi where he learned about carbon trading with respect to Africa's forests, which are being consumed for firewood.

Introducing: "Youth Change the Climate in Copenhagen"

Join Pulitzer Center Student Fellow Sara Peach as she covers the Copenhagen climate negotiations, one of the most important environmental meetings of our time. This December, Sara travels top Copenhagen to meet those who will be most affected by climate change and youth.

Across the globe, many young adults and children worry about the potentially catastrophic effects of climate change. They fear that by the time they are middle-aged, the world will be a much warmer, stormier and more uncertain place than it is today.

Introducing Climate Change Science Blog

The world will be watching Copenhagen between December 7 and 18. The Copenhagen Climate Conference is the most important meeting of climate negotiations since the Kyoto conference in 1997. The Kyoto Accord that came out of that conference expires in 2012. Kyoto, it is widely acknowledged, did not succeed in achieving its goal: reducing carbon dioxide emissions. A new regime is needed. Many scientists say humanity must act very soon lest the impacts of global warming become not merely bad but absolutely catastrophic.

Fragile States: Continuing Struggles for Bosnia and Herzegovina

More than a dozen years have passed since Bosnia and Herzegovina's bloody civil war ended. Although the country has repaired physically, its citizens are experiencing political and social challenges. Special correspondent Kira Kay examines political instability in Bosnia 14 years after the end of a brutal civil war that resulted in the deaths of 100,000 people.

Bosnia: Return to Sevarlije

The smells coming from Ramiz Sinanovic's homemade distillery weren't so appetizing, but the promise of the fruit brandy it would eventually yield overrode the immediate discomfort. As Ramiz cranked the handle of the elaborate contraption, the call to Friday midday prayer echoed through the hilltops around us – Ramiz didn't seem to mind that he was making booze at the time of worship. It is his only way of earning money, he explained to me – as a Muslim returning to the Serbian part of Bosnia and Herzegovina, there are not a lot of other economic opportunities around.

Heat of the Moment: Heat Waves (Part 1)

On August 5th, 2003, Los Angeles trial lawyer Alvin Michaelson and his wife arrived in Paris for vacation. Before long they were having dinner at a swanky bistro. Michaelson says it was "clearly hot, very humid" when he arrived and, as he noted, air conditioning is not common in Paris. His restaurant certainly had none. Michaelson didn't realize it but he had landed near the start of what scientists now say was the worst European heat wave in at least 500 years. The temperature had climbed to 99 degrees and had failed to cool off at night.

Bosnia's Fragile Peace: An Interview with Gordon Milosovic

Recently, Milorad Dodik, the controversial prime minister of the Serb-majority part of Bosnia and Herzegovina, made public comments suggesting that Bosnian Muslims had staged two notorious attacks against them during Bosnia's bloody civil war, presumably to win the support of the international community. The comments created an uproar among many Bosnians and received condemnation from the international community's high representative in the country.

Bosnia's Fragile Peace: An Interview with Gordan Milosovic

Recently, Milorad Dodik, the controversial prime minister of the Serb-majority part of Bosnia and Herzegovina, made public comments suggesting that Bosnian Muslims had staged two notorious attacks against them during Bosnia's bloody civil war, presumably to win the support of the international community. The comments created an uproar among many Bosnians and received condemnation from the international community's high representative in the country.