Almost nothing remains of the five lakes Mexico City was built on.
Water and Sanitation
As Nebraska’s climate continues to shift, one riverside town wants to protect itself from more damage.
The innovative Dutch response to climate change may have lessons for New Orleans.
Dutch engineers hope to make up for past mistakes.
Even if problematic septic systems are identified, many coastal communities lack the money to fix them.
Rapid development and increasing groundwater extraction are causing parts of Kolkata to subside. Is the delta megacity doing enough to avert a crisis?
For years, the Dutch built levees, artificial barriers to keep water out. In the face of climate change and rising sea levels, they are reversing the process, and returning to nature.
Like New Orleans, Rotterdam is coping with heavier rains and bigger storms brought about by changing climate.
Climate change is bringing new threats and the Dutch are trying some unusual approaches in response.
The Dutch have long been the proud tamers of rivers, building vast networks of levees that kept the rising waters separated from farms and cities.
Louisiana's flood and storm protection managers closely studied the Netherlands’ well-built, well-maintained system of sea gates and levees, which the Dutch call dikes.
As sea levels rise, septic tanks pose a destructive threat to water quality throughout the coast of Georgia.
Photographer Matt Black is documenting communities across the U.S. without access to clean drinking water, or, in some cases, without water at all.
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?
Rising seas pose a serious threat to septic and sewer systems, putting our water at risk of contamination. This project looks at the risks and possible solutions for these problems in Coastal Georgia.
Come with us as we explore Cape Cod to better understand what climate change is doing here, what it means for the future of this beloved place, and what the cost of inaction could be.
The Netherlands has long battled back the sea, but climate change is forcing the lowland nation to rethink its approach. It's now learning to live with water rather than fight it.
In mountainous Bhutan, water is critical. From Himalayan glaciers to Indian plains, rivers sustain hydropower—Bhutan’s largest export. As climate change threatens, Bhutan must adapt to grow globally.
Since the 1970s, the people of Grassy Narrows in Ontario, Canada, have fought for access to clean water. Years of government inaction have resulted in the birth of generations of activists. Still, they fight.
An investigation into the socio-environmental impacts caused by the construction of six hydroelectric dams on the Teles Pires river in Brazil's Mato Grosso state.
As world water shortages worsen, foreign companies are scooping up fertile land in the Nile River basin. But how are some of the world’s poorest countries affected? Water Journalists Africa reports.
After three years of severe drought, Cape Town’s water supply is at the brink of failure. How do leaders and residents respond to an era of unreliable water?
For the fishing villages around the Aral Sea in Kazakhstan, fortunes ebb and flow with the water's tide.
In the 1960s, Bangladesh walled off parts of its coast to stop flooding and create farmland. Today that land is afflicted with chronic flooding, due to these very walls. Can the problem be solved?
Students from Center City Public Charter School attend a three-day workshop inspired by the award-winning series ‘Pumped Dry'—learning about groundwater depletion, talking to the journalists behind the project and then tour USA Today's newsroom.
Journalists Dene-Hern Chen and Taylor Weidman look into the rising sea levels and the returning number of fish in the Aral Sea, providing a better economy for fishermen in Kazakhstan.
Bangladesh is ground zero for learning how to adapt to climate change. Efforts on the coast to protect farmland and millions of people from flooding show just how hard it will be.
Why did the BBC and three photographers think yet another Nile trip was important? Watch this clip of a dishevelled, sleep-deprived journo to find out.
Grantee Justin Kenny discusses his reporting on Bangladesh tanneries.
How did you spend your summer vacation? Pulitzer Center grantee Brian Castner paddled 1,125 miles down the Mackenzie River in Arctic Canada to report on climate change.
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?
Environmental journalist Judith D. Schwartz travels to rural Zimbabwe to document how holistically-managed cattle revived a severely degraded landscape—in a way that has benefited wildlife and brought food security to local villagers.
Grantee Dan McCarey explains the importance of data visualization for practitioners in biostatistics and other quantitative fields.
Like so many of Mao’s pronouncements, it sounded simple: “The South has a lot of water; the North lacks water. So if it can be done, borrowing a little water and bringing it up might do the trick.”
Ian James and Steve Elfers discuss their global investigation into groundwater depletion.
What to do when an earthquake steals the lede of your story? Pierre Kattar and Rajneesh Bhandari reflect on how they changed course to produce a more timely video story for NPR.
Awards recognize reporting on issues ranging from climate change and the narratives formed around the issue to the lingering effects of the 1984 gas leak in Bhopal, India.
How do we bridge gaps between science and religion? Live taping of "On Being" explores the intricacies of how the mind and body interact with reality.
Could the key to protecting and saving our environment be through religion and spirituality?
April 7 is World Health Day, focusing this year on universal health coverage. If you want to help students understand the health crises facing their communities and the world as a whole, we have resources for you.
Watch Jacopo Ottaviani and the Pulitzer Center's Steve Sapienza discuss the growing use of data journalism in Africa's newsrooms, tips for organizing cross-border collaborations, and how civic technology capacity is influencing the use of open data and open governments in certain African countries.
This week: reunification dreams stall due to continuing crisis along the border, Cape Town's water issues run deep, and Bhopal's 34-year-old environmental disaster still plagues residents.
Taylor Weidman will showcase photos of how the Aral Sea is experiencing a resurgence of fish after large-scale restoration efforts.
In the latest installment in PDN's "How I Got The Grant" series, grantees Sean Gallagher and James Whitlow Delano discuss their Pulitzer Center experience.
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.
This week: announcing a student poetry contest and workshop opportunity, coping with glacier melt in the Himalayas, and finding the intersections of arts and journalism in Winston-Salem.
Photographer Tanmoy Bhaduri will be taking over the Pulitzer Center's Instagram account the week of April 2, 2018.
This week: considering the impact of the U.S.-Mexico border wall, students learning digital storytelling at USA Today, and exploring aerial photography of natural disasters.
This resource includes quotes, key terms/names/historical events, and guiding questions for each of over 30 essays and creative works that compose The 1619 Project.
Want a journalist to speak with your class about their environmental reporting? Our grantees have expertise ranging from ocean health to pollution. Learn more about how to schedule a free visit.
Students will learn about tannery and e-waste pollution in India and the connection with American consumer goods. They will design a presentation based on what they learn.
This plan includes lessons connected to the work of journalists that presented at the University of Chicago Summer Teacher Institute in June 2017.
Use reporting on Zambia’s lead mines by Damian Carrington and Larry C. Price to explore the causes, effects and responses to toxic lead poisoning.
In this lesson, students create a timeline using multimedia reporting on the leather and textile industries in the U.S.. Students then design their own narrative timelines to explain a current event.
This lesson asks students to compare the water crisis facing Flint, Michigan to a water crisis in China. Students use digital resources and practice cooperative learning and writing skills.
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.
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.
This climate change lesson plan explores the environmental impacts of China’s growing polluters and industry. It also looks at the human impact of China's water transfer project.