In two hours, more than 3 inches fell by Charleston’s medical district as streets turned into rapids. Have the floods gotten worse in recent years? “No doubt,” said one resident.
Water and Sanitation
Rainstorms flooded the Charleston area with a murky soup that likely contains unsafe levels of bacteria and viruses.
The World Health Organization suggests frequent hand washing to help combat COVID-19. But this recommendation can be hard to implement in Nigeria, where over half of households do not have access to water on their premises.
After 10 years and over $350,000 worth of grants, Georgia has something its neighbors don't: a database mapping almost 60,000 coastal septic tanks.
Old equipment and rising sea levels can mean serious problems for septic systems—and pollution of local waterways—on the Georgia coast.
For centuries, the Quilombola people, descendants of escaped African slaves, have survived against insurmountable odds in the Amazon rainforest. Now industrial pollution and a pandemic are threatening their existence.
Although fecal transmission of a pathogen is tricky to confirm—and proving that a virus spreads via building waste pipes is even more difficult—it is entirely possible, several researchers tell ScienceInsider.
Fires have decimated Cambodia's swamp forests in recent years, destroying critical fish habitats and forcing some fishermen to take up farming on Tonle Sap's increasingly dry shores.
This multimedia project provides a panoramic view of the water difficulties during the spread of COVID-19, in the southern and northern extremes of Lima, Peru.
As Nairobi deals with a water shortage amidst the pandemic, and water cartels illegally cut into pipes, how are slum dwellers accessing water that is so critical to fight the spread of infection?
The coronavirus pandemic has pushed some water systems in rural North Carolina to the brink as thousands of customers haven’t settled their bills.
An old mill promises to boost businesses in Ketchikan hit by lockdowns, but critics worry about toxins trapped under the sea.
COVID-19 has seized on the historical vulnerability of Quilombola populations on the lower Tocantins River in the Brazilian state of Pará.
In Cameroon, industrial corporations which specialized in either rubber or sugar cane exploitation have destroyed hundreds of hectares of forests, leading to the expulsion of Indigenous populations.
As the world tries to contain COVID-19 pandemic, how are already-vulnerable and water-scarce communities in Nile River basin containing the disease while ensuring local economies do not collapse?
Multimedia reportage focused on the most vulnerable communities in the city of Lima, facing the COVID-19 with limited or no access to water.
Photographer Matt Black is documenting communities across the U.S. without access to clean drinking water, or, in some cases, without water at all.
“Land of the Dammed” will follow the story of the Chilean village of Caimanes and its decades long fight against the nearby El Mauro, one of the largest toxic waste tailings dams in the world.
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.
After 15 years of one disaster after another, what does a changing climate mean for the survival of Mississippi's Gulf fisheries?
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.
China’s Yellow River continues to struggle for its survival after decades of unchecked development. Today, that fight has escalated to its headwaters on the Tibetan Plateau. Here, at 4,500 meters, patches of degraded land have connected to form vast deserts.
In June 2019, a mysterious illness spread like wildfire claiming 16 lives within two weeks in a community of 186 Batek, Malaysia’s last hunter-gatherers. In the end, only 20 were left unaffected.
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.”
The Pulitzer Center is seeking applications from current students and recent graduates of the Campus Consortium program to report on U.S. climate change issues.
The "Bringing Stories Home" reporting initiative continues to support and promote local newsrooms, strengthening community voices amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Pulitzer Center-supported "Mapping Makoko" combines technology, data visualization, and multimedia journalism in an effort to put one of Africa's most unique slums on the map.
Coastal Review Online's Pulitzer Center-supported "Changing Minds on Climate Science" project takes readers to eastern North Carolina, examining if and how residents' attitudes towards climate change have shifted after a series of devastating hurricanes and floods.
The cohort of 40 Fellows plans to cover underreported issues from more than 20 countries, despite the coronavirus pandemic.
Pulitzer Center grantee Tony Briscoe was recognized for his work covering climate change in the Great Lakes.
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.
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.