The innovative Dutch response to climate change may have lessons for New Orleans.
Water and Sanitation
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?
Climate change is bringing heavier rain and bigger storms — new challenges for old cities. Efforts in Amsterdam to "rainproof" the city may provide insight in addressing similar issues in New Orleans.
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.
As sea levels rise, Georgia septic systems are running out of space.
After recent political violence divided communities, some in Ivory Coast look to local water management as a key to reconciliation, social cohesion and long-lasting peace.
Lake Titicaca supports hundreds of small Aymara indigenous farming and fishing towns in Peru and Bolivia, but an unchecked urban boom is contaminating the water and threatening lakeshore life.
Abandoned water and sanitation projects deprive the people of Nigeria of a basic human right: access to clean water.
Only 25 percent of the population has access to clean water in Liberia, but government officials claim they are working vigorously to address water sanitation issues.
Polioviruses have been nearly eradicated. But scientists worry their gains face a left-field threat: After vaccination, some people excrete the virus for years.
The Pulitzer Center announces a new education partnership with Student News Action Network , an online forum that enables student journalists from secondary schools across the globe to use new media to address critical local and global issues in a peer-driven environment.
Our first joint-initiative is...
Four months after the epic Indus River floods, farmland in the southern Sindh province remains under water.
The search for jobs fuels population growth of at least 500,000 per year in India's capital city of New Delhi. Access to drinking water is a daily scramble.
The government in Colombia has to choose between guarding its unique ecosystems or boosting its economy with mining. The decision could exhaust or recast Colombia’s long, agonizing armed conflict.
Epic floods recently inundated vast expanses of Pakistan in the worst natural disaster in its recent history. This project will chronicle the domestic and global effort to help Pakistan recover.
A look at the water, sanitation and hygiene challenges faced by one the world's fastest growing megacities: Dhaka, Bangladesh, where thousands of people die each year from waterborne diseases.
China has more wetlands than any country in Asia, and 10 percent of the global total. They are crucial to life and environment -- and rapidly disappearing.
The central area of Vietnam always has flooding, but today the floods are increasing, although there is less rainfall.
"A long time ago, the water was clean," my grandmother fell into a memory.
Bottled water is a commonly used substitute for tap water, but is it really safer?
While many are not aware of the details of modern water pollution, most understand the frightening words: “toxic chemicals”.
Only 86% of the world has access to clean water and sanitation. That leaves about one out of every eight people that do not.
Through this webquest, students will use several different projects on the "Downstream" Global Gateway to examine the impact of water around the world.
News and documentary producer Steve Sapienza introduces the water and sanitation reporting project called "Dhaka's Challenge: A Megacity Struggles with Water, Sanitation and Hygiene."
Executive Director of the Pulitzer Center, Jon Sawyer, discusses the challenges and surprises of reporting on water access, sanitation, and climate change in the crowded country of Bangladesh.
Students at solar-powered school boats along the Atrai River in northwestern Bangladesh talk about their studies, ambitions and daily life in an area marked by monsoons, water and sanitation challenges and one of the most densely populated regions on earth.
At Francis W. Parker School in Chicago, Martin Moran's 9th grade history class used the Pulitzer Gateways as a guidepost for a semester-long project.
Assignment: Museum of Current Crises
Jon Sawyer is founding director of the Pulitzer Center. His assignments have taken him to some five dozen countries, with special projects ranging from southern Africa, Cuba and Haiti to Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union and China.
William Wheeler talks about what led him to report from South Asia on issues of water and climate change.
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The Pulitzer Center staff share favorite images from 2015.
The new climate agreement is good news, but there is much more to be done.
"Defending the Koshi" by Pulitzer Center's 2013 student fellows, Steve Matzker and Jennifer Gonzalez, will screen as an "Official Selection" at the 13th Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival.
The Ganges is dying under the weight of modern India.
Filmmaker speaks about her journey into journalism and what it means to report on the environment and its human stories.
Too often, the people most affected by poor water sanitation are also those least able to address the issue. Industry, government, and entrenched poverty all stand in the way of access to clean water.
On a skiff in remote Siberia scientists measure bubbles from a river in hopes of understanding how global waterways may be contributing to carbon emissions.
Students journey across the globe to report on issues that matter—from migration to global health and indigenous land rights.
Pulitzer Center grantee filmmakers Kalyanee Mam and Gary Marcuse discuss land rights, religion and the environment, and gentrification with D.C. students.
Micah Albert travels back to Dandora, three years later, and finds the woman he photographed for what became an award-winning picture.
Our student fellows and professional journalists reflect on the importance of being flexible, remaining open to where stories lead, and listening to the people whose stories we tell.