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Water and Sanitation
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.
Indonesia’s poor waste management and open-dumping systems are not only harmful to the environment, but during the COVID-19 pandemic, improperly disposed of medical waste poses a great danger to human health. It could jeopardize efforts to flatten the curve.
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.
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?
An exploration into the emerging industry of underwater mining leads to more questions than answers. With time running out before this practice begins, are we acting irresponsibly?
What climate change looks like in the Canadian Arctic, from a canoe on the Mackenzie River.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes on the Herculean task of cleaning up his country’s most sacred river, the Ganges. Can he succeed where all his predecessors have failed?
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.
McClatchy journalists and Pulitzer Center grantees Brittany Peterson and Tim Johnson interview Nicaraguans about the proposed canal that threatens to split the country in two.
Writer Chris Kraul traveled to Nicaragua to explore the environmental impact of a new $50 billion interoceanic canal.
Along the banks of the Ganges River in the lap of the Himalayas, Cameron Conaway talks about why he has embarked on his project "Rejuvenating the Ganga."
A revolution is awakening in Cambodia—with protests led by a monk who is speaking out against the environmental destruction of his country.
Uganda has a sanitation crisis, and it will take innovative solutions to help this country suffering from its own waste, where only 30 percent of the population has access to improved sanitation.
Photojournalist Sean Gallagher talks about his experiences documenting health and environmental issues related to pollution.
Le Monde journalist Yves Eudes discusses his six-part reporting project on climate change in the Arctic.
Journalist Mujib Mashal reports on trans-boundary water issues in Afghanistan.
Travelling across Pennsylvania and Ohio, Dimiter Kenarov explores the economic and environmental issues related to shale gas extraction, and the rising anti-fracking movement in the region.
Dimiter Kenarov reports on shale gas development in Poland.
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.
As part of the Pulitzer Center's education program, middle school students from the School Without Walls at Francis Stevens went behind the scenes at USA Today.
Sean Gallagher was interviewed by the University of Iowa's College of Public Health about his work covering environmental issues in Asia.
Sean Gallagher interviewed by Daily Iowan during inaugural campus visit discusses importance of multimedia journalism in reporting environmental issues.
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.
Students will discuss how they use water, predict the impacts of a reduced groundwater supply, investigate articles and video, and create advocacy campaigns in support of groundwater regulations.
This lesson plan examines the effects of rapidly depleting groundwater reserves around the world using photos, video, interactive maps, startling statistics and rich interviews.
In this lesson, students explore the causes and consequences of the fragile water and sanitation infrastructure in Nepal.
Students will learn about the importance of water safety and collect class data on swimming involvement.
Essential questions: What is the cost of industrialization and who pays it? How do we determine whether food is safe? How do you balance food security (production) and food safety?
Students analyze cholera mapping, identify community health concerns, and create plans for their own publicity campaigns informing community members of current community health concerns.
This lesson draws from a range of projects on food waste, ocean health, global goods and extractives, food insecurity, water and sanitation and more to support student understanding around...