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.
Water and Sanitation
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.
More than 30 million Americans lived in areas where water systems violated safety rules at the beginning of last year, according to data from the Environmental Protection Agency.
The past decade has been devastating for the North Atlantic right whales, putting them on a path toward extinction. Scientists estimate that only about 400 remain.
Farm pollutants from multiple states feed a massive dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Shrimpers pay the cost.
The emerging international electric grid with a 1,000-mile supply chain is pitting New England’s hunger for renewable energy against the Indigenous peoples' hunger for life-sustaining food.
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.
In much of the developing world, women spend more time fetching water than any other activity in their day. For more than a billion people, the water they do get is unsafe.
African farmers already struggle to grow sufficient maize, which is a thirsty, fertilizer-hungry crop. What will happen as the climate changes and the population grows?
Kashmir, the ruggedly beautiful mountainous region that lies along the India-Pakistan border, was long known as 'paradise on earth,' but in recent decades it has been more like hell.
Kenya's Kakuma Refugee Camp was for years among the world's most famous, home to the "Lost Boys" of southern Sudan and as many as 90,000 refugees and displaced persons. Today those still here are fighting for their lives, caught between "donor fatigue" and a struggle over limited resources with...
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.
The regional scenario is even more grim given the projected...
Desertification is one of the most important environmental challenges facing the world today, however it is arguably the most under-reported. Desertification is the gradual transformation of arable and habitable land into desert, usually caused by climate change and/or the improper use of land. Each year, desertification and drought account...
In Ethiopia and Kenya, dry seasons grow longer and tribal conflict over access to water is on the rise, exacerbated by the proliferation of arms from Somalia. With clean water access scarce, the burden of securing a daily water supply has become a daunting task.
Oil and gas finds are turning the eastern slopes of the Andes Mountains and the adjacent Amazonian lowlands of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia into a hydrocarbon hotspot.
Sean Gallagher is a British photographer currently based in China. To date he has lived and worked across the world, spending extended periods of time in locations as diverse as Japan, Brazil, New Zealand, China, the United Arab Emirates and various European nations.
Students from School Without Walls in Washington, DC report on the growing problem of river polution in the region.
Julia from School Without Walls in Washington, DC reports on the threat of pollution in Rock Creek Park and possible solutions.
Sarah Stuteville, Alex Stonehill, and Jessica Partnow are multi-media journalists with Seattle-based www.clpmag.org, an award-winning nonprofit multimedia publishing house whose mission is to engage, educate and inform Americans of all ages on the crucial hum
With this lesson plan, students explore Pulitzer Center reporting on water shortage and access in East Africa and gain perspective by participating in related activities.
Kenyan students from Karen C school share their thoughts on the importance of water in their lives. Produced by Ernest Waititu
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.
Pulitzer Center joins global day dedicated to "giving back."
The Solutions Journalism Network and the Pulitzer Center explore the potential and challenges of solutions-oriented journalism during a workshop and storytelling event.
Hear from journalists, academic experts on religion's unlikely role in meeting environmental challenges in China.
"Mapping Cholera" presentation and panel discussion with Sonia Shah, Annie Sparrow, Pablo Mayrgundter and Jonathan Epstein, moderated by Jon Simon.
Seventeen student fellows traveled from Campus Consortium universities throughout the country, spark discussions on everything from environmental crises and prison reform to global health and racism.
Photographers take hard look at exploitative working conditions, health hazards and environmental problems associated with production of leather, garments and gold.
The cholera epidemic that hit Haiti four years ago bears some startling resemblances to one that devastated Manhattan two centuries earlier.
Ocean acidification and overfishing are two of the biggest environmental challenges facing us today. Will we rely on rapid evolution or are other solutions possible?