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Around the world, the environment is increasingly under threat from industrial pollution, business development of the wilderness and climate change. Pulitzer Center stories tagged with “Environment” feature reporting that covers climate change, deforestation, biodiversity, pollution, and other factors that impact the health of the world around us. Use the Pulitzer Center Lesson Builder to find and create lesson plans on the environment.

 

In Brazil, Fires and Deforestation Threaten Amazon Species’ Survival

In the Amazon rainforest, record-breaking forest fires and ongoing deforestation threaten the survival of thousands of plant and animal species that call the ecosystem home. Scientists seeking to save them are carefully evaluating which areas of the vibrant Amazon biome to preserve—knowing many are already lost.

Shrinking the Gulf Coast Dead Zone Part 1: Downriver

In the first part of a special two-part series, reporter and photographer Spike Johnson examines how dead zones affect the Gulf seafood industry and efforts being taken in Louisiana to mitigate the problem.

A Matter of Semantics: What Is Disaster?

In order to combat climate change, we need unilateral support from agencies and government offices. We also need voices from local citizens. However, in Peru, disconnection prevails.

After the Ice

The Bering Sea's winter ice has helped to sustain a remarkable abundance of sea life. For the past two years, it's been gone, and scientists are scrambling to figure out what that means for the future.

Amazon on Fire

By land and air, a photo essay that shows fire in the heart of the Amazon.

The Threat of an Andean Flood and the City That Lies in Its Wake

It would only take a large piece of glacial ice for Lake Palcacocha to flood Huaraz, the city below it. But Lake Palcacocha is merely a symptom of how our climate crisis is destroying our relationship with the very thing that sustains us: water.

Bolsonaro's Brazil

This series looks at the potential consequences of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's pledges to expand deforestation in the Amazon

PBS NewsHour Weekend 'Future of Food' Series

Can we create a nutritious and affordable food system in a way that’s green and fair? PBS NewsHour Weekend’s "Future of Food" international series reports on work by people who think they have solutions.

Shrinking the Gulf Coast Dead Zones

The gradual implementation of agricultural nutrient reduction strategies across the Midwest is seen as potential solution to a loss of biodiversity in the Gulf of Mexico.

Meet the Journalist: Eli Kintisch

Eli Kintisch wrote and produced THAW, a documentary series that tells the story of a journey to the Arctic ocean in the dead of winter, revealing a radically changing ecosystem with global implications.

Meet the Journalist: Sam Eaton

Environmental journalist Sam Eaton discusses his deep dive reporting trip along Brazil’s violent “arc of deforestation” to explore the crucial question: Can we save the Amazon, so it can help save us?

Meet the Journalist: Roxanne Scott

In 1960, about 100,000 turkeys in England suddenly died. Could grain contamination be the cause? Roxanne Scott explores how Nigerian farmers are planning to recover from aflatoxin contamination.

Meet the Journalist: Amy Martin

Threshold is a public radio show and podcast tackling one pressing environmental issue each season. The show aims to be a home for nuanced journalism about human relationships with the natural world.

Meet the Journalist: Deborah Bloom

In a densely populated village outside Mombasa in Kenya, the effects of industrial pollution continue to harm inhabitants. Deborah Bloom chronicles an activist's fight against it.

Pulitzer Center Launches Connected Coastlines Initiative

The Pulitzer Center is pleased to announce Connected Coastlines, a collaborative reporting initiative on climate science in U.S. coastal states with support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education.

Back to School: Catching up with the World

At the start of the school year, students might want to discuss global issues that arose over the summer. This lesson is intended to spark discussion on current events and ways to keep up with them.

Future of Food

This lesson introduces the question: Can we create a nutritious and affordable food system in a way that’s green and fair?

'Losing Earth' Curricular Materials

Reading comprehension tools, activities and other resources to bring "Losing Earth," The New York Times Magazine's special issue on climate change, into the classroom and beyond.

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