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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.

 

Climate Change Will Drive People Across Borders

Despite projections that climate change will lead many people to leave their homes for climate-related reasons, no legal framework exists to help migrants relocate, let alone to protect them in their most vulnerable moments.

Indonesia’s Steady Stream of Medical Waste

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 First Undeniable Climate Change Deaths

In 2018 in Japan, more than 1,000 people died during an unprecedented heat wave. In 2019, scientists proved it would have been impossible without global warming.

About Our Climate Migration Model

The climate migration model aims to understand how climate change might lead to population shifts in Central America and Mexico, including how people may move across borders between these countries and to the United States.

The Great Climate Migration

Today, 1 percent of the world is a barely livable hot zone. By 2070, that portion could go up to 19 percent. Billions of people call this land home.Where will they go?

Refugees From the Earth

Propublica and the New York Times magazine use a groundbreaking data model to explore the daunting implications of climate change for global migration.

Siona: Amazon’s Defenders Under Threat

Adiela, a Siona Indigenous leader, follows the spiritual guidance of her elders and clears landmines from her ancestral territory in the Colombian Amazon, in hope that her people may some day return.

The Fumes in South Portland

Sabrina Shankman reports on the growing fears of residents in South Portland, Maine, as they try to solve a mystery: Are the fumes manating from storage tanks of the nation's easternmost oil port harming their kids?

Mercury Alert

Mercury, the toxic quicksilver that pumps through the veins of gold miners is a necessary evil to extract gold in the Amazon. In this series, we take you on a trip through the underworld of the trade.

Saving Siberut Island

Siberut Island is a unique island of Mentawai Islands, in the western of Sumatera Island, Indonesia. Siberut Island is the home of four endemic primates. The Siberut forest is under threat from a 49,440 hectares timber consession, a company-owned 19,876 hectares forest plantation, and 2,600 hectares of land and forest will be developed as a special touristic area.

The Orange Areas of Central India

Over 1.5 million people in central India live in the crossfire of a 50-year old land dispute between two government departments over who governs lands known as Orange Areas.

Meet the Journalist: Ian Teh

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.

Meet the Journalist: Jesse Hyde

Jesse Hyde traveled to the Brazilian Amazon in June 2019 to report on the impact of cattle ranching on the rainforest and a series of violent conflicts over the forest's future.

Meet the Journalist: Melanie Saltzman

What does it take to produce an international series in multiple locations? Journalist Melanie Saltzman takes us behind-the-scenes of her reporting for PBS NewsHour Weekend’s “Future of Food” series.

Meet the Journalist: Alex MacLean

Aerial photographer Alex MacLean addresses the impact of sea-level rise, and current strategies to mitigate it, by capturing images of shoreline vulnerability, catastrophic damage, and strategies for resilience along the coast from Maine to Texas.

Meet the Journalist: Sim Chi Yin

Photographer Sim Chi Yin speaks on the thinking and impulse behind making the latest chapter of her ongoing project "Shifting Sands," a visual investigation of the global depletion of construction sand.

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.

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.