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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.

 

What the Seas Will Swallow

Alex MacLean’s aerial images of the US East Coast convey just how much infrastructure perches in the coastal danger zone.

Memories from Qemmamine

Hiking along the Lebanon Mountain Trail, Catherine Cartier stopped for one night in Qemmamine, where she listened to her hosts as they remembered their village's past.

Tupí: A Story of Indigenous Courage and Resolve

As part of our series 'Rainforest Defenders,' we present the stories of five activists fighting to save the Amazon in Brazil. "Tupí," our last chapter, is an indigenous activist fighting to protect human rights in her region.

Tupí: A Story of Courage and Determination (Spanish)

A young woman from the Amazon found strength to overcome a past of sexual, physical, and psychological abuse by turning to her roots and heritage. Her story is the fifth and final in the series "Rainforest Defenders," which highlights young leaders who are fighting to protect the forest.

South Africa's Toxic Legacy

More than 6,000 abandoned mines pierce South African soil, and the nation is now left to deal with the environmental and social rehabilitation from what was once its most important industry.

The World Without Wildlife

Demand for animals vastly outstrips availability. What are the forces driving the current poaching crisis, what we stand to lose if species fall, and what is being done to stop the killing?

Solar Oven Use in the Dominican Republic

Unreliable access to electricity and ever-increasing prices for gas keep almost half of the Dominican Republic from escaping poverty. Some communities are turning to solar cooking as a solution.

The Deadly Global War for Sand

Concrete. Glass. Silicon. Our civilization is built on the most important yet most overlooked commodity in the world: sand. And we are starting to run out.

India's Augean Stables

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?

Can Palm Oil Ever Be Grown Sustainably?

Palm oil—a product that appears in candy bars, cereal, and cosmetics—is a product the world needs. But can it be produced in an environmentally and socially sustainable manner?

Deadly Pollution: The World's Most Toxic Places

Pollution sickens and kills millions of people worldwide each year. This project explores the most toxic places with a focus on causes, consequences and possible solutions.