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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.

 

Activists Beaten by Police After March from Bella Center

Youth activists were beaten by police this morning in Copenhagen after they marched out of the Bella Center, shouting "Reclaim power!" and "Climate justice now!"

During the second week of the COP15 talks in Copenhagen, the number of activists allowed to attend the talks has been drastically reduced. By Friday, when President Obama arrives, the number of nongovernmental "observers," the UN group to which most of the activists belong, will be reduced to just 90.

Houseboats Struggling in Kashmir

Rebecca Byerly reports for Voice of America on the struggling houseboat industry in Kashmir. This report is part of Pulitzer Center-sponsored project "Paradise Lost: Kashmir's Vanishing Glaciers, Waters, and Forests"

South Africa: Does Biotech Have a Future for Africa Farms?

I left Africa last night with a great deal of gratitude for the people who have shared their stories with me, especially the farmers. Never have I encountered such a wide variety of experiences, skills and backgrounds, but all of them were willing, even eager, to share their thoughts with an American journalist. They include:

Janet Kaindu, who had lost her second crop in a row of maize and beans on her plot in Kenya's Rift

South Africa: The Moth That Eats Corn Crops

Thought moths were a threat to your clothes? They can devastate corn crops, too, and do in eastern and southern Africa. I got my first look at busseola fusca on Friday after hearing about ever since I arrived in Africa to look at the challenges facing farmers here and the potential for biotechnology to increase food production.

Crude Awakening

The World Bank-supported Chad-Cameroon oil pipeline has been operational for over six years, but the controversy surrounding the so-called oil for development project has hardly died down.

The 1070 km (670 mile) pipeline transports oil from the Doba fields of southwestern Chad to a marine loading terminal off the Atlantic coast near Cameroon. From one end of the pipeline to the other, project partners raised the hopes and expectations of local populations.

But today, for those who had no real choice or say about the project, the disappointment is profound.

Postcard from Saturday's Mass Climate Demonstration

Saturday's mass march to the Bella Center, where climate talks are ongoing, was boisterous and colorful, but largely peaceful.

I expect that the tone of the demonstrations will shift in the next week as climate activists make a last-ditch push for a strong treaty. Climate Justice Action, an anti-corporate network, is calling on activists to disrupt the negotiations at the Bella Center next Wednesday and to transform it into an assembly open to all:

Copenhagen: Reports from COP15

"Copenhagen: Reports from COP15" is a gateway to stories from Pulitzer Center-sponsored journalists working from the ground in Denmark to cover the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

This December, the Conference of the Parties (COP) is meeting with the challenge of instituting a new global climate change agreement to take over after the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012. Join these five reporting teams in Copenhagen as they report on the difficulties and triumphs of crafting an agreement with global ramifications.

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