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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.

 

At the Edge of a Warming World

To the millions of us who visit Cape Cod once or twice a summer, the effects of climate change can seem subtle, if we see them at all: A breach in the dunes. A crack in the pavement. But once you know how to see what is shifting, changing and washing away, it is impossible to ignore. Come with us as we explore the Cape to better understand what climate change is doing here, what it means for the future of this beloved place, and what the cost of inaction might be.

Shark Fishing in the Lawless Pacific

Sharks are disappearing from the Eastern Pacific, as predators become prey to fishing companies hunting their fins. The story of one family's shark empire sheds light on these lawless seas.

People of the Kelp

Up Canada's West Coast in search of the world's biggest unreported land conflict.

Puerto Rico: Crisis in the Caribbean

Weeks after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, the island continues its battle for food, water and electricity. Ryan Michalesko reports on the fate of this U.S. territory and its people.

What Is Left for Venezuelans?

Venezuela is facing its biggest crisis yet: a high inflation rate, shortage of food and medicine, and abuse of power by authorities. And that's only part of the picture.

Climate Change and Sheepherding in Algeria

Although Algeria is a low emitter of greenhouse gasses, environmental changes like lower rainfall, higher temperatures, and longer cycles of drought have slashed profits for Algerian sheepherders.

Harvey Aftermath

Hurricane Harvey caused unprecedented flooding of the U.S. Gulf Coast. Alex MacLean and Daniel Grossman fly over the region to report on the damage and seek lessons for better storm resilience.

Uranium Dreams

The uranium boom reshaped the American southwest in the 1950s and 1960s. Ben Mauk reports on the industry's environmental legacy and economic future.

Rhinoceros Poaching in South Africa

South African wildlife sits on the brink of disaster as rhinos continue to be poached. With so much at stake, villagers fight to protect the keystone species, resources, and the tourism industry.

The Lasting Legacy of the Bhopal Gas Leak

More than 30 years after the world's worst industrial accident, the people of Bhopal are still dealing with its long-term and health and environmental fallout. Whose responsibility is it to help them?

Rwanda: Climate Change and Mountain Gorillas

In Rwanda, increased floods, droughts, and landslides have caused deaths and destroyed homes. How are mountain gorillas and people living near their habitat impacted by and adapting to climate change?

Paper Cuts: About the Project

Reporter John Schmid talks about the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's "Paper Cuts" project, an in-depth examination of how China has taken away one of Wisconsin's signature industries.

Soil Pollution in China

Essential questions: What is the cost of industrialization and who pays it? How do we determine whether food is safe? How do you balance food security (production) and food safety?

Religion and Power

Students will analyze the role of religion in many different aspects of people’s lives and analyze how deeply faith can impact a society’s progress.

Environmental Health: What is it?

This lesson draws from a range of projects on food waste, ocean health, global goods and extractives, food insecurity, water and sanitation and more to support student understanding around...

U.S.-Cuba Relations

This lesson uses reporting by Tracey Eaton and Rachel Southmayd to support student understanding around the state of relations between the US and Cuba.

The Impact of 'Polish Gold'

Students will learn about the effects of burning coal in Poland and apply their analyses of the articles to create a presentation that they feel will best support advocacy for coal regulation.

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