Stories: Environment

  • Inside Bolivia’s long struggle to unlock the world’s largest lithium supply

    At the heart of South America, the long-struggling nation of Bolivia sits atop an unlikely gold mine: the world’s largest lithium reserves. It’s been nearly a decade since the Bolivian government first set out to capitalize on this precious natural resource. Yet while the booming tech industry has recently sent lithium prices soaring, Bolivia appears to...

  • Myanmar’s Inle Lake is just a small body of water, but this man is dedicating his life to saving it

    In the early morning hours on Myanmar’s Inle Lake the quiet is broken by small tourist boats rumbling across the water to catch some of the lake’s famous performing fishermen. The motorboats slow to an idle to watch as a father and his young son step onto the prows of their canoes, balance on one foot,...

  • Farming a warmer planet

    Fatima Ait Moussa paces in front of 13 women sitting on the floor of a rectangular room in this village in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains. She’s shy, avoiding most eye contact, but Ms. Moussa is an accomplished woman. She commands the room with a familial tone and motherly smile. “Who is your husband?” she shouts...

  • A Drive to Save Saharan Oases As Climate Change Takes a Toll

    The oasis of Dar Oumira, in southern Morocco, was once a lush palm grove before it became the sparse sand patch it is today, studded with just a few shrunken date palms. The surrounding desert is rapidly spreading between the trees, whose dense shade once sheltered fruit orchards and fields of wheat. The demise of this oasis isn’t...

  • Reporting on Climate Change from Marrakech: COP22 in Review

    Did you miss the event? You can find the full video here.   Glendora Meikle, Susan Phillips, and Zack Colman John Schidlovsky Zack Colman Susan Phillips

  • IRP Fellows to Report on Marrakech Climate Change Talks at DC panel on December 8th

    The International Reporting Project is pleased to present two leading environmental journalists who have just returned from two weeks covering the 22nd Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) talks in Marrakech, Morocco, where delegates from 196 countries discussed the future of global climate change negotiations. Journalists Zachary Colman and Susan Phillips, each of...

  • What Trump really means for global progress on climate change

    Maybe it just won’t be that bad. That was the refrain along the canopied walkway that runs through the makeshift tent village here at the United Nations climate conference. Yes, United States president-elect Donald Trump is threatening to pull the world’s second-largest emitter out of a major international deal to ratchet down greenhouse gases. But, no,...

  • Pennsylvania academics find inspiration at climate conference

    The climate change conference in Morrocco ended over the weekend with an urgent message to president-elect Donald Trump – join the battle against global warming or risk contributing to catastrophe and moral failure. About 25,000 people attended the gathering aimed at keeping the earth from over-heating, and staving off the impacts like rising seas, droughts and increasingly destructive storms. When Moravian...

  • Climate conference comes to a close amid mumbles by poor countries

    The United Nations Climate conference came to a close on Friday, with leaders from more than 190 countries presenting a united front to back the Paris agreement, which seeks to tackle climate change blamed for prolonged droughts, rising sea levels and diseases. The meeting agreed to complete the rulebook for the implementation of the 2015 Paris accord by December 2018. While 48 developing countries...

  • Smallscale Farmers Need the Spotlight Now

    At vast global gatherings like the COP22 UN climate conference, which has just concluded in Marrakech, the seductive grandeur of the occasion frequently strips attention from the people, in faraway places, who climate change threatens the most. But on Wednesday at the COP, during a panel discussion on how agriculture can support the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal for zero hunger, Kanayo...