Planet Earth’s average temperature has risen about one degree Fahrenheit in the last fifty years. By the end of this century it will be several degrees higher, according to the latest climate research. This global warming is caused in part by the increasing amounts of carbon dioxide and other so-called “greenhouse gasses” we put in the air as we drive our cars, produce our energy and food, and make, use and discard all the stuff of modern life. But global warming is doing more than simply making things a little warmer. It’s changing rainfall, causing heat waves and making sea level rise, all of which create real human suffering. A year of reporting in France, southern Africa, Bangladesh and India showed that global warming is already influencing the lives of people around the world.
Pulitzer Gateway on climate change highlights in-depth reporting produced by Daniel Grossman along with other Pulitzer Center grantees from diverse regions demonstrating the human impact of climate change.