Extreme drought in the Horn of Africa, devastating storms in Southeast Asia, melting ice in the Arctic Circle. These are some of the emblematic impacts of climate change that are all too familiar today. But the price of global warming is rising, and in unexpected, human ways. Conflict, sex trafficking, suicide, infectious disease, economic inequality – these are among the harsh new realities of living on a planet in peril.
This multipart series will unfold as The GroundTruth Project reports from around the world on the human impact of climate change. After covering the COP 21 climate talks in Paris last year, GroundTruth’s reporting fellows set out around the world to cover the human impact of climate change. Our stories reflect the deeply felt effects of environmental degradation. They give voice to the world’s most vulnerable people at the center of a growing crisis, and their struggle to persevere. Through sounds, sights and words, the stories are the living proof of climate change.
—Marissa Miley, Health & Environment Editor