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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.
After covering the COP 21 climate talks in Paris, 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. Explore the reporting below, or jump to our coverage of COP 21 in 2015, COP 22 in 2016 or COP 23 in 2017.
—Marissa Miley, Health & Environment Editor
The Last Generation
Rising sea levels and more frequent flooding are making life difficult on the Marshall Islands. This is the story of a country in peril, told by its youngest residents.
Anguish in the Arctic
Life is being upended for indigenous populations, as temperatures rise at unprecedented rates. The change is driving record rates of suicide and worsening substance abuse.
Rising sea levels threaten to drown coastal metropolises. As they vie to stay afloat, cities like Rotterdam, Jakarta and Boston are not sitting idle.
Somalia’s Climate for Conflict
Extreme weather and resource scarcity are fueling war, terrorism and migration in beleaguered Somalia, pushing a resilient community to the brink.
Sex Trafficking in the Philippines
Typhoons. Hurricanes. Extreme weather events. As natural disasters become more frequent, women and children of this island nation are at increased risk of being trafficked.
Zika Virus in the Americas
In the largely Catholic island of Puerto Rico, women are being deeply affected by fears of zika as well as stigma against abortion.
Girls’ Education in Afghanistan
With climate change putting the country's fragile economy at risk, experts say girls’ education may be a magic bullet.