A declining fish population has forced Cabo Rojo’s diving fishermen into deeper waters, where many exceed safe dive times to make a living. Their efforts can lead to decompression sickness, and emergency treatment is hours away.
The asbestos mines belonging to SMM Holdings were once among the world’s most productive – before allegations of fraud and mismanagement essentially shut them down. Years-long efforts to revive them have failed, and former employees are paying the price.
On Uganda’s Lake Victoria, cage fish farms take the guesswork out of fishing, as farmers feed fish in controlled areas – which makes them easy to harvest. But as the popularity of fish farming grows, residents worry about its effect on local water.
Sea turtle hatchlings in Mexico have long relied on tourists to protect them as they made the difficult journey from their nests to the sea. Now the tourists are gone, and local conservationists fear that many turtles won’t make it to the open ocean.
Residents of neighborhoods on the banks of Port-au-Prince’s debris-filled stormwater gullies live alongside stagnant water and shifting earth, making them vulnerable to both landslides and disease. A volunteer effort seeks to improve life in these communities – and help the environment.
For a long time, agricultural researchers in Kisangani focused on the speed at which crops could reach maturity. Now, larger harvests are the priority. But not all farmers are ready to give up on chemical fertilizers.