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Pulitzer Center http://pulitzercenter.org/rss.xml enSean Gallagher's "Meltdown" Photos Show China's Environment in Crisis​http://pulitzercenter.org/reporting/asia-china-tibetan-plateau-climate-change-temperature-rising-meltdown-sean-gallagher <div class="field field-name-field-byline field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even">Sean Gallagher</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"><p>Sean Gallagher has spent the past seven years photographing climate change in China. The slideshow above shows the Tibetan Plateau, which covers approximately 25 percent of China’s surface area, spreading out over 2.5 million sq. km in the west of the country. Temperatures are rising on the Tibetan Plateau faster than anywhere else in Asia.</p> <p>Through his photographs, Gallagher is able to highlight the major challenges associated with climate change and the resulting social issues that have appeared in recent years.</p> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 21:52:16 +0000​Sean Gallagher 13187 at http://pulitzercenter.org​Day of the Girl 2013: Celebrating Education​http://pulitzercenter.org/blog/day-of-the-girl-2013-education-share-your-thoughts-girlsglobaled-teachers <div class="field field-name-field-byline field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even">Amanda Ottaway, Caroline D&#039;Angelo, Rebecca Gibian</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"><p><em>What does education for girls look like where you live? Share a photo, video or thought with #girlsglobaled!</em></p> <p>In Afghanistan today, 3 million girls attend school. In 2001, during the Taliban rule, none did. </p> <p>Research has shown that educating girls has ripple effects that spread through families and entire societies. The <a href="http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/TOPICS/EXTEDUCATION/0,,contentMDK:23009825~menuPK:282424~pagePK:64020865~piPK:149114~theSitePK:282386,00.html">World Bank notes that</a> for every extra year of education, girls’ wages can increase 20 percent. Education also helps stem child marriage and reduce birth rates, both of which have lasting positive impacts on girls’ lives.</p> <p>“Denying a girl her right to education also denies her the opportunity to make choices in work and life…Girls with secondary education can find fulfilling work, be married to someone of their choice, have the number of children they want, and make sure their children are educated in their turn. The right to education opens the way to the exercise of other human rights,” explains the website Too Young to Wed, part of <a href="http://pulitzercenter.org/projects/child-brides-child-marriage-too-young-to-wed">a multimedia project</a> spearheaded by Pulitzer Center grantee Stephanie Sinclair.</p> <p>But as grantee <a href="http://pulitzercenter.org/projects/afghanistan-kabul-canadian-women-for-women-human-rights-education-politics-security-NATO-CW4WA">Mellissa Fung found</a>, there’s substantial international concern over what will happen to Afghanistan’s 3 million girls in school when the United States and NATO withdraw troops from the country in 2014. </p> <p>Girls in Pakistan are also fighting for their education. A village council in Pakistan ordered the gang rape of Muhktar Mai to punish her brother for a crime he’d allegedly committed. When word got out about what had happened to her, the police called her into the station to sign a pre-written statement. But because she was illiterate, she gave them her thumbprint without knowing what the statement said.</p> <p>As word spread of Mai’s predicament and she quickly became an international symbol for rebelling against Pakistan’s legal handling of rape cases, President General Pervez Musharraf offered her $8,000 as a bribe so she wouldn’t leave the country to tell her story elsewhere. She promptly used the money to “start a school in order <a href="http://pulitzercenter.org/reporting/pakistan-mukhtar-mai-violence-rape-women-rights-changing-education">to educate girls</a> in her village so that they might be able to stand up for themselves,” writes Pulitzer Center grantee Beenish Ahmed in <a href="http://pulitzercenter.org/projects/pakistan-school-education-children-taliban-prohibition-economic-development">her project</a> on education in Pakistan.</p> <p>Along with PBS NewsHour Extra, we are reflecting on girls’ education this week and next week because October 11th is the second International Day of the Girl. The United Nations uses the day to call attention to the systemic crises girls face all over the world while celebrating their resilience and empowerment.</p> <p>Join us in celebrating Day of the Girl by sharing what girls’ education looks like where you live. Use #girlsglobaled on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter or Facebook to share a photo, video or story about what you experience. Your stories will be catalogued below, on <a href="http://pinterest.com/pulitzercenter">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.rebelmouse.com/Pulitzercenter/Day_of_the_Girl/">RebelMouse</a>. </p> <p><em>Teachers: check out PBS NewsHour Extra’s <a href="http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/2013/10/top-resources-teaching-girls-empowerment-developing-world/">resource list here</a>.</em></p> <script type="text/javascript" class="rebelmouse-embed-script" src="https://www.rebelmouse.com/static/js-build/embed/embed.js?site=Pulitzercenter%2FDay_of_the_Girl&amp;height=1500&amp;flexible=0&amp;scrollbar_theme=dark&amp;show_rebelnav=1"></script></div> </div> </div>