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The Phosphates Paradox

  • climate
  • Environment
  • Industry

GAFSA – Phosphate rocks, rich is phosphorus, are the basis for most fertilisers. With growing demand for food worldwide and a growing need for fertilizers, phosphates are quickly becoming
one of the most disputed minerals. One of the crucial phosphate basins is located in southern Tunisia — the EU growing fertilisers market is drying up the area.

Food vs. Nature: How Agriculture Puts Protected Ecosystems at Risk in Europe

  • Agriculture
  • Environment

BRUSSELS – The link between agriculture and nature is a contested arena in Europe. Over the past decades, the European Union has become one of the leading producers and exporters of agricultural products in the world. But this has come at a great cost for Europe’s ecosystems.

Methane's Great Escape

  • Energy
  • Environment

KATOWICE – This investigation looks at challenges and solutions of methane emissions reduction in Europe. Is it feasible, for example, to replace coking coal, a critical yet hard-to-replace resource for the steel industry? 

Under the Surface: The Untold Crisis of European Groundwater

  • Environment

PARIS / BRUSSELS / MADRID – Groundwater is the ecosystem Europe has always been able to rely on, and grew to consider an infinite resource. This cross-border investigation reveals that the current state of matters is dire: our water is disappearing and what remains is facing near-irreversible pollution.

Oil And Gas Technology Conceals Emissions From Researchers

  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Technology

LONDON / BERLIN – This investigation reveals how oil and gas equipment intended to reduce methane is hiding pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from researchers. And while flaring is said to be decreasing globally, in many cases, it hadn’t stopped at all.

Vapes: Environmental pollution, health and safeguarding concerns

  • Environment
  • Healthcare

LONDON – This investigation is centred on the widespread sales of nicotine vapes in Nigeria, the use of vapes by teenagers in the UK, the pollution caused by vape pods and cartridges in Burkina Faso, and the regulations on vapes by the European Commission.

Plant Pandemics Enter Through Open European Borders

  • Agriculture
  • Economy
  • Environment

PUGLIA / AMSTERDAM – With climate change, diseases that previously wouldn't thrive in Europe have a greater chance of survival, making the peril for agriculture greater than ever. A system with very open borders for plant imports is threatening agriculture in the southern part of the European Union.

Nutrient Overload in Europe

  • Agriculture
  • Environment

RONCILIONE / CAMPO DE CARTAGENA – The EU aims to reduce fertiliser overuse, but it faces the resistance of the industry and farmers alike. This investigation examines the cases of two hotspots in Italy and Spain, scrutinizing contamination drivers and assessing health, environmental, and economic consequences.

How Disinformation Rules Waste Management in Western Balkans

  • Energy
  • Environment

SVETI NICOLE / ELBASAN – Could a waste management facility become New Chernobyl? Some people in North Macedonia are eager to believe this. This investigation looked into facts and disinformation surrounding waste management project in Western Balkans.

Life after Lead Poisoning

  • Corruption
  • Environment
  • Healthcare

KABWE – More than four decades after the news broke about the illness caused by lead poisoning in Kabwe, Zambia, journalists dig deep to learn how victims' lives have changed since the World Bank provided $65 million in assistance to the Zambian government.