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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.

Climate-induced Migration Traps Indian Seafarers in UK Fishing Industry

  • Environment
  • Exploitation
  • Fishing industry
  • Migration

KANNIYAKUMARI, TAMIL NADU – This investigation unravels abuse and exploitation of lower-income migrant fishers from climate-affected coastal communities of India on UK-flagged fishing vessels under the country’s infamous transit visa system.

How Europe’s Energy Security Crisis Boosted Fracking in MENA

  • Energy
  • Environment

CAIRO / TUNIS / ALGIERS - This investigation shows how – as countries in MENA are seeking to boost gas production to meet European gas demand – they are allowing fracking to take place in fields in order to maximise production. Fracking often takes place near villages and farmland, and threatens the water supply and environmental integrity of the fragile desert regions. 

Wasted Wetlands

  • Environment

WICKLOW / LONGFORD / CERVIA / ORISTANO / LOWER SAXONY – This investigation looked into how commercial interests backed by public money are decimating Europe’s remaining wetlands, as national authorities ignore this ongoing exploitation. 

Dirty Money for Clean Rivers

  • Corruption
  • Environment

BUCHAREST - For almost 9 years, Romania has been criticised and monitored by the European Commission for allowing the large-scale destruction of several mountain rivers for the purpose of building micro-hydropower plants, without complying with the Water Framework and Habitats Directives.

RISE Project

Vardar/Axios: A River in Distress

  • Environment

SKOPJE / THESSALONIKI -  Investigative teams from IRL in North Macedonia and Inside Story in Greece secured and analyzed thousand of pages of documents, interviewed tens of stakeholders and authorities and surveyed the Axios/Vardar basin and its facilities in order to identify the environmental pressures on the river and expose the reasons behind them.  

fishermen huts in the estuary near Chalastra in Greece

Standing on the Shoulders of Citizens: Corporate Capture in Energy Communities

  • Energy
  • Environment

PAMPLONA / LISBON / BRUSSELS — Energy communities are a clean and democratic alternative entering the complex energy market. Through this model, citizens can take back the means of
energy production. This investigation looks into whether the citizen-led initiatives can fit into the market on par with the big suppliers.

Under the Tuscan Sun - The Human Cost of a Glass of Wine

  • Exploitation
  • Human Rights
  • Migration
  • Trafficking
  • Work

TUSCANY / ISLAMABAD - Most associate the Italian wine country — such as Tuscany, the Langhe and the Prosecco hills — with scenic vineyards where some of the world's most-renowned wine is made but, for many living and working under the Italian sun, the reality is far from idyllic.