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Somewhere over the South China Sea. Beijing —> Singapore

A man paddles a boat across a lake at sunset, in Tianjin’s Shui Shang Park.

A local fisherman rides his small boat onto the mighty Mekong river. A #latergram from my travels in Southern Vietnam last month.

Being seen off by Nicole Kidman at Beijing airport. Next stop, Vietnam! I have a feeling the flight from China might not be too busy.


The city of Kanpur lies on the banks of the Ganges River in northern India. It has become one of the most important cities in India as its leather industry has grown.

First established in the mid-19th century, Kanpur is now the country’s biggest producer of leather products. Its leather is exported across the world, with 95 percent of its output destined for Western markets including those in the US, UK and Germany.

The success comes at great environmental and social cost. Pollution from the tanneries is destroying the ecology of the local Ganges River and scarring residents in the form of life-threatening illnesses.

The city is now notorious for having some of the country’s worst water pollution problems yet the tannery industry continues to discharge waste water laced with toxic chemicals, such as chromium, freely into local waterways.

This water is channeled onto local farmland, poisoning the soil, entering the food chain and accumulating in local ecosystems. At greatest risk are the people who work in the tanneries and farmers who work daily with the toxic and highly acidic water.

Local residents suffer an array of health troubles, a result of the bioaccumulation of dangerous toxins over decades. Health problems include cancers, mental illness, child development issues and skin diseases.

View Pulitzer Center grantee Sean Gallagher’s whole project: Toxic Development: The Cost of Pollution in India

"I don’t drink coffee I take (butter) tea my dear" - A Tibetan in New York — Very excited to run into a group of Tibetans in Manhattan today. Followers of my work will know I’ve spent a lot of time on the Plateau, hence my excitement to see them. Practiced my limited Tibetan phrases on them and made some portraits. More to follow.

Attending meetings in one of New York’s most iconic buildings this morning. Inside the elevator.

Beautiful afternoon in New York. Crossing a bridge from Brooklyn into Manhattan, catching a glimpse of the One World Trade Center (far right).

It was a long day for everyone yesterday. Not just for those at the NYT review! Riding the subway back to Brooklyn.

Monday morning and time to open the curtains in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Today is my first day on an education outreach tour with the Pulitzer Center that will see me give 28 presentations in schools and universities, in 3 cities over the coming 13 days. Talking China, India, the environment and more. It’s going to be a fun and interesting couple of weeks. Wish me luck!