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Lylla Younes

Lylla Younes

Contributing Editor

Lylla Younes is a contributing editor at New Lines, and a reporter and developer at ProPublica. Her work mapping cancer-causing industrial pollution in Louisiana helped lead to the suspension of Formosa Plastic’s permit in St. James Parish, and won the 2020 Nina Mason Pulliam Award for Outstanding Environmental Reporting. In 2020, she was part of a team that wrote a peer-reviewed paper linking COVID deaths to air pollution. She has also collaborated with the Oregonian and OPB on a series about how Oregon’s timber industry hollows rural communities. The series won the 2021 John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism. She teaches data journalism courses at the CUNY Newmark Graduate School of Journalism.

Latest from Lylla Younes

Future Melting Away as Water Crisis Hits Northwest Corner of India

Future Melting Away as Water Crisis Hits Northwest Corner of India

The system of contiguous mountain ranges that run from Afghanistan to China, which includes the Himalayas, the Hindu Kush and the Karakoram, is often referred to as the Third Pole because it contains the world’s third largest storage of frozen water. But those critical ice reserves are quickly diminishing.

Haziq Qadri,
Lylla Younes
New Film Shows Lebanese Civil War From a Classroom

New Film Shows Lebanese Civil War From a Classroom

In moments like Majd’s farewell, Mouaness reminds us that trauma comes later, that the students’ bewilderment at the events unfolding around them may someday be replaced by the pain of unresolved memories.

Lylla Younes
East Africa’s Worst Drought in 40 Years Is Threatening Countries’ Future

East Africa’s Worst Drought in 40 Years Is Threatening Countries’ Future

An estimated 1.4 million livestock have died because of drought in Kenya in the final months of 2021, which has taken a toll on herder communities. But these climate change challenges have perhaps come with a silver lining: Class sizes have increased, especially among girls.

Kang-Chun Cheng,
Lylla Younes
‘Warsha’: A Bird’s-Eye View of Beirut

‘Warsha’: A Bird’s-Eye View of Beirut

“Warsha,” which was awarded the Sundance Jury Prize for International Short Film last month, is a striking exploration of the distance between spaces both real and imagined — the street and the crane cabin, public life and the internal world, reality and imagination.

Lylla Younes
The Oil Tanker Waiting to Ruin Yemen’s Coast

The Oil Tanker Waiting to Ruin Yemen’s Coast

As each warring party points its finger at the other while the United Nations idles in the doorframe, the tanker sinks deeper into its final stage of decay. The lives of millions, and the environment on which they depend, hang in the balance.

Lylla Younes