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Killings in the Amazon: “I am alone in this war”

02/22/2012 | Ana Aranha

Threatened Actvist - Nilcilene Miguel de Lima, a small farmer threatened to death. She is a local forest-activist in Lábrea, south of the State of Amazonas, Brazil - Lilo Clareto | Panos London

The Brazilian government claims destruction of the Amazon has fallen to its lowest level in 23 years. But environmental activists continue to be threatened and killed by loggers. Ana Aranha met one woman forced into hiding by assassins.

Reflections on Durban

01/17/2012 | Tim Williams

Panos Caribbean; London and South Africa all represented at the COP.From left to right Indi McLymont- Lafayette; Tim Williams and Vusumuzi Sifile - Tim Williams | Panos London

Tim looks back at CoP17, working with the Climate Change Media Partnership, and offers a critique of the communications process underpinning the conference.

Trials of tending the women’s garden

01/16/2012 | Kaidia Samaké

A girl carries water on her head in the village of Intedeyne, Mali - Ami Vitale | Panos Pictures

Kaidia speaks about how her community has dealt with rain shortages and drought over recent years.

Behind the scenes at the UN climate change conference

01/06/2012 | Tim Williams

Behind the scenes, from Durban, CoP17 - Tim Williams | Panos London

These photos take you through a day of working as part of the Climate Change Media Partnership at the Durban 2011 climate change conference.

“We, the rag-pickers of Pune, are in big trouble”

12/27/2011 | Stella Paul

Scavenging for food and anything that can be sold in the Bantella rubbish dump - George Georgiou | Panos Pictures

Rag-pickers, people who sift through rubbish for a living in India, travelled to Durban to take part in the UN climate change negotiations.

Media partnership boosts global coverage of climate change

12/16/2011 | Panos London

Tens of millions of news consumers of 20 media outlets in 15 countries got a much-needed flow of information about climate change in the past two weeks thanks to an innovative project called the Climate Change Media Partnership (CCMP).

Communicating climate change without the clutter

12/07/2011 | Armsfree Onomo Ajanaku

The sheer edge of the Equip Sermia glacier that calves into a fjord within the cluster of islands to the East of the famous Disko Bay. The glacier was photographed from the air on the West Greenland coast - Nick Cobbing | Panos Pictures

Armsfree Ajanaku tries to strip away some of the jargon common to climate change debates. Read the original article with the Climate Change Media Partnership

Replanting Nigeria’s tropical forest

12/02/2011 | Armsfree Onomo Ajanaku

Tree-felling has degraded Nigeria's once-rich forests - Bruce Paton | Panos Pictures

Nigeria, once at the heart of the tropical rainforest belt, has lost around 95 per cent of its forest cover and now imports 75 per cent of its timber. But an initiative – which calls on people living around the forest to repair the damage – is underway.

Rural women want alternatives to ‘slash and burn’

11/30/2011 | Wendi Bernadette Losha

Slash and burn methods adopted by farmers have seen swathes of forest in the centre of the country go up in flames to create farmland in Sierra Leone - Fredrik Naumann | Panos Pictures

Before leaving for Durban, Wendi Bernadette Losha explained to Leocadia Bongben why ‘slash and burn’ farming techniques are bad for both local agriculture and the environment and why the Durban conference must provide alternatives for small scale farmers.

Cameroon’s changing weather linked to crop disease

08/04/2011 | Ful Joy Kughong

Cocoyam, a staple food in Cameroon, is largely absent from the market this year after a blight destroyed most of last year's crop

Scientists in Cameroon link changing weather patterns to a fungal disease of the staple cocoyam crop. Preventing or treating future damage is essential in a country in which rising food prices have caused unrest and continue to threaten food security.

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