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Panos London Newsletter
December 2011

It’s been a busy month. As a member of the Climate Change Media Partnership, Panos London supported 19 journalists from 15 nations to attend and report from the 17th UN climate change conference in Durban, South Africa. This newsletter features a selection of articles from that initiative, as well as stories published around World AIDS Day and International Mountains Day. You can also read about Sampat Pal, whose uncompromising campaigning has made her a local heroine for women fighting injustice in India.

A boy washes clothes in an irrigation canal filled with water pumped from the River Yobe, which feeds Lake Chad. The lake is drying up, due largely to desertification as the Sahara advances southward | Panos Pictures

Nigerian delegates give their views on COP17

Nigerian journalist, Armsfree Onomo Ajanaku, speaks to delegates from his country as the UN COP17 climate change talks in Durban enter their final day. What are the main environmental threats they need to tackle and what do they hope to achieve from the negotiations?

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The most dramatic way to see the extent of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest is from the air. | Panos Pictures

Brazil’s hopes and fears at COP17

As the UN COP17 climate change talks in Durban enter their final day, Brazilian journalist Flávia Moraes asks delegates from her country what they hope to achieve and whether Western governments are taking the views of Southern countries seriously enough.

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The Upsala Glacier, which forms part of Southern Patagonian Ice Field of Argentina and Chile - Dermot Tatlow | Panos Pictures

Q&A with Argentina’s delegates at COP17

Argentinian journalist María Gabriela Ensinck puts some questions to delegates from her country on the final day of COP17 in Durban.

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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

Communicating climate change without the clutter

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

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Gang members demonstrate in Banda, Uttar Pradesh - Deepa Jainani | Panos London

Pink Sari gang fights injustice

Sampat Pal has become an unlikely heroine to tens of thousands of poor women across India as the leader of the Gulabi Gang (“gulabi”, meaning pink in Hindi, refers to the colour of their saris).

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Caring for flocks in the high pastures above Shimshal village, July 2000 - David Butz | Panos London

Celebrating International Mountains Day

It is nine years since the International Year of Mountains (2002) when Panos London launched the Mountain Voices website, an online archive of testimonies from some 300 men and women living in mountain communities from 10 countries.

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Purple Romero features in SvD on 2-12-2011

Panos London coverage on World AIDS Day

To mark World AIDS Day, Panos London produced a set of features on the issue of HIV and AIDS. They offered readers insights into the experiences of people living with, fighting against and being educated about the global epidemic.

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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

Rural women want alternatives to ‘slash and burn’

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.

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A person living with HIV in Manipur, northeast India, makes ribbons for World AIDS Day

The story of an HIV widow

A woman had been married for just five and a half months when her husband died. While going through his possessions after his death, she found documents which showed that her husband had been HIV positive for a long time and was even taking antiretroviral (ARV) drugs.

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10 year old Jumni stands at the Geneva Camp in Dhaka, home to the Urdu-speaking community who were stranded during the separation of Bangladesh. Panos South Asia is a institute that works to make sure voices like these are heard - Shiho Fukada | Panos Pictures

A generation’s worth of cutting edge action

Birgitte Jallov shares with us her reflections on Panos after 25 years of development, in the last of our 25th anniversary blogs.

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