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The impacts of climate change are far reaching, with those living in poverty most vulnerable. Within this century hundreds of millions of people will be exposed to water scarcity, malnutrition, the spread of infectious diseases, heat waves, storms, floods and droughts, which will lead to loss of livelihoods and increased mortality. Yet these poor people are left out of discussion and planning and lack information to help them adapt to the impacts of climate change.

The media have a key role to play in raising understanding and awareness at global and local levels. Strong media can create debates, spread knowledge and help citizens to hold decision-makers to account and influence policies; but, in most developing countries, there is little media coverage of climate change and Southern journalists are marginalised from international discussion and decision-making.

Working with partners, Panos London has developed an exciting three-year programme for 2009-2011 which will ensure that developing country journalists can raise awareness and encourage debate in their own countries about tackling and adapting to climate change. And most importantly they will bring the voices of those from developing countries into important discussions and debates at UN summits.

“This is the first time in [UN climate summit] COP’s history [that] Vietnam’s media have as much news and articles on climate change. I have learned many precious experiences in writing about climate change. It is a good chance for me to inspire colleagues as well as young journalists in Vietnam News Agency on writing [about] environmental issues.” Vu Ha (Vietnam News Agency, Vietnam) 2008 journalist fellow.


Visit the Climate Change Media Partnership website for full details of the project, and see many of the articles written by our fellows from different climate change summits.

Latest updates

Kashmir ‘paradise’ runs out of water

A beautiful living stream - Faisal Raza Khan | Panos London

The Kashmir mountains are a beautiful setting, but the impacts of climate change are beginning to be felt as the water seems to be drying up.

Persuasion, prison and hard cash: how Nigeria is halting rainforest loss

Okoikpi inspecting a tree seedling in the Akasanko forest - Armsfree Ajanaku | Panos London

In this article for the Climate Change Media Partnership, Armsfree looks at what is being done in Nigeria to allow local rainforests to begin to grow back.

Mighty agro-lobby threatens reforestation of Amazon

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

Brazil has dramatically slowed down the rate of Amazon deforestation in the past six years. But restoring the swathes of rainforest is another huge challenge – and one that is meeting powerful political opposition.

Reflections on Durban

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.

Behind the scenes at the UN climate change conference

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.

Q&A with Argentina’s delegates at COP17

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

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

Brazil’s hopes and fears at COP17

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

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.

Communicating climate change without the clutter

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

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.

Cameroon’s changing weather linked to crop disease

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.

Greening South Africa’s energy policies

More than 90 per cent of the coal consumed on the African continent is produced in South Africa

South Africa’s energy policies will come under scrutiny as it hosts the UN climate change talks in November.

Why the media matters in a warming world

Climate change journalism - needed now / Fredrik Naumann - Panos Pictures

Climate change journalism can protect people and promote development. This policy briefing explains how supporting journalists can help countries to implement policies that work, while meeting their international obligations.

Colombia: housing to fight climate change

Canoes are needed to reach the half-built homes \ Dirección de Gestión del Riesgo - Panos London

Following a fire, planners seized the chance to build homes designed to cope with Riosucio’s increasingly devastating floods. More houses like these will be needed to adjust to Colombia’s ‘new climate reality’.

Tamil Nadu’s shrinking islets spell sea change

A fisherman in Tamil Nadu returns to shore with his Kattumaram raft and a net bursting with fish

A network of tiny islands in Tamil Nadu is shrinking due to a rise in sea water in the estuary. Experts fear the impact of a rise in sea levels on India’s coasts yet CCMP fellow Gokul Chandrasekar finds the Indian government has no regulation for the impact of climate change on the coastline.

Uzbekistan: trees help restore degraded land

A row of rusting trawlers lie abandoned on the former shore of the Aral Sea in Uzbekistan.

A project in the Aral Sea region of Uzbekistan is encouraging farmers to reclaim degraded, marginal cropland by planting trees.

Nigeria: eroded earth swallows up homes

A collapsed drain built by the Nigerian government in 1983 to control the floods. Ugochi Anyaka - Panos London

Nigerian reporter Ugochi Anyaka witnesses the effects of massive soil erosion and hears possible solutions.

Preparing for glacier disaster

Rina Saeed Khan - Panos London

Rina Saeed Khan explores a climate change project designed to protect Pakistani mountain villages from glacier collapse.

Kenya: saving for a dry day

Teso Chachika, and her family, rely on food relief due to a severe drought. Others in the Eastern Province of Kenya are trying to create Savings Clubs to buy drought resistant crops / Frederic Courbet - Panos Pictures

In Kenya’s Eastern Province, severe droughts mean many farmers are reduced to living on food aid. But a savings club is helping households to grow drought-resistant crops, giving them a fighting chance during the hard times brought on by changes in the climate.

When every drop counts

A Xu Bushman boy plays in his army-base home / Paul Weinberg - Panos Pictures

A report from Nambia where people are suffering from drought, that looks at ways that people are adapting to the problem.

Dance that heals

Kolkata, India | Two women take part in an outreach dance event at an International Dance day celebration in April, 2010 / Ranjita Biswas - Panos London

Shampa, from Kolkata, grew up in shelter homes for girls from the age of five after both her parents died. She is now a dance instructor, trained by Kolkata Sanved (which translates roughly from Bengali as sensitivity), a local NGO that uses dance to help participants cope with mental trauma.

US bulldozer tactics at close range

Rebuilding trust before the conference resumes in Cancun is essential according to Emmanuel Okella / Marcelo Gonçalves (flickr.com/photos/marcelocg/)

The failed Copenhagen talks meant this latest round of negotiations was characterised by suspicion and mistrust between wealthy and developing nations. But developing nations seem to be showing a united front.

Sudan and Egypt won’t be signing up anytime soon

An American delegate talks in the press conference room at the UNFCCC's Copenhagen conference. A number of African states didn't sign the Copenhagen Accord at the meeting / Fredrik Naumann - Panos Pictures

Close to 45 of the 53 countries that make up the African Union arrived at the latest round of climate talks in Bonn having signed the much criticised Copenhagen Accord. But not Sudan, Zimbabwe, Niger, Cameroon, Sao Tome & Principe, Equatorial Guinea and Egypt.

Diplomatic tip-toeing gives way to strong words at Bonn

Women wait for transport to get over a flooded river in Bangladesh. Qumrul Chowdhury, from Bangladesh, said at Bonn that the world needs, 'A legally binding, fair and ambitious treaty - or else people will suffer.' / Espen Rasmussen - Panos Pictures

“It will be tragic, a holocaust… I warn all the world that it will be at the expense of one billion people. We can’t afford to lose the battle.”

Adopting a negotiator

The UN's climate change negotiations can be dreadfully stuffy talk shops to outsiders but for one group of young people they're totally gripping. For the last year 13 students from counties around the world have been shadowing negotiators from their home countries at these events.

Beggars must be choosers

A man maintains the solar panels on top of a radio station in Mali. Namibia might be able to take advantage of the amount of sun it receives to generate more energy with solar panels too / Crispin Huges - Panos Pictures

The climate games are back in town. This time countries gathered in Bonn's Maritim hotel for another round of tedious negotiations. The differences between delegations are about as numerous as there are contentious items on the agenda.

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