1. Tuvalu - Islands on the frontline of Climate Change

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    With photography by Robin Hammond and produced by Panos Pictures, this multimedia piece looks at the island nation of Tuvalu, as the Tuvaluan people become some of the first environmental refugees, a direct result of man-made climate change. In December this year a treaty to replace the Kyoto protocol will be drawn up at the climate change conference in Copenhagen. At a preliminary summit in March, scientists presented new information that revised previous estimates of future sea level rise. The new figures suggest that by the end of the century the oceans could be one metre or more above their current levels. Coastal regions will be flooded and low-lying nations such as the tiny South Pacific country of Tuvalu could be submerged. The impact of rising seas and the increase in extreme weather events can already be seen in Tuvalu. It is one of 22 Pacific island nations with 7 million inhabitants between them that contribute only 0.06% of global greenhouse gas emissions but are three times more vulnerable to climate change than countries in the North. At the primary school in Funafuti, children are taught about climate change from the age of six. They are also learning what it means to emigrate, because this could be the last generation of children to grow up in Tuvalu. Its people are already in flight. More than 4,000 live in New Zealand, and the Tuvaluan government is planning the migration of the remaining 10,000. Please credit Panos Pictures To see more of Panos Pictures work go to www.panos.co.uk

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    • Dark Clouds - The hidden side of China's miracle economy

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      Produced by Panos Pictures, with photographs by Ian Teh, this is a journey into some of China's most industrialised cities, a journey to the other side of the bright shiny facade that is the economy. It is a glimpse of another life and another world that is rarely seen. China's economy is exploding and behind the scenes of this economic miracle is the industrial revolution powered by the cheap labour that is helping to build and sustain the economy. Coal for power, coal for steel, coal for cement. Coal and labour are the raw materials, the flip side and the dark side of this economic juggernaut that is China. But it comes at a heavy price for the country's environment and its people's health. And now that is has overtaken the US as the biggest producer of carbon dioxide, China's emission levels will increase anxiety about its role in driving man-made global warming and will add to pressure on the world's politicians to reach an agreement on climate change that includes the Chinese economy. Please credit Panos Pictures To see more of Panos Pictures work go to www.panos.co.uk For more of Ian's work go to www.ianteh.com

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      • Exodus

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        Stills based short film by Chris de Bode. Editing by Panos Pictures. Music : Rebel Music http://www.rebelmusic.eu/ Please credit Chris de Bode/Panos Pictures To see more of Panos Pictures work go to www.panos.co.uk

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        • Highlander

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          Neil Elliot is an industrial painter by trade but his passion is the caber with numerous accolades to his name, claiming the unofficial title of the world’s best. Photography and sound by Kieran Dodds. Please credit Panos Pictures To see more of Panos Pictures work go to panos.co.uk

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          • Black Saturday: Australia's Bushfires

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            Jocelyn Carlin travelled to the area around King Lake, Victoria, in March 2009, a month after the fires of Black Saturday. She documented the destruction she found, and investigated the wider context of the fires, including the growing impact of climate change on this area. Throughout her journey she was aided by her long lost cousin Harry Carlin, a volunteer for the County Fire Authority with whom she was reunited for the trip. Harry’s narration and Jocelyn’s personal story form a powerful narrative to the piece. "...thought I'd let you know we made it to Melbourne last night. The fires are still close, although I believe they'll not reach the house... ...There are so many very sad stories. Heaps of homes lost, livestock burnt and at the moment 14 people dead and 25 missing. The rain has started here so I am hoping it's getting to the Yarra Valley..." This was the email I'd received from my sister Linda on the morning of Sunday the 8th of February 2009. In the end 173 people died, and the day of the fires was to become known as Black Saturday. I stepped onto a train heading out of Melbourne to the Eucalypt gum forests and dryland farming country, and into Harry's Land Rover, we drove where possible for three days. Kinglake, a small forest town that would have been bustling with life a few weeks before, was closed. I absorbed old Victorian stories, and Harry told me how the Aborigine had managed this land of fire and smoke as firestick farmers, burning the bush regularly. "The white man stopped doing that" Harry said, "one, because he's too lazy, two, because he's too bloody stupid and because he's too bloody proud to learn from the original inhabitants." Facing the devastation, I began to understand this latest sad tale of a 200 year struggle between settlers and land. Text and Video Copyright Panos Pictures For more info on Panos go to www.panos.co.uk

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            • Conversations in Photography: 25 years of Panos Pictures

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              Founded in 1986, Panos Pictures has evolved from the photo archive of the Panos Institute (now Panos London, an international NGO promoting communication and dialogue on development issues), to become one of the leading photo reportage agencies specialising in global social issues. Our 25th year has seen Panos photographers win an unprecedented seven World Press Photo awards, a huge achievement for a small independent photo agency in an era of consolidation among big picture libraries. A percentage of the annual profits from Panos Pictures are given to Panos London (who part own the photo agency) to further its work in advocacy and media capacity building. Adrian Evans, Director of the agency says: ‘Reaching the milestone of 25 years is proof that sticking to your principles and believing in what you do does pay off in the long run. Panos Pictures remains unique in occupying the space between the for-profit and the not-for-profit worlds while our enduring relationship with Panos London and the rest of the network continues to inform our philosophy and the stories we choose to explore. The distance covered in the journey from 1986 to today is immense – from fairly humble beginnings Panos Pictures is now a globally recognised brand, respected for our integrity and commitment to telling the stories behind the headlines. Looking forward, our goal is to be at the forefront of developments in the wider photo economy, making us market leaders in creative and inclusive approaches to visual communications.’ In celebrating our 25th year; we look back at some of our biggest stories and consider the way the agency and the industry has evolved. Web documentary: duration 26 minutes. Please credit Panos Pictures To see more of Panos Pictures work go to www.panos.co.uk

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              • Kidnapped

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                Whilst working on his project in Caracas Adam Hinton interviewed a young woman, Alimar Teresa Perdomo. Without any prompting she told him about the time she was kidnapped by a gang and taken to a warehouse to be sold to the highest bidder. Crime in Caracas is at a ridiculous level and seems to have affected most of the population. It is a place were the fear of crime is a reality. Video by Adam Hinton. Editing: David Freemantle. Please credit Adam Hinton/Panos Pictures To see more of Panos Pictures work go to www.panos.co.uk

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                • Wika: Life in Warsaw

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                  Wika Szmit is 74 years old and a pensioner. Three times a week she runs discos at the Bolek club in Warsaw. Produced, edited and shot by Piotr Malecki. Part of an ongoing series about life in Warsaw. Please credit Piotr Malecki/Panos Pictures To see more of Panos Pictures work go to www.panos.co.uk

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                  • The Vaults

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                    This film-noir journey takes us to the heart of 7,000 billion dollar secret. The Swiss banking industry holds a third of all global offshore assets, ring-fenced by ingrained conservatism and strict banking secrecy laws. Accounting for half of the Swiss banking industry, two banks - UBS, and Credit Suisse - dominate the austere heart of this secretive world. Headquartered side by side on Paradeplatz in Zurich, they're said to own vast vaults beneath the square, containing gold, cash and enough secrets from around the world to feed myriad spy novels and thrillers. Photography by Mark Henley. Please credit Mark Henley/Panos Pictures To see more of Panos Pictures work go to www.panos.co.uk

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                    • Rape: A Weapon of War

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                      Robin Hammond met some of the women and children who have been sexually assaulted during the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and heard their stories. Please credit Panos Pictures To see more of Panos Pictures work go to panos.co.uk

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