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'Absolutely shocking': Niger Delta oil spills linked with infant deaths

'Absolutely shocking': Niger Delta oil spills linked with infant deaths

Babies in Nigeria at double the risk of dying before they reach a month old if mothers lived near the scene of an oil spill before conceiving, study showsBabies in Nigeria are twice as likely to die
Bigotry against indigenous people means we're missing a trick on climate change

Bigotry against indigenous people means we're missing a trick on climate change

Traditional farming strategies could protect humanity against global warming and prevent deadly wildfires. Yet scientists seem determined to ignore them Prejudice against indigenous people is visible
Canadian firm to face historic legal case over alleged labour abuses in Eritrea

Canadian firm to face historic legal case over alleged labour abuses in Eritrea

Appeals court rules against mining company Nevsun Resources, clearing way for workers to have claims of human rights violations heard in Canadian courtA Canadian mining company has lost its bid to
Blood flows and rivers run dry as Honduras prepares to go to the polls – in pictures

Blood flows and rivers run dry as Honduras prepares to go to the polls – in pictures

With the country poised for Sunday’s elections, the murder of environmentalists in Honduras is being directly linked with water and food shortages, violence and migration. Photographer Sean Hawkey
Amnesty calls for criminal investigation into Shell over alleged complicity in murder and torture in Nigeria

Amnesty calls for criminal investigation into Shell over alleged complicity in murder and torture in Nigeria

Rights group publishes full evidence review, including statements alleging Shell managed undercover police unit in 1990s after its operations ended in OgonilandAmnesty International is calling for a
The year's top development stories: 2017 in review

The year's top development stories: 2017 in review

As Donald Trump cut funding for family planning and people from east Africa to Yemen went hungry, peace finally gained a foothold in ColombiaThe year began with the inauguration of Donald Trump and
Forests fall, animals die, desert looms: Uganda's burning problem – in pictures

Forests fall, animals die, desert looms: Uganda's burning problem – in pictures

Charcoal is an integral part of everyday life in Uganda, where most people rely on some form of wood fuel to cook or boil water. For many, the sale of trees also provides a valuable income. Yet this
Landmark case against British mining firm begins in Sierra Leone

Landmark case against British mining firm begins in Sierra Leone

British high court convenes on foreign soil for first time as evidence is heard of Tonkolili Iron Ore Ltd’s alleged complicity in police brutalityA British court has heard testimony of the alleged
‘SOS’: the rainforest distress call carved into Sumatra's oil palms | Kate Lamb

‘SOS’: the rainforest distress call carved into Sumatra's oil palms | Kate Lamb

With his chainsaw-wielding crew, artist Ernest Zacharevic has emblazoned a cry for help across an oil palm plantation, highlighting Indonesia’s deforestationDramatically carved into the landscape of a
In Ethiopia’s bushlands, promised riches of a railway boom turn to dust

In Ethiopia’s bushlands, promised riches of a railway boom turn to dust

Villagers, lured by new jobs and rich rewards for selling their land, now face poverty and heartbreak as claims of corruption engulf £2.5bn transport project‘They promised us we would get jobs there,”
'The river is dead': what is polluting the water of Brazil's Xikrin tribe? | Naira Hofmeister and José Cícero da Silva

'The river is dead': what is polluting the water of Brazil's Xikrin tribe? | Naira Hofmeister and José Cícero da Silva

Federal courts are battling to shut down a nickel mining plant said to be contaminating the Cateté river – a charge the company deniesThe Xikrin, who have lived alongside the Cateté river in the
Adventure tourists, where's your respect for remote tribes? | Elliott Oakley

Adventure tourists, where's your respect for remote tribes? | Elliott Oakley

A cash-free quest for ‘authentic’ culture ignores the needs of indigenous people, for whom no money may mean no healthcare or educationEvery night during a 600-mile kayak trip, adventurer Pip Stewart
Western consumers fund extremism by buying talcum powder, claims study

Western consumers fund extremism by buying talcum powder, claims study

Talc used in products sold in Europe and the US is often mined in Afghanistan by Isis and the Taliban, finds reportIslamic State and the Taliban are engaged in a bitter battle over control of mines in
Beleaguered Amazon tribes remain staunch in defence of their land | Jessica Moto

Beleaguered Amazon tribes remain staunch in defence of their land | Jessica Moto

As criminals eye the natural riches of their heavily forested territories, the Ka’apor people refuse to be cowed – even if it means taking the law into their own hands It was a letter of unity and
Scientists scramble to stop bananas being killed off

Scientists scramble to stop bananas being killed off

British firm races to produce bananas resistant to fungus sweeping global plantationsA British company has joined the race to develop a banana variety resistant to diseases and climatic changes that
The Himalayan state that declared war on plastic bags | Amrit Dhillon

The Himalayan state that declared war on plastic bags | Amrit Dhillon

Swapping bags for banana leaves – and cloth sacks – the tiny Indian state of Sikkim has transformed shoppers’ habits. Can Mumbai follow its example?As a boy growing up in Sikkim, the Indian state
Lost tribes: the 1,000km rainforest mission to protect an Amazon village | Dom Phillips and Gary Calton

Lost tribes: the 1,000km rainforest mission to protect an Amazon village | Dom Phillips and Gary Calton

Dom Phillips and Gary Calton joined an expedition to track the whereabouts of an uncontacted tribe, who threaten the safety of Brazil’s Marubo people Continue reading...
Alleged massacre of Amazon tribespeople: what really happened? | Dom Phillips

Alleged massacre of Amazon tribespeople: what really happened? | Dom Phillips

A paddle and bad recording of a bar-room conversation were all investigators had to go on when claims surfaced of killings deep in Brazil’s Javari Valley last year When not selling breakfasts in this
Tribes in deep water: gold, guns and the Amazon's last frontier | Dom Phillips and Gary Calton

Tribes in deep water: gold, guns and the Amazon's last frontier | Dom Phillips and Gary Calton

Mining reserves – and plentiful fish – mean Brazil’s Javari Valley is increasingly at risk from armed poachers seeking to plunder its resources. So, too, are the tribes who call it home Francisco Lima
Your phone is tainted by misery of 35,000 children in Congo's mines | Siddharth Kara

Your phone is tainted by misery of 35,000 children in Congo's mines | Siddharth Kara

My field research shows that children as young as six are among those risking their lives amid toxic dust to mine cobalt for the world’s big electronics firms Until recently, I knew cobalt only as a