Alex Kirby is a former BBC journalist and environment correspondent. Before joining the BBC, he was a Reuters news agency stringer in Burkina Faso, and later the BBC Maghreb correspondent. From 1987 to 2005, he was environment correspondent for BBC Radio and TV News, and latterly for the BBC News website. From 1999 to 2005, he presented BBC Radio’s environment programme, Costing the Earth.He now works with universities, charities and international agencies to improve their media skills, and with developing world journalists keen to specialise in environmental reporting. This has involved conducting workshops across Eastern Europe, Central and South Asia, Malaysia, East Africa, and the Pacific.