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We meet the people behind fascinating environmental, health and technological innovations in a bid for sustainable solutions to our changing world. Saturday at 7.20 pm. Or you can catch it online from Friday.

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Uganda: Bushmeat poachers repent

To save Uganda's chimpanzees, former poachers are going on a hunt to find wire traps inside the country's largest tropical rainforest.

This week on Down to Earth we meet the unlikely troop safeguarding Uganda’s chimpanzees. Today, former poachers are "hunting the hunters" who set snares across the nation’s protected rainforests. The wire traps are the biggest threat to the thousands of chimpanzees that become caught in the snares and are either permanently wounded or die.

At the Budongo Conservation Field Station, the team is now taking efforts a step further. Local hunters are being encouraged to hand over their snares in return for receiving goats to rear and breed.

But not everyone is convinced, and certain poachers refuse to surrender.

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Budongo Conservation Field Station

The Jane Goodall Institute

Sustainable Minute: Winds of change in Ethiopia

By Nicolas BAKER , Mairead DUNDAS , Marina BERTSCH , Juliette LACHARNAY , Anna-Gaëlle Brault

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2018-04-17 agriculture

Can France bid 'adieu' to popular weedkiller glyphosate?

France is Europe's top agricultural producer and also its top consumer of glyphosate, the most widely used herbicide in history. Each year, nearly 8,000 tons of it are used in...

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2018-04-03 climate change

Can the courtroom save the planet?

The planet may have found its newest and perhaps greatest ally: the law. In the past three years, the number of climate-related lawsuits across the world has tripled. In 2017,...

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2018-03-20 Germany

German villages sacrificed in the name of coal

In Germany, one of Europe’s largest coal mines is gaining ground, destroying dozens of villages in its path. Some 35,000 people have already been relocated and 24 new villages...

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2018-03-08 Recycling

Plastic: Does France have a recycling problem?

When it comes to sorting and recycling plastic waste, France has some catching up to do. Less than 25% of plastic packaging is recycled, while the rest is incinerated or put in...

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2018-02-16 aviation

Is the aviation industry free-riding on climate change efforts?

In the fight against climate change, more and more sectors are hopping on board the global movement to protect the planet. But one industry is an exception to the rule: the...

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