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Somalia twin bombings kill 18 in Mogadishu

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Arming the "good guys"?

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THE DEBATE

Gun Control in the United States: Will the Florida shooting be the turning point?

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FRANCE IN FOCUS

Giving a voice to the homeless in France

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REPORTERS

'Never Again': The students pushing for US gun control

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A bright future for solar power

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Winter in France's Burgundy vineyards

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How French cyber police are patrolling the 'Dark Web'

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Marseille mon amour: Mediterranean city celebrates love

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DOWN TO EARTH

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.

Latest update : 2014-09-22

Global warming: A drowning planet

Rising sea levels are an inevitable consequence of global warming. Scientific research indicates that sea levels worldwide have been rising at a rate of 0.14 inches (3.5 millimetres) per year since the early 1990s. The trend puts thousands of coastal cities and even whole islands at risk of being claimed by the ocean. Down to Earth went to two countries threatened by the phenomenon.

As rising sea levels submerge the coast of Nigeria, we look at how the nation is responding with floating slums and artificial islands on a world-class scale. On track for a one-metre rise by the end of the century, the phenomenon and its effects are accelerating.

But what if locals take advantage of the threat? We also head to The Netherlands, where living on water has been a matter of survival for centuries.

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

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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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2018-01-30 Bitcoin

Could Bitcoin cost us our clean energy future?

Gone are the days when it was just a currency for geeks. 2017 was without a doubt the year of the ubiquitous Bitcoin. In the past year, investors have flocked to the highly...

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2018-01-16 Smartphone

How ethical is your smartphone?

In the last decade, more than seven billion smartphones of all makes have been produced in the world, almost as many people as there are on the planet. On average we upgrade our...

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2017-12-15 Natural disaster

Was 2017 the worst year for the environment?

Floods, droughts, hurricanes and wildfires: 2017 stood out for both the number and intensity of extreme weather events. But were the last twelve months more catastrophic for the...

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2017-12-01 Fossil fuels

Oil industry: Is green the new black?

The world will pump more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere in 2017 than in any other year in recorded history. With doomsday scenarios on the horizon, there's growing pressure...

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