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Keepers of the flame: Native American communities seeking to protect their cultural legacy

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Tunisians disillusioned, seven years after revolution

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Indonesia: New orangutan species found in Sumatra

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Meet the 16-year-old behind the hijab emoji

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Film show: 'Battle of the Sexes', 'Jupiter’s Moon', 'Reinventing Marvin'

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Robert Mugabe resigns: 'Hip Hip Harare'

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UN tribunal decides fate of Mladic, 'Butcher of the Balkans'

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Celebrations erupt in the streets of Harare as Mugabe resigns

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Zimbabwe's end of an era

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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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