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Madagascar political crisis: top court orders formation of unity government

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Ireland's abortion referendum

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THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Weinstein in court; Ireland abortion vote; Italy's populist takeover

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Sugar and spice: The flavours of the French Caribbean

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FRENCH CONNECTIONS

The French are so rude! Or are they?

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REVISITED

Video: After key battle, Syrian town of Kobane looks to the future

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The writing's on the wall: Revolutionary posters from May 68

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REPORTERS

'We heard there might be a civil war': May 68 seen from abroad

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#THE 51%

U.S. mid-terms: Record number of women running and winning primaries

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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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2018-05-18 environment

Could thawing permafrost unleash long-gone deadly viruses?

In the remote town of Longyearbyen, in Norway’s Arctic region, the ground is permanently frozen. As temperatures rise, the thawing permafrost could open a Pandora's box, with...

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2018-05-04 pollution

Will cleaner air accelerate global warming?

It's probably part of your daily life, even if you don’t notice it. And yet, it kills an estimated seven million people each year. Around the world, countries are waking up and...

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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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