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Spain 'goes nuclear' on Catalonia

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THE INTERVIEW

Civil rights leader Al Sharpton says Trump 'channels' racism

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THE DEBATE

Moment of truth: Spain sets in motion direct rule over Catalonia

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PEOPLE & PROFIT

Must it come down? Market analysts bracing for correction

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FOCUS

Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto to vote on autonomy

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THE POLITICAL BRIEF

France considers tough new laws to crack down on sexual harassment

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ENCORE!

Inside the new Yves Saint Laurent museum in Morocco

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INSIDE THE AMERICAS

California: When your home is reduced to ashes

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FRENCH CONNECTIONS

#balancetonporc: Sexual harassment and gender inequality in France

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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 : 2016-01-04

Environmental migrants: The neglected refugees

Rising sea levels, extreme weather and drought: climate change is already causing tens of thousands of people to migrate. But where will these displaced populations go? There is no refugee status for victims of climate change.

"There is a void in terms of their protection", says Antonio Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. It is estimated that by 2050, 200 million people could be displaced by the environment. When the Geneva Refugee Convention was signed in 1951, there was no mention of climate change. Today, in the eyes of international refugee law, these people simply don’t exist.

And yet they do exist.

In this episode of Down to Earth, the team investigates the "climate refugees": who they are, where they come from and the difficulty in finding solutions for a group that has never been formally defined.

By Mairead DUNDAS , Marina BERTSCH , Yara JAMALI ELO , Juliette LACHARNAY , Julien SAUVAGET

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2017-10-06 terrorism

Is a bioterrorist attack possible?

The threat of a biological terrorist attack is now longer merely science fiction. From anthrax to smallpox and Ebola, scientists worry terrorists could turn biological agents...

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2017-09-19 Brazil

Amazon rainforest pays heavy price for Brazil's political crisis

After promising signs that Brazil's Amazon was recovering from a devastating period of deforestation, alarm bells have been set off again. The number of hectares of felled forest...

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2017-09-05 USA

Not so green: Why cannabis has a hefty carbon footprint

As cannabis enjoys unprecedented acceptance in parts of the United States, many are asking whether this budding industry has considered its environmental impact. Growing just...

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2017-08-29 Justin Trudeau

Canada's Trudeau under fire for environmental record

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been hailed as a climate hero. He was quick to allocate funds to green initiatives and presided over Canada’s signing of the Paris...

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2017-06-20 Antarctica

Who benefits when the ice caps melt?

The Arctic and Antarctica are warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet, with the amount of sea ice lost equal to the size of Mexico (when we compare what we have today to...

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