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Erdogan Almighty: Turkey elections hand president enhanced powers

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ENCORE!

L'Impératrice: The empress of Parisian pop music

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East Germany's stolen babies

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PERSPECTIVE

Turkey's ambassador to France reacts to Erdogan's re-election

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TALKING EUROPE

'Two thirds of victims of human trafficking in Europe are EU nationals'

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TALKING EUROPE

A new stance on immigration? Europe's latest tussle over migrants

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IN THE PRESS

Meet Zsa Zsa the English bulldog, the world's ugliest dog

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THE INTERVIEW

'Turkey is a very weak state which looks very strong'

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THE OBSERVERS

The Moroccan teacher improving his pupils' lives; and Turkey's violent crackdown on students

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

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2018-06-15 Molly HALL

Iran's water crisis

It's an environmental issue that's become a thorny political problem. Iran has been experiencing severe drought for several years. A growing population, increased water...

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2018-06-01 Marina BERTSCH

France’s disappearing birds

Across France, fields have gone quiet… In 20 years, one-third of the country’s birds have disappeared. Meadow Pipits and Partridges have nearly been wiped out. It’s a...

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2018-05-18 Florence VILLEMINOT

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 Florence VILLEMINOT

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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2018-04-20 Florence VILLEMINOT

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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