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Video: World's largest climate tower in the heart of the Amazon

Brazil is home to the largest part of the Amazon rainforest. Acting as a gigantic carbon filter and a cloud generator, it's often described as "the lungs of the planet". It's in the heart of the rainforest that Brazil recently inaugurated the Amazon Tall Tower Observatory, or ATTO.

The mast aims to monitor chemical changes in the air. Scientists there are also studying the formation of clouds, all in the hope of seeing how climate change is contributing to extreme weather events. Our reporters went to check it out.

A programme prepared by Patrick Lovett, Laura Burloux and Yong Chim.

By Nicolas RANSOM , John DILLERMORE

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Sébastien BOILLAT

Brazilian Institute for Space Research

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2017-11-23 Asia-pacific

Could Pakistan be your next holiday destination?

With its image tarnished by years of repeated terrorist attacks, Pakistan doesn't figure on many people's lists of dream holiday destinations. But that could soon change....

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2017-11-22 Africa

Tunisians disillusioned, seven years after revolution

In early October, an overcrowded boat carrying migrants sank off the Tunisian island of Kerkennah, near the city of Sfax. At least 45 people lost their lives. Many of the victims...

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2017-11-21 Americas

Video: An uncertain fate for US's transgender soldiers

In July, US President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he was re-instating a ban on transgender people serving in the military. Trump justified his shock decision by citing...

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2017-11-20 Africa

From ecological disaster to small miracle in Mauritania

Mauritania is being invaded by typha, a thick type of plant that has sprung up and is growing all over the North African country, destroying other species and even forcing people...

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2017-11-17 Emmanuel Macron

France's newest political party accused of 'old' methods

Six months after becoming France's youngest ever president, Emmanuel Macron is facing signs of rebellion and frustration from within his own party. Some 100 members, including...

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