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Chinese textile wholesalers open Marseille site

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Meet Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer: Angela Merkel's 'mini-me'

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Major French student union rocked by sexual assault claims

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Photographer Pete Souza shares his ‘portrait’ of Obama

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Zuma ally Atul Gupta challenges asset freeze

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Gun control continues to trend on US social media

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Trump, guns and school shootings: Can students help change gun control laws?

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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 : 2016-05-30

Plastic planet: Using today's resources tomorrow

This week Down to Earth explores the alarming rate in which plastic has plastered the planet. Since it was invented a century ago the petroleum-based material has invaded all aspects of modern society. Cheap, solid, waterproof and light, plastic now pollutes ever corner of the globe.

While many types of plastic can be recycled, most of it ends up in landfills or oceans where it contaminates the environment and often enters the food chain.

How do we live in a world full of plastic? Or can we find a way to live without it?

We speak to record-breaking sailor Ellen MacArthur who crusades for a better way to manage our finite resources.
 

By Mairead DUNDAS , Marina BERTSCH , Yara JAMALI ELO , Sonia BARITELLO

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2018-02-16 aviation

Is the aviation industry free-riding on climate change efforts?

In the fight against climate change, more and more sectors are hopping on board the global movement to protect the planet. But one industry is an exception to the rule: the...

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2018-01-30 Bitcoin

Could Bitcoin cost us our clean energy future?

Gone are the days when it was just a currency for geeks. 2017 was without a doubt the year of the ubiquitous Bitcoin. In the past year, investors have flocked to the highly...

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2018-01-16 Smartphone

How ethical is your smartphone?

In the last decade, more than seven billion smartphones of all makes have been produced in the world, almost as many people as there are on the planet. On average we upgrade our...

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2017-12-15 Natural disaster

Was 2017 the worst year for the environment?

Floods, droughts, hurricanes and wildfires: 2017 stood out for both the number and intensity of extreme weather events. But were the last twelve months more catastrophic for the...

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2017-12-01 Fossil fuels

Oil industry: Is green the new black?

The world will pump more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere in 2017 than in any other year in recorded history. With doomsday scenarios on the horizon, there's growing pressure...

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