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'Black day for democracy': Malta in mourning after top journalist is murdered

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IN THE PAPERS

Has the Weinstein scandal 'freed' women from their silence?

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MEDIAWATCH

#MeToo and #BalanceTonPorc exposes extent of sexual harassment

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THE DEBATE

Europe’s newest face: Kurz’s election win indicates rightward shift for Austria

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FOCUS

Turkey's brain drain: Turning their backs on limited freedom, declining economy

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TALKING EUROPE

Internet giants: Too big to be taxed?

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TALKING EUROPE

EU’s Karl-Heinz Lambertz: ‘Empowering regions and cities very important for Europe’s future’

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ENCORE!

Music show: Client Liaison, Boyz II Men & Jessie Ware

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THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Iran deal decertified: Trump disavows nuclear agreement without walking away from it

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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 : 2016-05-30

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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2017-09-05 USA

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2017-06-20 Antarctica

Who benefits when the ice caps melt?

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