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The controversial colonial statue in Senegal; and the centuries-old town in Turkey being destroyed by the govt

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'We aren't ready' for a second vote in Kenya and flip-flopping on climate change

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Another Hurricane? It's Maria's turn. And, when's your printer going to stop working?

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DR Congo: New report says army worked with militias to massacre hundreds in Beni

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All eyes on Trump and Macron at UN General Assembly

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Trump goes to the UN: What role for the United States on the world stage?

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German elections: Top MEP 'concerned' as populists rise in polls

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TALKING EUROPE

Four more years for Angela Merkel?

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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 : 2017-05-12

Imagining a world without pesticides

After being used for decades by modern intensive agriculture, pesticides are now showing their limits. In southern Africa, a kind of pesticide-resistant caterpillar is destroying crops and crippling farmers. Independent researchers say pesticides could be dangerous for our planet and our health by causing cancer, modifying our genes or impacting on fertility.

French scientists have found that farmers could reduce their pesticide use by 30% and not see the difference. Others go even further by promoting organic farming, as well as new methods, such as agroecology. But could they feed the planet? We take a closer look in this new episode of Down to Earth. 

By Shona BHATTACHARYYA , Marina BERTSCH , Juliette LACHARNAY , Mégane VERDIER

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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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2017-06-09 Mars

Could Mars be our Planet B?

As humans continue to ravage Earth, is it time to consider other planets as an alternative home? NASA and a host of private organisations - including Elon Musk's SpaceX - are in...

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2017-05-26 Donald Trump

Trump has already quit the Paris climate deal - just not publicly

It doesn't really matter whether US President Donald Trump pulls his country out of the world's first binding agreement on climate change. All of his actions since taking office...

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