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Macron makes Time 100 as France revolts

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THE DEBATE

Turkey's rush to the polls: Erdogan calls snap election to cement his power

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THE POLITICAL BRIEF

France's Macron likens divisions within EU to 'civil war'

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Sting and Shaggy on making musical magic together

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The citizens finding solutions to Lebanon's chronic waste crisis

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THE INTERVIEW

Head of UN entity probing war crimes in Syria speaks to FRANCE 24

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PEOPLE & PROFIT

The future of work: How the gig economy is changing the jobs market

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PERSPECTIVE

'France has underinvested in early childhood education for many years'

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IN THE PRESS

'Badass': Accolades pour in for Southwest pilot who landed plane after engine failure

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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 : 2017-11-03

A nuclear waste dump for eternity

France has found a €25 billion solution to the unanswerable question of what to do with its high-level nuclear waste - bury it deep underground.

While nuclear energy has a small carbon footprint, its waste still produces a puzzling problem for the industry. For the moment, it is treated and held in temporary sites but the plan is to store it 500 metres below the Earth's surface.

Our team from Down to Earth went to the most radioactive waste site in Europe where the spent fuel is waiting to be buried, before visiting the underground tunnels that may be the final resting place for this indestructible toxic trash.

By Mairead DUNDAS , Marina BERTSCH , Juliette LACHARNAY , Valérie DEKIMPE

Archives

2018-04-03 climate change

Can the courtroom save the planet?

The planet may have found its newest and perhaps greatest ally: the law. In the past three years, the number of climate-related lawsuits across the world has tripled. In 2017,...

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2018-03-20 Germany

German villages sacrificed in the name of coal

In Germany, one of Europe’s largest coal mines is gaining ground, destroying dozens of villages in its path. Some 35,000 people have already been relocated and 24 new villages...

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2018-03-08 Recycling

Plastic: Does France have a recycling problem?

When it comes to sorting and recycling plastic waste, France has some catching up to do. Less than 25% of plastic packaging is recycled, while the rest is incinerated or put in...

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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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