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Latest update : 2017-12-08

Marine pollution around Dakar reaches critical levels

In Senegal, despite the country's hundreds of kilometers of coastline, a recent report on marine pollution is likely to put you off going for a swim. The ocean around the Dakar peninsula is contaminated with traces of pollutants, often in significant quantities according to a recent study. One major cause is sewage due to just a single treatment plant in the capital - home to 20 percent of the country's population.

The study was led by the civil society with the support of the Research Institute for Development (IRD), Greenpeace, the Pasteur Institute of Dakar and the Ministry of the Environment. While the situation puts the health of residents at risk, the biggest impact has been on the fisheries sector. But tourism could be next, if nothing is done. In Dakar, Sarah Sakho reports, with Emmanuelle Landais.

By Sarah SAKHO

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2018-07-20 Europe

Knife crime on the rise in London

The homicide rate has surged in the British capital this year. On average, one person is now killed every three days in London. Murder victims are getting younger and often come...

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2018-07-19 Europe

Spain's strawberry farms from hell

Spain's south-western Huelva region is known around the world for its strawberries. The fruit-picking season lasts three months and attracts workers from Eastern Europe and...

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2018-07-18 Asia-pacific

Young women in China go under the knife to improve job prospects

This summer, thousands of young female graduates in China will undergo cosmetic surgery to reshape their nose or enlarge their eyes. Competition in the labour market is so fierce...

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2018-07-17 Charlotte PRUDHOMME

Is French oak under threat?

Is French oak under threat? Around a third of France is covered with forests, and the country is the largest oak producer in the EU. But as international demand soars, the...

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2018-07-16 Sylvain LEPETIT

Despite economic blockade and corruption scandals, Qatar prepares for its 2022 World Cup

Although the World Cup in Russia only just ended, interest has already turned to the competition’s 2022 host: Qatar. The nation’s reputation has already been tainted by...

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