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#ChooseFrance campaign aims to show 'France is back'

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Davos 2018: Balancing tech risks and opportunities

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Erdogan's new front: Turkey takes on Syria's kurds (part 2)

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THE DEBATE

Erdogan's new front: Turkey takes on Syria's kurds (part 1)

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Davos 2018: Modi defends globalisation but warns it's losing its lustre

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Namibia's genocide: Descendants sue Germany for reparations

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Ex-president Lula is 'clearly innocent', Rousseff says

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Author Mohsin Hamid: The magic of the migrant crisis

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Estonia at 100: President Kaljulaid on risks, opportunities and Europhilia

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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 : 2017-12-15

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 environment than previous years?

For many, the election of Donald Trump as US president was the ultimate environmental bombshell. In his first year in office, he eliminated or started the rollback of more than 50 environmental rules, including the decision to pull out of the Paris climate deal.

This year also saw a rise in the amount of fossil fuels being burned, despite global efforts to turn away from coal and oil.

And while the number of extreme weather events can't necessarily be blamed specifically on climate change, the consequences were made more devastating because of it.

There are some reasons to be hopeful, though, including a movement of American states, cities and businesses which remain committed to action on climate change. France and the UK have also pledged to end the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040, with China considering a similar move.

French climatologist Valérie Masson-Delmotte tells FRANCE 24 she doesn't believe ''in a single point of no return'' but warns that as each year gets warmer, humanity moves into an unknown world for which ''there are no lessons learned from the past''.

By Mairead DUNDAS , Marina BERTSCH , Valérie DEKIMPE , Gaëlle ESSOO

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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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2017-12-01 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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2017-11-17 Fishing

The tiny parasite threatening your salmon sushi

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2017-11-02 nuclear power

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.

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