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Kenya: At least one dead in violence linked to election primaries

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French presidential election: The view from Berlin

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Trump's tax plan is 'too thin and too late'

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Trump's tax reform: A 'home run' or 'laughable stunt'?

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IN THE PAPERS

'It's War!' Le Pen and Macron in showdown at Whirlpool factory

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French presidential election: Posters and political spin

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THE CAMPAIGN BEAT

Macron and Le Pen battle it out to woo blue-collar workers

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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. You can watch it online as early as Friday.

Latest update : 2017-04-14

Desalination to secure water supplies: A problematic solution?

One out of nine people in this world still don’t have access to safe drinking water, and a global water crisis is just around the corner. To solve the problem, more and more countries and regions are turning to desalination - converting seawater into drinking water - to secure their water supplies.

Desalination is bringing clean water to millions. But despite technological breakthroughs, it remains an energy-consuming process and can be harmful to the environment.

Today, there are close to 19,000 desalination plants in the world and Saudi Arabia has most of them; processing some 12 million cubic meters of water a day.

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

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2017-04-11 water

Desalination to secure water supplies: A problematic solution?

One out of nine people in this world still don’t have access to safe drinking water, and a global water crisis is just around the corner. To solve the problem, more and more...

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2017-03-30 Renewable energy

Using 100% renewable energies: A distant dream or the near future?

Costa Rica spent seven months producing only renewable energies in 2016. If the Central American country can do it, why can't we all? In this episode of Down to Earth we look at...

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2017-03-15 Autolib

Electric cars: The ride of the future?

The future is racing towards electric cars. They’re getting greener, faster and more accessible by the day. Yet their impact on the environment is real – even before hitting the...

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2017-03-01 environment

The hidden pollution of the internet

The internet seems like a virtual world floating around us. But in fact, it’s right under our feet. Data centres, dependent on huge amounts of electricity, store our information...

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