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Uganda's Bobi Wine returns home

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Brexit plan panned by EU leaders

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Writers Lauren Groff and Michael Chabon on Trump, marriage and being a parent in 2018

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US Supreme Court: Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation in turmoil

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Amnesty International says at least 58 killed in Addis Ababa violence

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Austria restricts immigration and hampers integration

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Historian Joan Scott: 'Hardline secularism is as bad as hardline Islam'

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Shaking up the workplace: How employers face the challenge of automation

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Even in Kenya, exiled Burundians fear for their lives

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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 : 2016-01-04

Environmental migrants: The neglected refugees

Rising sea levels, extreme weather and drought: climate change is already causing tens of thousands of people to migrate. But where will these displaced populations go? There is no refugee status for victims of climate change.

"There is a void in terms of their protection", says Antonio Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.It is estimated that by 2050, 200 million people could be displaced by the environment. When the Geneva Refugee Convention was signed in 1951, there was no mention of climate change. Today, in the eyes of international refugee law, these people simply don’t exist.

And yet they do exist.

In this episode of Down to Earth, the team investigates the "climate refugees": who they are, where they come from and the difficulty in finding solutions for a group that has never been formally defined.

By Julien SAUVAGET , Juliette LACHARNAY , Mairead DUNDAS , Marina BERTSCH , Yara JAMALI ELO

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2018-09-14 DOWN TO EARTH

Climate change: A bitter taste for Bordeaux wine

As world temperatures soar, Bordeaux wine could be in danger, threatening more than 14,000 winegrowers and the production of 600 million litres of the world-famous French wine.

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2018-08-31 DOWN TO EARTH

Cargo pollution: Setting sail for greener seas

Cargo shipping drives global trade - but at a steep environmental cost, generating three percent of global CO2 emissions. It may not seem like a lot, but if shipping were a...

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2018-07-13 DOWN TO EARTH

Portugal: Eucalyptus trees under fire

Join us on Down To Earth as we return to the scene of Portugal's deadliest wildfires. Last year, 115 people were killed and 500,000 hectares of land scorched. The poor emergency...

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2018-06-29 DOWN TO EARTH

Menstruation: Green is the new red

Menstruation is a natural part of every woman's life. The average woman will use some 10,000 single-use pads and tampons in her lifetime. They may be disposable, but they’re not...

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2018-06-15 DOWN TO EARTH

Iran's water crisis

It's an environmental issue that's become a thorny political problem. Iran has been experiencing severe drought for several years. A growing population, increased water...

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