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Cameroon's Paul Biya wins 7th term in poll marred by low turnout

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#THE 51%

The Gender Divide: Record number of women running in US midterms

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THE DEBATE

The Nativist: Trump warns of migrant 'emergency' ahead of midterms

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Prominent Iraqi women in danger

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Music show: SLAP!, Boy George and Culture Club, plus Nao

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TALKING EUROPE

'EU parliament vote will determine heart and soul of Europe for years to come'

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TALKING EUROPE

Have your fish and eat it: Can British fishing fleets net a Brexit bonus?

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'Must never happen again': Australia apologises to victims of state sex abuse

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BUSINESS DAILY

Italy determined to stick to budget plan despite EU warnings

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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 : 2017-04-14

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 Juliette LACHARNAY , Marina BERTSCH , Mégane VERDIER , Shona BHATTACHARYYA

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2018-10-12 DOWN TO EARTH

Can citizen action stop climate change?

When it comes to the environment, a growing number of citizens are taking matters into their own hands. Whether it's becoming a vegetarian, cycling to work or buying groceries in...

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2018-09-28 DOWN TO EARTH

Balkan dam boom: Saving the Blue Heart of Europe

Nearly 3,000 hydropower projects are planned across the Balkan Peninsula, threatening some of Europe’s most pristine ecosystems. This region is nicknamed the "Blue Heart of...

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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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