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Sobel Aziz Ngom: Mentoring the next generation of African leaders and entrepreneurs

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Uganda's Bobi Wine returns home

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Brexit plan panned by EU leaders

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Europe's biggest port gears up for Brexit

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EU's mounting challenges: European unity faces test over migration

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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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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 : 2017-06-23

Who benefits when the ice caps melt?

The Arctic and Antarctica are warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet, with the amount of sea ice lost equal to the size of Mexico (when we compare what we have today to previous averages). The consequences are devastating, ranging from rising sea levels to endangering local ecosystems.

But as the polar ice caps melt, they also make it easier to extract a raft of resources, including gold, silver and copper, as well as oil and coal. They’re our newest frontiers and money-hungry industries are itching to get their hands on them.

This week Down to Earth explores whether it’s possible to exploit the North and South Poles without damaging them. Even if it is feasible, should it be pursued?

By Marina BERTSCH , Mégane VERDIER , Shona BHATTACHARYYA

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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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