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The Power of Rubbish

Brazil tackles its growing waste problem by turning a Sao Paolo landfill site into a source of power for the city.

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Abu Dhabi's Masdar Plan

A new skyscraper-free city in the United Arab Emirates is taking clean technology to heart.

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Energy Farmer

earthrise visits a farm in South Wales that is powered by waste.

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White Roofs

An energy conservation project is cooling New York City's roof tops with a simple paint job.

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Alternative Technology

The Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales offers a unique combination of hands-on experience and top-grade academic teaching to help bridge the skill gap needed to transfer environmental technologies to a low-carbon economy.

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The Great Green Wall

The Sahara is creeping into the verdant southern Africa. To counter desertification, the Community of Sahel-Saharan States has launched the Great Green Wall, a project to create a tree belt across the continent coast to coast through 11 countries.

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Return Of The Apes

Once a species at the brink of extinction, gorillas are making a remarkable comeback in Uganda by use tourism and clever social programmes which involve the local community, and their numbers have risen by more than 25 per cent between 2003 and 2006.

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Saving Britain's Pearl Mussels

Britain's freshwater pearl mussels, one of the longest living invertebrates known, are almost extinct due to pollution and poaching. A unique captive-breeding programme in Northumberland uses baby sea trout to play host to the pearl mussel larvae.

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Mangrove Rebirth

The Mangrove Action Project is a rehabilitation programme in one of the most scenic and remote corners of Indonesia's vast archipelago. It is working to restore some of the 70 per cent of mangrove forests that has been lost to pollution and logging.

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The Great Seed Bank

Kew's Millennium Seed Bank partnership in Sussex is the largest off-site plant conservation project in the world. Working with partners in more than 50 countries, they had by 2009 banked the seeds of 10 per cent of the planet's wild plant species.

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Local Hero: Richie Blink

Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005. Richard Blink is now trying to restore the wetlands "sponge" and native species by replanting marsh trees and grasses in the bayous before bringing Mississippi river water, silt and mud into them.

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Mainland Island

New Zealand, a South Pacific island paradise that took almost 80 million years to evolve has almost been ecologically destroyed in the last few hundred. It is a decline that started with the arrival of humans and the animals they brought with them.

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Nepal's Forest Future

While Nepal's government owned forests are being felled at record speed to satisfy demand from India, community managed forests are thriving - not only retaining their vegetation but drastically changing the lives of local people.

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Secret of Success

How one Californian vineyard is making pesticides a thing of the past and encouraging biodiversity and making better tasting wine in the process.

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Big Thinker: Polly Higgins

In most countries the environment has no legal rights. Corporate CEOs and heads of state are not bound by law personally to look after the earth and clean up any mess they make. But environmental lawyer Polly Higgins is trying to change that.

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The Isle of Eigg

The remote Scottish island of Eigg is one of the first energy self-sufficient communities in the world. earthrise meets the energy-conscious islanders and discovers that a sense of community is key to the scheme's success.

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The Big Green Apple

All across New York City roofs are turning green. In the last few years residents of the Big Apple have converted the tops of hundreds of buildings into gardens. As well as providing a retreat from city life these gardens help reduce water runoff.

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New Best Friends

Kenya's lion population has been under threat - not from big game hunters but from the country's Maasai warriors. But with fewer than 2,000 lions on the loose, an innovative new scheme is working to save the lions and financially reward the Maasai.

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Saving the Iberian Lynx

The Iberian Lynx is the most endangered cat in the world. Once common in Spain and Portugal, by 2005 there were fewer than 150 left. earthrise visits a breeding centre that lies at the heart of a programme that is stopping them dying out.

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24/7 Solar

Torresol Energy in Spain has overcome one of solar energy's biggest challenges - operating when the sun does not shine.

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Greening the Desert

For centuries the Jordan Valley was renowned for being one of the most lush and productive lands in the world. But years of over-grazing has left it arid. Now one permaculture expert is reversing this decline and turning the desert green again.

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Car Sharing

Since Karl Benz invented the modern automobile in 1885, Germans have loved their cars. But increasing numbers are turning to car sharing and now manufacturers such as BMW are responding by developing cars solely for the sharing market.

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Flush with Pride

Residents of California's Arcata City flush their toilets with pride. That is because their wastewater is purified by a pioneering system of marshes in a wildlife sanctuary, where plants and animals feed on the nutrients.

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Six Legged Meat

Methane from cattle farming is more noxious in terms of global warming than the CO2 produced by all the world's cars. A team of scientists in Netherlands is investigating the nutritional potential of insects to replace protein yielded by livestock.

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Conserving Canada's Great Bear Rainforest

An innovative land management programme has made 6.4 million hectares of Canada's Amazon off-limits to loggers.

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The Bees of Berlin

The German capital is witnessing a beekeeping revival, which is good news for the environment.

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Retrofitting London's Old Houses

Taking an old building and adding new technology to make it more environmentally friendly is gaining popularity.

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Turning Tidal

A submerged turbine is turning one of the world's fastest tidal areas into a power generator in Northern Ireland.

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Cycle City

Denmark is pushing to minimise urban pollution by trying to turn its capital into the world's best city for cycling.

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A change in the wind

Burping cows have become the comic relief of the global warming debate, but lifestock emissions are no laughing matter. Now a new diet is cutting the methane emissions of Australia's cows by 20%, the equivalent of taking 200,000 cars off the road.

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Rechargeable rides

Motorised tricycles are a national phenomenon in the Philippines, serving as the country's taxis and goods transporters. But e-tricycles could soon become the mode of transport of choice, with big benefits for the economy and the pocket.

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Veta La Palma, 'Algae-Culture' fish farm

If you were to visit Veta La Palma in southern Spain, you might think you had strayed into a nature reserve. But the 113 square kilometre estate which hosts 250 different species of bird is, in fact, a commercial fish farm - with a difference.

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