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Sunday 21 December  
The Earth Beat team

Earth Beat

The Earth Beat team


Article: Shell in major gas deal with Iraq

Royal Dutch Shell has received permission from the Iraqi government to work with the Japanese company Mitsubishi on gas extraction. The contract, with a value of 12.5 billion euros, is the result of years of negotiations. The deal will...

Article: 'Himalayan Viagra' starts gold rush 5,000 metres up

Nomads living in Bhutan's Himalayan ranges are cashing in on a rare type of fungus. Cordyceps sinensis only grows 5,000 metres above sea level and is extremely difficult to find.

Article: New book revives Probo Koala toxic waste controversy

The recently published book ‘The Poison Ship’ has reignited the dispute over whether or not waste dumped in Ivory Coast by the oil tanker Probo Koala was toxic. The waste was harmless according to author Jaffe Vink, and caused...

Radio Show: Off Limits

Earth Beat, 11 November 2011. We reach places that other radio shows don’t go, hopping fences and dodging the keep out signs to access the inaccessible. We explore the hardest-to-reach mine in Europe, and find out why taking what...

Article: Big business discovers water shortages: time to turn off the tap

The world is heading for a water crisis, that much is clear. Water is becoming ever scarcer yet at the same time we are using more and more of it. Now, even the multinationals have woken up to this fact and are holding talks with water...

Radio Show: 24-Hour Society

Earth Beat, 4 November 2011. As the gap between night and day gets shorter, we ask how 24-hour society affects our environment. From taxi drivers doing the graveyard shift, to globetrotting executives working through three time zones, we...

New York sea defences boosted by Dutch expertise
United States of America United States of America Article: New York sea defences boosted by Dutch expertise

Article: New York sea defences boosted by Dutch expertise

Disastrous flooding in New York? Scientists from Amsterdam’s VU University are helping the US metropolis – built for the most part on islands – to withstand rising sea levels. But they’ve swapped their Dutch know-it...

Booomers are designed to get older people moving
Netherlands Netherlands Article: Toys for the young at heart

Article: Toys for the young at heart

Why do we give up playing as we get older? Who said it was just a thing for kids? In Amsterdam, two architects and one artist have built three tools to get older people moving in a playful way, while keeping them visible and active...

Article: Suit that makes you feel 50 years older

It's easy enough to talk about being old, but it’s hard to really know what old age will feel like until it creeps up on us. Imagine if you could suddenly age 50 years.

Article: No party for 7 billionth world citizen

We joyfully announce the birth of the 7 billionth world citizen! Joyfully? The world is much too crowded now, say the prophets of doom. Are they right in seeing this milestone as a millstone around our collective necks?


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