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Giant plastic ‘berg blocks Indonesian river

Image copyright David Shukman Image caption Like other developing countries, Indonesia is wrestling with an acute plastic waste problem A crisis of plastic waste in Indonesia has become so acute that the army has been called in to help. Rivers and canals are clogged with dense masses of bottles, bags …

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Europe’s Mars rover takes shape

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAirbus engineer Abbie Hutty gives a tour of the ExoMars rover test model So, here it is. Europe’s Mars rover. Or rather, a copy of it. This is what they call the Structural Thermal Model, or STM. It is one of three …

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Heathrow v Gatwick: Could the winner be… Stansted?

Image copyright Stansted Image caption The future arrives: CGI of the planned new arrivals terminal Stansted Airport has always been a bit of underdog. Nestled in the Essex countryside, 40 miles from central London, its fortunes have been tied to the low-cost airline revolution of the 90s and especially its …

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‘The largest foreign bribery case in history’

The US Department of Justice called it “the largest foreign bribery case in history”. After Brazilian multinational Odebrecht admitted guilt in a cash-for-contracts corruption scandal in 12 nations, it vowed to change its ways. But Brazil’s authorities are still wrestling with an encrypted computer system used to run the firm’s …

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Companies sign up to pledge to cut plastic pollution

Image copyright Getty Images More than 40 companies have signed up to a pact to cut plastic pollution over the next seven years. The firms, which include Coca-Cola and Asda, have promised to honour a number of pledges such as eliminating single-use packaging through better design. They have joined the …

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How one woman started a cosmetics empire at 29

Image copyright Mecca Image caption As a child Jo Horgan liked to watch when her mother put on her makeup For many women buying makeup in a department store can be an intimidating experience, and Jo Horgan was no different. The 49-year-old says that she often found it uncomfortable that …

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The veggie burger that bleeds when you cut it

Image copyright Impossible Foods Image caption It looks like meat, it even bleeds. But does it taste meaty enough to convert committed carnivores? The meat industry is a major contributor to carbon dioxide emissions and deforestation, and a huge consumer of water. But can lab-grown veggie alternatives wean us off …

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How can businesses tackle sexual harassment?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Almost half of British women and a fifth of men have been sexually harassed at work, according to a recent BBC survey “I’ve just moved house, do you want to come over and test my mattress?” Charlotte reads from a list of #MeToo moments …

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