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Pollution

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11 May 2017

Episode 291

30 minutes


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We hear how Helsinki is keeping its coastline clean, ask if a high-rise could help solve Melbourne’s air and water quality problem and report from Macedonia, which has two of the top-three most-polluted cities in Europe.

11 May 2017

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

The Seabin Project

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How Helsinki has become one of the first capitals in Europe to start using seabins to keep its coastline clean.

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Chapter 2

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Macedonia’s pollution problem

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Macedonia can claim two of the top-three most-polluted cities in Europe, according to the World Health Organisation. The former Yugoslav Republic’s capital Skopje is number three – while nearby Tetovo is a reluctant number one. Why are these cities so polluted?

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Chapter 3

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Melbourne’s new green high-rise

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City residents are worried about what a busier city centre might mean for Melbourne’s air and water quality. One solution, it seems, is to mandate more green spaces. With that in a mind, the City of Melbourne has thrown its support behind a new high-rise that’s set to take the place of a notorious urban eyesore.

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Chapter 4

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Chapter 4

Special: urban crime

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What does it take to commit a crime? That’s the question Conor Woodman wanted to answer and so he spent four years talking to some of the world’s most successful criminals. His exploits are detailed in the book ‘Sharks: Investigating the Criminal Heart of the Global City’.

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