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17 January 2019

Episode 379

30 minutes


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How to keep New York’s subway clean, why Calgary is using beetroot brine to clear the streets of snow and the importance of going green. And a city icon: Rio de Janeiro’s street-sweepers.

17 January 2019

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Chapter 1

5 minutes


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Chapter 1

New York: subway

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New York’s subway is in the midst of its most severe cleanliness crisis since the 1970s. Henry Rees-Sheridan takes a closer look at how the city tackled the problem then – and what it’s doing now.

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Chapter 2

6 minutes


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Chapter 2

Calgary: snow

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Cleaning snow and ice from the roads is a significant challenge for Canadian cities. But rather than using salt for de-icing, Calgary is turning to beetroot brine instead.

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Chapter 3

9 minutes


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Chapter 3

Alberta: going green

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Oil and gas have fuelled Alberta’s economy for decades. But now the provincial government has created a carbon tax and put a focus on making the region greener.

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Chapter 4

7 minutes


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Chapter 4

City icon: the ‘garis’

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A look at the charm, grace and hard work of Rio de Janeiro’s famous street-sweepers.

7 minutes

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