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Paris Live, Thursday 27 February 2020

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French President Emmanuel Macron meets staff at the Pitié-Salpetrière hospital in Paris, 27 February 2020
French President Emmanuel Macron meets staff at the Pitié-Salpetrière hospital in Paris, 27 February 2020 Bureau/Pool via REUTERS

In today's edition of Paris Live, we open with a look at how the coronavirus is spreading across the globe with now more than 40 countries affected.France has recorded its first death and 18 cases of infection and the President Emmanuel Macron declared that the country will do everything in its power to deal with what he describes as an epidemic. 

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Elsewhere, in Spain, the Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez hosted Catalan leaders to try and defuse a crisis over the region's separatist push.The participants agree to disagree for the time being, but will continue to gather each month to dicuss what they call a "political conflict".

We choose to focus on a number of environmental stories today, one being in Kenya, where ecologists are opposed to the construction of a coal-burning electricity generation facility in the coastal region of Lamu County.

We also hear about what is described as the "Norwegian Paradox". The country has built its wealth from the profitable oil and gas industries, but at the same carved out a place for itself as a pioneer of green energy. Critics say they can't have it both ways and its time to wean themselves off dependency on fossil fuels.

Meanwhile, we feature a special interview with Laurent Richard, journalist and producer and founder of the NGO Forbidden Stories. In his new documentary Green Blood, Richard and his partners expose the global pattern of harassment and intimidation facing journalists who try and report on environmental issues.

And, there's a focus on the scientific discovery called Carbon 14. Eighty years ago on this day, two American scientists Martin Kamen and Sam Ruben identified the  naturally occurring isotope of carbon that has revolutionised science.

In this report, French scientists tell us how Carbon 14 helps us to determine the age of artefacts, from bones to plants, in fact anything that is up to 50,000 years old.

 

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