Whatever happened to the hole in the ozone layer? - The damage caused by chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) came to light in the 1980s when scientists discovered a huge hole in the ozone layer. Since the ban on CFCs came into effect, the ozone layer has been recovering, but only very slowly. CFCs released from aerosol cans, refrigerators and air conditioning systems continue to damage layers of the stratosphere decades after their release. Young and organized - Asylum-seekers in Europe - For many facing a bleak future in their home countries, Europe represents the continent of opportunity. Some risk their lives to get there. But rather than encountering openness, they're running into closed doors. Unable to work, they're stuck in limbo at refugee camps while they wait for their cases to be processed. After an Iranian asylum seeker committed suicide at an accommodation facility in Germany, asylum seekers organized a protest march across the country. After arriving in Berlin a few months ago, they set up camp in the middle of town. Their living conditions may be poor, but they're determined to stay put. India - Bright future for solar power - The construction of a solar energy plant at the foot of the sacred Mount Abu hill in the Indian state of Rajasthan is drawing crowds from around the country - in addition to the usual pilgrims. The project is being supported by German funding and expertise. The spiritual community there known as the Brahma Kumaris, or "daughters of Brahma", place great value on protecting the environment and are determined to provide all of their own energy in the future. Global shapers in Columbia - Every year, leading thinkers from the fields of business, politics and the media come together at the World Economic Forum to discuss major global issues. One new group to emerge from the meeting have been the "Global Shapers". They are people under 30 who are bringing change to their own countries and want to share their ideas. Among them is Daniel Burtica Cordoba from Columbia.
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Episode #524 / Length: 26 minutes