China’s Surprise Viral Hit: An Environmental Documentary.

On Saturday, Chai Jing, a former television journalist from China, released a feature-length documentary film that, unusually for China, took the government to task. Titled Under the Dome, the video featured Chai giving a presentation on stage, using both photographs and slides to examine how China’s notorious air pollution got so extreme—and why the Communist Party has failed to fix it. Jing’s interest was personal: Her daughter underwent surgery soon after her birth to remove a tumor that, Chai claims, was caused by pollution.

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Is the sun rising on an African solar revolution?

Is the sun the answer to Africa’s energy problems? Analysts believe solar power could be the world’s largest source of power by 2050.

Deep in northern Kenya, above Napuu Village, there is only the brightest of full moons to light the way.

You can hear the chatter as villagers sit around open fires but with the nearest mains power station more than 200km (124 miles) away, there is nothing else to light up the village.

Here power is a precious thing and only a few can enjoy what many take for granted.

But inside David Lodio’s small home – two rooms made of breeze blocks and mud – there is light.

His family watch television, his six children do their homework without candles. There is no need for expensive kerosene lamps – all because of a single solar panel on his tin roof.

“When we started using the solar panels, life changed in a good way,” says Mr Lodio.

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