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Dispatches is the British TV current affairs documentary series on Channel 4, first transmitted in 1987. The programme covers issues about British society, politics, health,religion, international current affairs and the environment, and often features a mole inside organisations under journalistic investigation.
Dispatches reveals a new vehicle emissions scandal. Going undercover, the programme investigates how British hauliers are using high-tech 'cheat' devices and computerised hacking to disable the emissions controls on their vehicles, which worsens our air quality, all to save themselves money. A former Government chief scientist has described the hauliers involved as having 'blood on their hands' as experts say the premature deaths of 23,000 people each year in the UK are linked to the types of dangerous gases produced by HGV diesel engines - gases that should be controlled by their emissions systems. Dispatches demonstrates how HGVs that have had their emissions systems modified by hauliers produce far higher levels of dangerous pollutants, by conducting the first ever scientifically controlled test to assess the impact of the 'cheat' devices on the air we all breathe.
Dispatches investigates a subsidised renewable energy industry that turns trees into fuel to keep the lights on in Britain, and in your home. But is burning wood instead of coal really an environmentally friendly answer to climate change? Reporter Antony Barnett travels to the forestlands of the south-eastern United States to find one source of this controversial 'carbon-neutral' fuel. Britain's households spend at least £500 million a year on biomass, which by 2020 will provide up to 30% of our renewable energy. But is there a wider cost to the environment? Barnett visits the biodiverse wetlands of Virginia and North Carolina where millions of tonnes of wood are harvested and processed into pellets, which are burnt in one of Britain's largest power stations.
Universal Credit is the government's big idea for the seven million people who receive benefits. But the new welfare changes have been mired in controversy, with claims that they are forcing people to use food banks and making some people homeless. Hansard reported last November that the government had announced what they called a balanced package of improvements to put more money into claimants' hands earlier. Reporter Morland Sanders speaks to people who rely on the benefit to see what difference the changes are making to their lives. And an exclusive poll of the staff employed to administer the new system reveals widespread discontent at the Department of Work and Pensions.
A Dispatches special edition from a multi-award-winning team of producer/reporter Evan Williams and director Patrick Wells. For the past five years an undercover network of Rohingya activists have been risking their lives to secretly film evidence of years of repression, violence and mass murder by the Myanmar authorities. Dispatches has been given exclusive access to hundreds of their videos and the first ever interview with the network to provide the most complete account of how ethnic tension degenerated into what some are calling state-sanctioned genocide, and ask whether Myanmar's leaders - including Nobel Prize-winning Aung San Suu Kyi - could be held accountable for the atrocities committed in Myanmar's killing fields.
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