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We travel across the globe and meet the people behind the most fascinating environmental, health and technological innovations in a bid for sustainable solutions to our changing world. Every other Sunday at 8.40 pm.

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Latest update : 2014-06-10

Japan: Robots that care

This week, Down to Earth explores Japan's efforts to embrace robots to fill the gap left by a growing shortage of manpower.It's no secret that Japan is facing a demographic crisis. Its population is aging and its birth rate is on the decline. The Japanese government admits it doesn't have enough nurses to care for the one in four people aged over 65, a ratio that will only increase in the next few decades.

 
Robots to the rescue?
 
To ease the burden on medical staff, Japanese hospitals and retirement homes have opened their doors to robots. For the moment most are being used for companionship but others are delivering medication or even helping patients to walk.
 
While Japan continues to invest tens of billions of yen into developing the most advanced robots in the world, some question whether healthcare is the most appropriate application for the technology.

 

Sustainable Minute: EcoCube, an innovative way of recycling

By Mairead DUNDAS , Marina BERTSCH , Juliette LACHARNAY , Anna-Gaëlle Brault

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2014-11-16 Mexico

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2014-10-19 carbon emissions

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Greenhouse gas emissions are rising at the fastest rate in three decades. Meteorologists warn the world is running out of time. In this episode, the Down to Earth team explores...

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2014-09-21 environment

Global warming: A drowning planet

Rising sea levels are an inevitable consequence of global warming. Scientific research indicates that sea levels worldwide have been rising at a rate of 0.14 inches (3.5...

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2014-06-22 water

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Tiny plastic particles, barely visible, are infecting the world's sea and oceans, where they're being eaten by fish and other aquatic species before making their way up the food...

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2014-06-09 technology

Biomimicry: Hacking nature

Biomimicry is the science of mimicking life. Have millions of years of evolution churned out all the answers?

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