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Latest update : 2014-05-29

South Africa's iron lady

She's been named Africa's CEO of the year and there's no sign she is going to stop there. This week we're Down to Earth with Daphne Mashile-Nkosi, the first woman to own a mine in South Africa.

A former political activist, Daphne Mashile-Nkosi has vowed to lead a new generation of mine owners with a conscience. Her first objective is to have an equal number of men and women employees at her manganese mine in the Northern Cape. At the same time, she's building social infrastructure for the surrounding community, which happens to be one of the poorest in South Africa despite the region's vast mineral wealth.

At 55 years old, Ms Mashile-Nkosi likes to cite an important difference between her slogan and that of the current US president. While Barack Obama said "Yes we can" she prefers to say "Yes we did".

 

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2014-10-19 carbon emissions

Climate therapy

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

Microplastics: The planet's tiny threat

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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2014-05-25 technology

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...

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