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'The End of German Stability'

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'Bad news for Merkel is bad news for Europe'

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Zimbabwean MPs set to start impeachment proceedings against Mugabe

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Manson: Murder, mythology and mistaken identity

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Turkish adviser warns US forces may stay in Syria

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Has Merkel still got it? German chancellor weakened as coalition talks collapse

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DOWN TO EARTH

We meet the people behind fascinating environmental, health and technological innovations in a bid for sustainable solutions to our changing world. Saturday at 7.20 pm. Or you can catch it online from Friday.

Latest update : 2014-06-12

Biomimicry: Hacking nature

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

This week Down to Earth explores how biologically-inspired engineering is changing the way we innovate.

From aircraft manufacturing to reproducing synthetic spider silk, research and development laboratories are turning to nature for solutions. 

Proponents say the best recipes for innovation already exist and we just need to look around us.

 
Credits:

Jean-Michel Niester, Ouest-France

Paul Hodge Productions  

Sustainable Minute: Solepower, the power of walking!

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

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2017-11-17 Fishing

The tiny parasite threatening your salmon sushi

Marine parasites known as sea lice are threatening the world's salmon supply. Today we eat three times more of the high-protein fish than in the 1980s, but the proliferation of...

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2017-11-02 nuclear power

A nuclear waste dump for eternity

France has found a €25 billion solution to the unanswerable question of what to do with its high-level nuclear waste - bury it deep underground.

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2017-10-19 China

Is China exporting its pollution?

China may be the world's champion of renewable energy, but its actions abroad are not always in line with a country truly committed to fighting climate change. With the United...

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2017-10-06 terrorism

Is a bioterrorist attack possible?

The threat of a biological terrorist attack is now longer merely science fiction. From anthrax to smallpox and Ebola, scientists worry terrorists could turn biological agents...

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2017-09-19 Brazil

Amazon rainforest pays heavy price for Brazil's political crisis

After promising signs that Brazil's Amazon was recovering from a devastating period of deforestation, alarm bells have been set off again. The number of hectares of felled forest...

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