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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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2015-07-04 environment

Environmental migrants: The neglected refugees

Rising sea levels, extreme weather and drought: climate change is already causing tens of thousands of people to migrate. But where will these displaced populations go? There is...

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2015-06-13 Paris

Smog-battling Paris aims to show way at climate summit

As host of this year’s major COP 21 climate conference, all eyes will be on Paris. But is the French capital fit for the job?

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2015-05-02 Ethiopia

Ethiopia's green renaissance

Ethiopia is already creating millionaires at the fastest rate in Africa and thanks to the largest dam on the continent, renewable energy will continue to fuel its growth.

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2015-03-15 agriculture

Agriculture: When farms turn into factories

It's time to end the myth once and for all. The farms in children's books are history. Today's agriculture is increasingly industrial and only those who adapt will survive. In...

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2015-02-15 carbon emissions

Forests worth more alive than dead

We are Down to Earth in Peru on a police patrol to La Pampa, a wasteland on the outskirts of the Amazon. In the last six years 50,000 hectares of rainforest have been obliterated...

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