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US President wraps up world tour in Italy (Part 2)

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Trump has already quit the Paris climate deal - just not publicly

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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 : 2017-05-12

Imagining a world without pesticides

After being used for decades by modern intensive agriculture, pesticides are now showing their limits. In southern Africa, a kind of pesticide-resistant caterpillar is destroying crops and crippling farmers. Independent researchers say pesticides could be dangerous for our planet and our health by causing cancer, modifying our genes or impacting on fertility.

French scientists have found that farmers could reduce their pesticide use by 30% and not see the difference. Others go even further by promoting organic farming, as well as new methods, such as agroecology. But could they feed the planet? We take a closer look in this new episode of Down to Earth. 

By Shona BHATTACHARYYA , Marina BERTSCH , Juliette LACHARNAY , Mégane VERDIER

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2017-05-26 Donald Trump

Trump has already quit the Paris climate deal - just not publicly

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2017-04-24 tourism

How green is ecotourism?

In the past few decades, ecotourism has become increasingly popular but still represents only a fraction of the tourist industry: just 5%, according to the UN. For many nature...

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2017-04-11 water

Desalination to secure water supplies: A problematic solution?

One out of nine people in this world still don’t have access to safe drinking water, and a global water crisis is just around the corner. To solve the problem, more and more...

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2017-03-30 Renewable energy

Using 100% renewable energies: A distant dream or the near future?

Costa Rica spent seven months producing only renewable energies in 2016. If the Central American country can do it, why can't we all? In this episode of Down to Earth we look at...

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