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The Future of the Book

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The Future of the Book (part 2)

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France 24’s best documentaries of 2014

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'We have to build a new Tunisia', says the president of the Tunisian Parliament

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France on alert after attacks: a case of collective hysteria?

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'Beijing needs to revaluate its policy in the Tibetan areas', says FM of the Tibetan government-in-exile

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Uruguay: freed Guantanamo detainees try to adjust to normal life

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DOWN TO EARTH

DOWN TO EARTH

Latest update : 2014-11-19

Drought emergency

After one of the driest periods in history, 2014 is on track to be the hottest since record began. How do we adapt to these extreme climate conditions which may be here to stay ?

The Down to Earth team heads to California, where 100% of the territory is in some form of drought, more than half of it deemed exceptional. In the state's prestigious Napa Valley vineyards, winemakers are turning to technology to economise the little water available. With reservoirs at all-time lows, conservationists are also in overdrive to bring already-endangered salmon back from the edge.

Further south in Mexico, similarly dry conditions are causing a divide among scientists, environmentalists and community groups. Corn is a crop particularly dear to Mexicans and the issue of whether to introduce a genetically-modified strain, better equipped for the drought, is splitting the country in two.

By Mairead DUNDAS , Marina BERTSCH

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2014-11-16 Mexico

Drought emergency

After one of the driest periods in history, 2014 is on track to be the hottest since record began. How do we adapt to these extreme climate conditions which may be here to stay ?

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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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