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Latest update : 2017-06-09

Could Mars be our Planet B?

As humans continue to ravage Earth, is it time to consider other planets as an alternative home? NASA and a host of private organisations - including Elon Musk's SpaceX - are in the race to send people to the red planet, with the earliest projections earmarked for within the next decade. But if we successfully land on Mars, how long could we live there?

Lucie Poulet, a French researcher who spent six months surviving in Mars-like conditions on a remote volcano in Hawaii, says the idea of living on Mars remains pure science fiction for the moment. She believes we would be wiser to use space exploration to make our lives more sustainable on Earth.

By Mairead DUNDAS , Marina BERTSCH , Juliette LACHARNAY , Mégane VERDIER

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2017-06-09 Mars

Could Mars be our Planet B?

As humans continue to ravage Earth, is it time to consider other planets as an alternative home? NASA and a host of private organisations - including Elon Musk's SpaceX - are in...

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2017-05-26 Donald Trump

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

It doesn't really matter whether US President Donald Trump pulls his country out of the world's first binding agreement on climate change. All of his actions since taking office...

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2017-05-09 France

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...

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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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