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Short-format, original reports from the environment podcast Living Planet - released every Thursday by Deutsche Welle, Germany's international broadcaster. We bring you stories on eco problems and their solutions from around the world - visit dw.com/environment for more.

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Short-format, original reports from the environment podcast Living Planet - released every Thursday by Deutsche Welle, Germany's international broadcaster. We bring you stories on eco problems and their solutions from around the world - visit dw.com/environment for more.
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2019-09-15 19:49
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2019-09-12 14:00
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12.09.2019

Living Planet: A chance for seals and sea otters

Some young animals get more than half a chance, although they find themselves stranded on beaches around the world, separated from their moms. Every year, orphaned seals or sea otters end up on their own — injured, weak and scared. Experts help them re...
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle author
12.09.2019

Living Planet: 'Given Half a Chance'

Edward Davey is the author of a book entitled "Given Half a Chance — Ten Ways to Save the World." He says there are plenty of reasons for "qualified optimism," even against the background of unprecedented climate events. Are his ten ways to "save the w...
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle author
12.09.2019

Living Planet: Plastic-free supermarkets?

Plastic waste is one of the main obstacles to be tackled in the struggle to save the planet. In the UK some supermarkets are trying to reduce the pile by offering a selection of their products without any plastic packaging. So how much plastic does res...
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle author
12.09.2019

Living Planet: An app to reduce Lebanon's waste

In Lebanon, most waste plastic ends up where it doesn't belong: in rivers, on the beach, on the streets, in the forest. George Bitar was frustrated with the situation — so he invented an app: just a few clicks and someone will come by to pick up and di...
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle author
5.09.2019

Burning Amazon 'at odds with what we should be doing'

To unpack the ecological implications of what fires in the Amazon mean for countries in South America, and for the world, DW spoke with Quentin Lejeune, a climate scientist with the organization Climate Analytics.
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5.09.2019

Climate insurance takes hold in Uganda

While many try to stop or fix our changing environmental realities, others are looking for ways to better plan for a changing climate. For farmers around the world who have to rely on their crops each year for income, climate insurance may be a lifesav...
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle author
5.09.2019

Bolivia is burning too

Stretching across the northern half of South America, the Amazon isn't just contained to Brazil, and neither are its ongoing fires. According to official numbers, fires have burned more than one million hectares of dry forest and farmland across the bo...
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle author
5.09.2019

Gardening in times of climate change

Recent droughts and heatwaves in Europe have proved difficult for gardeners and farmers on the continent. So how do people in Spain — with its very dry climate — manage to maintain thriving gardens? Here's what some gardeners in Madrid are doing to adj...
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle author
15.08.2019

Making music from plastic waste

As harmful as plastic is, many of us have a hard time eliminating it from our lives completely. Experimental electronic music duo Matmos decided to use this troubling fact as inspiration for their latest album, Plastic Anniversary, which samples sounds...
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle author
15.08.2019

The sound of plants

If you live in a big city you might be constantly bombarded by very unnatural sounds. What if there was another way to weave the noise of nature into our everyday lives? Berlin-based electronic music composer Anita Wenglorz has created a soundscape for...
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle author
15.08.2019

Monitoring Colombia’s rich biodiversity in sound

Just outside of Bogota in Colombia, scientists have amassed a collection of over 20,000 animal sounds that are being used to study everything from climate change to deforestation and urbanization. Environmental sound study has largely been overlooked b...
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8.08.2019

Brazil's indigenous women defend their forest

Since Jair Bolsonaro took office at the start of 2019, deforestation in the Amazon has jumped by 67%. Not far from the edge of the world's largest tropical rainforest sits the Xingu indigenous territory, home to immense biodiversity thanks to its well-...
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle author
8.08.2019

Living Planet: 'We need to be optimizing'

The IPCC's report on land use and climate change adds another perspective, or piece of the puzzle, to understanding what humans are doing to the planet and how we might be able to limit our damage to the Earth. Barron Josef Orr is a lead scientist for ...
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle author
8.08.2019

Are trees the answer to climate change?

Researchers at the Crowther Lab at ETH Zurich have found that planting trees is one of the best ways to fight climate change. For a study they published earlier this summer, the researchers mapped out all the available land in the world where trees cou...
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle author
8.08.2019

'It's never been a better time for solutions'

The IPCC just released a landmark report on the connection between how we use land and how we are changing the climate. Koko Warner studies impacts, vulnerability, and risks in her research at the UN Climate Secretariate. She is one of more than 100 ex...
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle author
8.08.2019

Not as simple as 1 trillion trees

A recent study from ETH Zürich says that planting trees is one of the best ways to sequester carbon from the atmosphere, but a number of climate experts have poked holes in the study's approach. Paul Leadley — a professor of ecology at the University o...
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle author
18.07.2019

When cruises become a nuisance

All around the Mediterranean, ports are struggling to cope with a growing number of cruise liners. In an industry unlikely to slow down anytime soon, residents concerned about cruise ships' environmental impacts are looking for different ways to get th...
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle author
18.07.2019

What we learn from the Polarstern

On a voyage from Antarctica to Bremerhaven, the Polarstern's team of scientists and students are trying to better understand why water temperatures are rising in the deep ocean. The students (all talented scientists themselves) are learning how to moni...
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle author
18.07.2019

Tides of trash

Between 1,000 and 3,000 tons of plastic are estimated to be floating in the Mediterranean Sea. While Lebanon only boasts a tiny fraction of Mediterranean coastline, the country makes a pretty significant contribution to its pollution. There have been r...
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle author
18.07.2019

Kenya's sand mining boom

East Africa's population is on the rise. It’s expected to nearly double in the next three decades, growing to 870 million. With more people, comes the need for more homes, roads, shops — essentially, more of everything. As the construction industry boo...
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle author
11.07.2019

Jane Goodall still has hope

Back in 1960, at the age of 26, Jane Goodall ventured to Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania to study chimpanzees. Her discoveries were groundbreaking and her approach to fieldwork was revolutionary. Since then, Goodall has become a tireless advocat...
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle author
11.07.2019

Brazil's Snake Island

Queimada Grande is densely populated by poisonous snakes. People are strictly forbidden from visiting the 'Snake Island' off the Brazilian coast. Reports that there is at least one snake per square meter on the small island may be greatly exaggerated. ...
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle author
11.07.2019

Stopping pangolin smuggling

Worldwide, 7000 species suffer from wildlife trafficking. One species threatened with extinction is the pangolin — a shy, nocturnal creature found in Africa and parts of Asia. Resembling an armored anteater, pangolins are ruthlessly hunted for their sc...
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle author
11.07.2019

When nutria takeover

What happens when an animal is introduced to a new area and then wreaks havoc on the local landscape? The furry critters known as nutria are not native in Germany or in the US. But nutria were once a major source of fur in both countries. Now, they’re ...
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle author
4.07.2019

Living Planet: Nicaragua's harsher climate

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization estimates the Dry Corridor is experiencing one of the worst droughts in the last ten years, with over 3.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. In Nicaragua, farmers are now learning to adapt to t...
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle author
4.07.2019

Living Planet: Cooling buildings with wastewater

Soaring temperatures, but no air con? How about using thermal energy from wastewater? DW speaks to energy expert Nick Meeten, Director of Applied Energy based in New Zealand at the Resilient Cities conference in Bonn, Germany, organized by Local Govern...
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle author
4.07.2019

Living Planet: Goats to the rescue!

Some two years ago, Portugal battled two massive forest fires. Over 60 people died in the flames and at least 200 more were injured. Portugal said "never again" and stepped up fire prevention — slapping on huge fines for those who don't look after the ...
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle author
4.07.2019

Living Planet: Paris' underground cooling system

A vast network of pipes beneath the streets of Paris provides cooling to office buildings, department stores and even the famous Louvre! Sabine Wachs went to check it out, and her report is presented by Ineke Mules.
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle author
27.06.2019

The turtle man

Tomas Diagne has spent the past 25 years working to protect not only turtles, but their cousins the terrapin and the tortoise, which are collectively known as chelonians. His home in Senegal doubles as the African Chelonian Institute. Here they researc...
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle author
27.06.2019

German waste in Turkey pollutes the Mediterranean

220 kilos — that’s how much packaging waste a German citizen produces each year according to the German Environment Ministry. It's more than the European average, which is 167 kilos per person. Increasing amounts of German waste are being exported to T...
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle author
27.06.2019

A deep sea paradise under threat

It takes a certain kind of species to not only survive, but thrive in the dark, thousands of meters below the surface of the water. At hot-water vents around the world, creatures live off the chemical energy that flows from underground volcanic activit...
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle author
6.06.2019

Indian women start their own business to save mangroves

In India, fishermen's wives are successfully challenging age-old traditions of patriarchy and gender stereotypes. Instead of waiting for their husbands to bring home fish, they've taken the oars into their own hands. They've become tourist guides and m...
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle author
6.06.2019

Hearing the secret songs of insects

Crickets and cicadas are known for their summer songs, but it turns out other insects are playing whole symphonies that humans can't hear. In the United States, a biologist and an artist have teamed up to record, amplify and make music with the secret ...
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle author
6.06.2019

How green and efficient is a local currency?

The Bristol Pound, launched back in 2012, has become the UK's largest local currency. It was thought up by members of the local Green Party, worried about the proliferation of chain stores in their city. The idea was to promote community life and small...
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle author
30.05.2019

Fishing for Sardines in Portugal

No fresh sardines caught off the Atlantic coast are sold between October and May in the markets of the Portuguese capital, Lisbon. As another no-catch period ends, we look at why this beloved fish is at the center of a dispute between fishermen, scient...
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30.05.2019

Toxic pesticides on Hazelnut farms in Chile

Hazelnuts are found in chocolate around the world and have largely been cultivated in Turkey, but the chocolate producer Ferrero has been buying more and more hazelnuts from Chile, a country that is repeatedly criticized for the uncontrolled use of tox...
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle author
30.05.2019

Baobab - Africa's superfood

The baobab is perhaps the most striking tree in Africa, nicknamed the 'upside down tree' with thick trunks and lofty heights. These giant trees are endangered though, as local farmers believe them to be useless and chop them down. but its fruit is rich...
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle author
23.05.2019

Reducing emissions by empowering women and girls

While we know what climate change is and the challenges it poses, what are the most effective solutions to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions? The organization Project Drawdown mapped out various solutions based on technologies and practices that we...
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle author
23.05.2019

Dying to be green

A small, but growing percentage of eco-minded folks are now considering the environmental impacts their body will have after they die. From green burials to alkaline hydrolysis, what are the options for a greener afterlife?
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle author
23.05.2019

Why population matters

If our human population is such a big factor when it comes to CO2 emissions, why aren't more people talking about it? One advocacy group in the UK called Population Matters is doing just that. DW spoke with their director, Robin Maynard.
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle author
16.05.2019

Migratory birds in Dakar

In Senegal, after more than 230 bird species were identified, the government couldn't ignore the importance of the wetlands any longer and recently turned it into an urban nature reserve, all because of migrating birds..
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle author
16.05.2019

Mina Guli - Running for water

In February, Mina Guli completed 100 marathons in 100 days to draw attention to the shortage and wasting of water. Since 2016, she's done similar campaigns every year - and she doesn't even like running. If that isn’t enough, she also founded a non-pro...
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle author
16.05.2019

Nightingales in Berlin

In Berlin, Nightingales have made an unlikely choice to migrate back to. Making their new home in the city's Tiergarten park. Despite loud noise drowning out their songs, they're still out looking for a mate, before heading back to Africa in the summer...
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle author
16.05.2019

Flamingo chicks rescued in South Africa

Kamfers Dam, near Kimberley, is the only breeding area in South Africa for the shimmering flocks of pink birds, but after the dam dried out, more than 2000 eggs abandoned in scorching heat as the parents flew away to find food. Since then, an operation...
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle author
9.05.2019

Per Espen Stoknes on climate inaction

There's no shortage of information to justify drastic cuts in carbon emissions and a rapid worldwide transformation of our way of life. So why is humankind just not getting to grips with climate change? Economist and an environmental psychologist Per E...
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle author
9.05.2019

Music, nature spur climate action

Two academics at the University of Virginia in the US are aiming to draw people into the climate debate — but not with statistics, graphs and charts. Instead, they're using music and the sounds of nature, something known as ecoacoustics, to appeal dire...
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle author
9.05.2019

What sparked the student climate strikes?

Inspired by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, millions of students and young people — and their supporters — have launched climate strikes around the world. They've called for an end to fossil fuels and immediate action to reach the 2015 Paris climate a...
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle author
18.04.2019

Illegal landfills in Paris

It’s no secret that much of our waste ends up in landfill. In Paris, a combination of factors, including building contractors not being careful with how they dispose of waste, have caused illegal landfills to appear all over France’s capital.
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle author
18.04.2019

Paying for environment destruction in Colombia

In Colombia, a gas firm is building a pipeline through a threatened ecosystem but is paying to protect plants and animals elsewhere. Is this compensation model a responsible way to protect nature?
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle author
18.04.2019

Disposing of E-Cigarette butts

Every year, 6 trillion cigarettes are disposed of, and plastic butts are filled with toxic chemicals, like arsenic. a single cigarette butt can pollute up to one thousand liters of water. Even if you switch to E-Cigarettes, are you really helping the e...
DW.COM | Deutsche Welle author