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Every Thursday, a new episode of Living Planet brings you environment stories from around the world, digging deeper into topics that touch our lives every day. The prize-winning, weekly half-hour radio magazine and podcast is produced by Deutsche Welle, Germany's international broadcaster - visit dw.com/environment for more.

Every Thursday, a new episode of Living Planet brings you environment stories from around the world, digging deeper into topics that touch our lives every day. The prize-winning, weekly half-hour radio magazine and podcast is produced by Deutsche Welle, Germany's international broadcaster - visit dw.com/environment for more.

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Every Thursday, a new episode of Living Planet brings you environment stories from around the world, digging deeper into topics that touch our lives every day. The prize-winning, weekly half-hour radio magazine and podcast is produced by Deutsche Welle, Germany's international broadcaster - visit dw.com/environment for more.

Language:

English


Episodes

Living Planet: Exploring glacial caves, the fight over meatless lunches and Niger Delta women stand up to oil pollution

4/15/2021
This week on Living Planet, stories of how local movers and shakers deal with global problems. Glaciologists in Oregon tell us what they've learned about the climate from frozen caves, while a community in Lyon, France protests meatless school lunches. We also debate the ethics of traveling by cruise or by plane. And women from the Niger Delta share their fight for justice over oil pollution.

Duration:00:29:54

Living Planet: Now or never: The planet's biggest environmental problems — part 2

4/8/2021
From species extinction to waste, land degradation to climate change and pollution, from Kenya to Australia, India, and France, this two-part special explores some of the most urgent environmental problems facing the planet — and how they might be solved. In part two, we hear about deforestation in Kashmir, puzzling water scarcity in Kenya and attempts to reduce severe air pollution in Delhi.

Duration:00:29:55

Living Planet: Now or never: The planet's biggest environmental problems — part 1

4/1/2021
From species extinction to waste, land degradation to climate change and pollution, from Kenya to Australia, India, and France, this two-part special explores some of the most urgent environmental problems facing the planet — and how they might be solved. In part one, we hear about the struggle to save a native Tasmanian species from extinction, plus: French solutions to a sickening waste pile.

Duration:00:29:55

Living Planet: Water wars

3/25/2021
In the Global North, clean water is taken for granted — but in some places it means the difference between life and death. "Water wars" are taking place as people fight failing systems, and combat climate change, to access enough clean water for all. From Chile to South Africa, India to the Caribbean, we hear about those water conflicts that are flowing beneath the surface.

Duration:00:29:55

Living Planet: Long-suffering, indispensable trees

3/18/2021
Trees are often seen as something to be chopped down for economic gain or cleared to make way for development. But without them, scientists warn, humanity loses an important lifeline. These carbon sinks can be thought of as giant air conditioners that cool the planet — a powerful tool in mitigating climate change. From Costa Rica to Brazil, Rome to Madrid, we hear about the state of our trees.

Duration:00:29:55

Living Planet: Rethinking farming

3/11/2021
We depend on farming — and farmers — to grow the food we need to survive. Agriculture can be environmentally damaging — yet there are alternatives. From adjusting our avocado consumption, to a sustainable (and underrated) crop of the future: beans. And finally, restoring rivers to boost harvests in India.

Duration:00:29:55

Living Planet: Fossil fuel's last gasp?

3/4/2021
As more countries seek to phase in renewable energies, coal retains a firm grip in many parts of the world. In India, the picturesque state of Goa is set to become the country's new coal hub. China's plans to cut back on carbon emissions don't line up with its dependence on coal. And in London, activists can't agree on the best path to net-zero emissions.

Duration:00:29:55

Living Planet: Sustainability & the city

2/25/2021
This week on the show, we're taking a look at our cities. From our food systems to transportation and urban planning to our waste streams, we dive into the ways in which urban life can be environmentally-friendly. We also get to hear from some little critters who are taking unwelcome refuge in cities.

Duration:00:29:55

Living Planet: Big ideas

2/18/2021
As our planet faces unprecedented environmental crises, it's becoming clear that piecemeal solutions can't fix the problem. We hear about transformational change, and how we might get there. UNDP chief Achim Steiner speaks to whether it's possible to decouple progress from environmental damage, and we look at "degrowth" as an alternative. Plus, the trees of Philadelphia.

Duration:00:29:55

Living Planet: Raptors illegally hunted in Scotland, protecting vultures and cranes in Kenya, Spain's trash-gobbling storks

2/11/2021
Whether you consider yourself a birder or find the avian kind tend rather to ruffle your feathers, there's no denying birds are a critical part of the natural world. But in too many cases, birds are under threat. We visit the moors of Scotland, where eagles get illegally killed; and Kenya, where vultures and the African crane are in decline. Plus: Storks in Spain addicted to junk food.

Duration:00:29:55

Living Planet: To fly or not to fly? The truth behind carbon offsetting

2/4/2021
Is it possible to fly with a clear environmental conscience? And, if not, what is being done to make this a reality? We follow one couple's journey to find out where carbon offsetting donations from flights actually end up. We also get into the nitty-gritty of a new United Nations emissions deal for flying that has been criticized as being too weak to make a difference.

Duration:00:29:55

Living Planet: Feeding forests

1/28/2021
We find out how we can feed forests so they can sustain us. Forest defenders in Romania are standing up to the so-called "wood mafia" — and paying a high price for that. We hear about a unique method to regenerate "underground forests" in Africa's Sahel. And helping salmon in Scotland recover — by planting trees.

Duration:00:29:55

Living Planet: The ways we need water

1/21/2021
Although freshwater sustains us in so many ways, it's often taken for granted — until it's gone. Peatlands drained for palm oil plantations in Indonesia exact an ecological and human toll. Kenya's Athi River, once a prime tourist attraction, has become a stinking cesspool. And, Bhutan banks on hydropower for its clean energy development.

Duration:00:29:55

Living Planet: Out and about

1/14/2021
As rising numbers of COVID-19 infections keep us home, you may be dreaming of getting out and about. In Spain, we explore whether the coronavirus pandemic could boost ecotourism. And, lynx are hunted in Latvia, despite being protected in the EU. We join a group of hunters to investigate wildlife management in the Baltic country — and they gut an elk. Plus, Kenya's next wave — of locusts.

Duration:00:29:54

Living Planet: Greener pastures post-Brexit, invisible waste & the abuse environmentalists face online

1/7/2021
This week on the show, we hear how new measures in the UK will use English farms to address environmental problems. But not everyone is convinced that the new scheme will work. We also explore the environmental toll of our consumption, especially our digital gadgets. And we take a look at the emotional toll online activism can take on environmentalists.

Duration:00:29:55

Living Planet: Some greats from a grueling year

12/31/2020
In this year-end special, we reflect on the challenges of the pandemic and beyond. From lockdown benefitting sea turtles, to a resourceful biogas solution, to taking the time for new DIY projects like gathering your own food — we listen back to a few of the year's strongest stories about resilience in the face of adversity.

Duration:00:29:55

Living Planet: Your holiday meat

12/24/2020
On this special Christmas episode, we talk about meat. Producing that turkey, ham or roast beef has a huge environmental footprint, and most of the animals are not treated well. Living Planet is joined by On the Green Fence to discuss the meat paradox — and whether it's possible to eat animals and still have a clear conscience.

Duration:00:29:55

Living Planet: Buggin' out

12/17/2020
It's all about insects! We'll find out how the "murder hornet" could spread across the US and Europe, the ways in which climate change is challenging beekeepers in Botswana, and why scientists are racing to document populations of edible insects in South Africa.

Duration:00:29:54

Living Planet: Green politics

12/10/2020
When it comes to the environment, politics has a big role to play. This is top of mind as the Paris Agreement enters its fifth year. This week, we take a look at the rise of the Greens in Germany, as well as one country that is at top of the class when it comes to meeting their Paris commitments. We also explore the changing political environment in the United States.

Duration:00:29:55

Living Planet: Green parenting

12/3/2020
What does it mean to be a mama or papa who's thinking about the environment? We hear about how our connection to nature in childhood shapes our actions later in life, and how climate change and pollution pose special risks to pregnancy. Plus, we visit a family in Germany living a low-carbon lifestyle.

Duration:00:29:55