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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.

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English


Episodes

Fuel on the fire

5/26/2022
We unpack the science of climate attribution, as scientists find South Asia’s extreme heatwave was made significantly more likely by climate change. In India, we hear how the record temperatures are inflaming the country's waste problem — literally. And, how transforming transport in Kenya could help the country cut emissions fast.

Duration:00:30:04

Toxic: Coal ash, pesticides & politics

5/19/2022
Australians are heading to the polls in what many see as a last-chance climate election, as the fossil-fuel-friendly country reels from years of extreme weather worsened by climate change. In India, a lesser-known consequence of burning coal is hurting people and ecosystems. And in Uganda, farmers are finding the chemicals they're putting on their crops are far more dangerous than they thought.

Duration:00:30:01

Mysteries of the seas — humpback whale calls, turtle police & warming oceans

5/12/2022
In today's episode, we dive underwater to visit creatures great and very, very small. Some of them are vocal, some are vital for the air we breathe and, sadly, many of them are threatened. How can we better protect life in the oceans? Plus — the environmental toll of your monthly bleed, and how menstrual products tell the story of the modern world, from capitalism to patriarchy to pollution.

Duration:00:30:02

Russian nuclear rods, refugees relying on recycling jobs, and what's a dome school?

5/5/2022
On Living Planet today – European countries have been scrambling to find new energy sources to reduce their dependence on Russia, but some countries still need Russian exports, and not just for oil and gas. In India's thickly polluted capital, engineers are building special schools so that students can focus on their studies. And we tag along with refugees doing the work of recycling in Turkey.

Duration:00:30:06

Unpunished ocean pollution, searching for 'Lithium Valley' & when hydrogen dries up

4/28/2022
We reveal an environmental crime that is contaminating the world's oceans and going largely undetected. We also hear about California's bid to turn an environmental disaster zone into a lithium goldmine. Plus, how extreme drought is thwarting Morocco's plans to become a pioneer of green energy.

Duration:00:30:06

Nature's inspiration: Citizen science in the Gambia, preserving giraffes in Namibia and creating music from the natural world

4/21/2022
Where do nature and art meet? From the vast majesty of the Antarctic to the neat symmetry of a beehive, environmentally-minded artists find inspiration in the sounds of the natural world. And from the Gambia to Namibia, outreach programs show the importance of citizens and scientists working together to conserve some of Africa's most iconic plants and animals.

Duration:00:30:06

Climate misinformation: How do we tackle it?

4/14/2022
In this special episode, three experts on climate disinformation discuss how factually inaccurate and misleading information travels around the web. Climate journalist Stella Levantesi, communication researcher John Cook and Wikimedia strategist Alex Stinson join Living Planet host Sam Baker for an engaging round-table discussion, which originally was broadcast as a live discussion.

Duration:00:30:00

Cleaning up crabbing, gold mining in a national park & the latest climate science

4/7/2022
This week on Living Planet — a unique approach to dealing with illegal gold mining in Mozambique, how Indigenous crabbers in the Pacific Northwest of the US are greening their fishing fleet, and what you need to know from the latest IPCC report on climate change.

Duration:00:30:02

Food waste laws, a conversation with Luisa Neubauer & Costa Rica running dry

3/31/2022
Today on the program, we speak with Fridays for Future activist Luisa Neubauer, who reflects on four years in a movement for climate action. California has a new law targeting food wasters, but it's not without a few hurdles. And why is tropical Costa Rica facing water shortages?

Duration:00:30:05

Out There: The Right to Complain (special episode)

3/24/2022
This week, Living Planet brings you another podcast we think you'll enjoy: Out There. When we move from one place to another, sometimes our standards and perceptions of the environment around us can change. Our baselines shift. In this story of air pollution, one journalist finds that comparing himself to others isn't always helpful.

Duration:00:30:05

Scotch whisky, drinking seawater & the 'green Bitcoin' wave

3/17/2022
As the climate heats up, we hear about the dry future predicted for one of Scotland's best known exports. We travel to East Africa, where Somalians — desperate for climate aid — are taking the salt out of seawater to solve worrisome water shortages. We also ask how — indeed, if — clean Bitcoin could fix the currency's carbon footprint, and learn how to zap the methane out of cow dung.

Duration:00:30:03

Megafloods in Australia, cutting off Russian gas & ethical slaughter

3/10/2022
We ask a climate economist if Putin’s war in Ukraine could see the world fast-track a switch to renewables. From the Southern Hemisphere, we hear about the record-breaking "megafloods" devastating Australia's east coast and the twin threat of flooding and rising sea levels engulfing Indonesia. Plus, the Italian farm that wants to save its animals from setting hoof in the slaughterhouse.

Duration:00:30:01

Is it already too late?

3/3/2022
In a week of landmark environmental announcements, we ask: is it too late to halt the climate crisis? We also hear about plastic recycling in Nairobi, as a groundbreaking UN resolution is passed in that same city that could ban global plastic production. Plus, the slimy, green future of plant-based protein.

Duration:00:30:03

Climate change's encroaching toll

2/24/2022
Climate change can seem far away from our daily lives. But behind headlines about melting ice sheets, devastating droughts and the collision of wildlife and agriculture are ordinary people. This week we meet the Indian farmers, the Greenlandic sled dog owners and the average South Africans facing mental health struggles who are all living with the effects of climate change.

Duration:00:30:06

Climate catastrophes facing India, positive tipping points and our right to repair

2/17/2022
We get a sobering breakdown on the extreme weather events facing most Indians amid the unfolding climate crisis. A climate scientist tells us what "positive tipping points" are and how understanding them can help us get out of this mess. Plus, what's going on with France's new electronics right to repair regulations?

Duration:00:30:02

The nitty-gritty of nuclear, illegally traded house plants & Congo's peatland potential

2/10/2022
This week, we tackle a few thorny subjects. In South Africa, we look at poaching – not of animals, but of plants! Plants that could be sitting on your windowsill right now. We also take up the divisive topic of nuclear energy. And why protecting forests in the Democratic Republic of Congo is so crucial.

Duration:00:30:07

Saving the Winter Olympics & forever chemicals inside us all

2/3/2022
This week on Living Planet, we take a look at harmful chemicals that stay in our bodies, forever. Where do they come from and what risks do they pose? And we ask what the future holds, for athletes and winter sport enthusiasts, as the 2022 Olympic Games open in Beijing, China.

Duration:00:30:06

Mount Kilimanjaro: 'Eternal ice' no more?

1/27/2022
The highest peak on the African continent has inspired locals and travelers alike over the centuries. But climate change is melting its ice cap and impacting those whose livelihoods are tied to it – from tour guides who regularly climb the 5,895 meter dormant volcano to Maasai farmers who live around its base.

Duration:00:30:06

Vulture cuisine, Ugandan super bananas and a city designed for rain

1/20/2022
How a vulture restaurant is helping bring the bird back from the brink in Nepal. The quest to make a "super breed" of the beloved Ugandan banana so it can withstand the pests and diseases that farmers have fought for decades. And how the residents of Gothenburg in Sweden are redesigning their city to make it the best in the world when it's raining — which is pretty often.

Duration:00:30:00

Bitcoin's carbon footprint, South Africa and Europe's energy transitions

1/13/2022
The cryptocurrency Bitcoin consumes a huge amount of energy. We take a look at why this is and what can be done about it. And how do lawmakers ensure a green energy transition actually reduces fossil fuel use? South Africa is planning to move away from its reliance on coal, but plans are afoot to extract natural gas from the ocean. In the EU, new regulations make exceptions for nuclear and gas.

Duration:00:30:03