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DW Germany

This prize-winning weekly radio program explores the environmental issues facing the world today. Living Planet brings you environmental news, background reports, interviews and features from our international network of correspondents.

This prize-winning weekly radio program explores the environmental issues facing the world today. Living Planet brings you environmental news, background reports, interviews and features from our international network of correspondents.
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Location:

Bonn, Germany

Networks:

DW Germany

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This prize-winning weekly radio program explores the environmental issues facing the world today. Living Planet brings you environmental news, background reports, interviews and features from our international network of correspondents.

Language:

English


Episodes

Living Planet: Earth, wind and fire

9/20/2018
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Preventing mining pollution in Brazil, wind power finally taking off in Lebanon, and harvesting water from volcanic steam in Kenya. We take a look at development, progress and innovation by looking closer at the elements.

Duration:00:29:54

Living Planet: The people protecting the planet

9/13/2018
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On this week's show, we join treetop activists in Germany's Hambach Forest as they fight to save the land from being mined for brown coal, we venture into the woods of Bavaria with volunteers helping to keep Germany's green lung healthy and we discover how residents in the UK have kept fracking at bay. Plus, we visit a group of students in Uganda who are using plants as natural pesticides.

Duration:00:29:55

Living Planet: Down on the farm

9/6/2018
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People who grow our food face challenges around the world. We take a tour, from organic farms in Brexit Britain to cattle ranches in the KwaZulu Natal, via Senegal's nascent chemical-free farming movement and a mental-health crisis among farmers in rural France.

Duration:00:29:55

Living Planet: Plastic planet?

8/30/2018
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We are drowning in plastic! It pollutes our oceans, beaches, rivers and forests. Let's talk solutions. We meet "trash heroes" in Indonesia's Bali who are trying to do away with plastic. The East African country of Kenya was so fed up with its plastic waste, it imposed a ban on plastic bags one year ago. We check in to see how they are faring. And we have more on bioplastics.

Duration:00:29:55

Living Planet: The pesticide cycle

8/23/2018
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Thanks to the invention of pesticides, fresh foods can be imported from every corner of the world, available everywhere at anytime. But this comes at a price: Overuse of pesticides in agriculture can seriously damage our environment — and our health.

Duration:00:29:54

Living Planet: Being a great ape

8/16/2018
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Apes are humans' closest relatives, but these creatures are increasingly endangered. From Asia to Africa, human activity threatens their existence. But not all hope is lost.

Duration:00:29:55

Living Planet: Water, H2O, source of life

8/9/2018
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Without water, there is no life. Water conservationist Rajendra Singh is bringing dead streams back to life in India. Thousands of dead fish have turned up in the Rhine River in Switzerland — fish are vulnerable to high temperatures as their environment heats up. And, an entrepreneur wants to drag icebergs all the way to South Africa!

Duration:00:29:55

Living Planet: How much is too much?

8/2/2018
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Just how many visitors are too many? The Greek island of Santorini struggles with tourism numbers it can't handle. How long until rising sea levels have completely destroyed Kenya's historic sites along its coast? And how hot is too hot? Glaciers in New Zealand have receded so much it's actually become too dangerous to hike all the way to the top.

Duration:00:29:55

Living Planet: Drought grips farmers

7/26/2018
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It's hot out there. The heat wave sweeping across the northern hemisphere this week has farmers worried, especially where the high temperatures are combined with drought. We look at how farmers around the world are protecting their livestock and crops as the global temperature creeps ever higher.

Duration:00:29:55

Living Planet: Disgusting creatures

7/19/2018
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Tarantulas, scorpions and cockroaches are not appealing — but they are important! Eels in Canada are being chopped up by dams — but they don't get the attention they deserve because they aren't cute like pandas. Poisonous scorpions are more important for our ecosystem than you may have thought. And a taste for tarantula in Cambodia has decimated their numbers.

Duration:00:29:55

Living Planet: Strokes of genius

7/12/2018
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When it comes to protecting the environment, sometimes the most unusual ideas are the best ones. From using donkey dung to help save an endangered bat to brewing beer out of old bread, we examine some of the strange and innovative ways people are helping save the planet.

Duration:00:29:54

Living Planet: Animals, to cuddle or kill?

7/5/2018
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Shoot to kill or live and let live? We're not always kind to animals, unless perhaps they're in a zoo. We'll get up close and personal with a zebra finch and find out why Germans really love their bears.

Duration:00:29:55

Living Planet: 'Sisters are doin' it!'

6/28/2018
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Women in Saudi Arabia made the headlines this week. They are now allowed to drive, thanks not least to the campaigning by some bold women. In this week's episode, we'll meet some other bold women: Abu Dhabi's first female falconer, an Indian activist fighting plastic pollution, an Italian investigative journalist uncovering a mozzarella scandal and a Canadian diver exploring underwater mysteries.

Duration:00:29:55

Living Planet: Insects and us

6/21/2018
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Most people think of insects as pests to get rid of — but our survival may be intimately tied to them. The problem is: Insects are in decline. Find out how the Berlin Philharmonic is drawing attention to the issue, why insects don't live at the seaside, and what makes bugs so important in the first place.

Duration:00:29:55

Living Planet: The new gold rush

6/14/2018
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We live on a planet of finite resources but our demand for new consumer products and technologies keeps growing. That's driving a race to extract materials from ever-more remote corners of the Earth – and beyond.

Duration:00:29:55

Living Planet: Building eco-metropolises

6/7/2018
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Ever more people in the world are living in urban areas. But how can we make our cities sustainable? From the dangers of air pollution to shrinking natural spaces and our carbon footprint in cities — it's high time for action.

Duration:00:29:55

Living Planet: Africa's resource wars

5/31/2018
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Fertile land in Nigeria is being eaten up drought, fueling conflict between herdsmen who need what's left to graze their animals and farmers who need it for their crops. Meanwhile in East Africa, tensions are rising over who controls the waters of the Nile.

Duration:00:29:55

Living Planet: Spring cleaning

5/24/2018
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It's time for a bit of spring cleaning, whether it's your summer wardrobe, the local beach – or even the air we breathe! From the heart of Europe to China – we're cleaning up our act.

Duration:00:29:54

Living Planet: Batty about biodiversity

5/17/2018
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There’s bat appreciation day, international day for biodiversity and the day of endangered species – we’re great at naming days after our animals, but is it enough? Are we treating our biodiversity wisely, or failing them badly?

Duration:00:29:55

Living Planet: Journeys to Africa

5/10/2018
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This week, three stories from the African continent: In Rwanda, we explore the mountain gorilla's complex relationship with its human neighbors; in Kenya, we uncover the ugly side of the flower industry; and in the Congo Basin, we find out about how the world's second-largest tropical forest is under threat.

Duration:00:29:53