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Global Ideas showcases people and projects worldwide, whose innovative ideas are helping combat climate change.

Global Ideas showcases people and projects worldwide, whose innovative ideas are helping combat climate change.
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Raderbergg, Germany

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DW Germany

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Global Ideas showcases people and projects worldwide, whose innovative ideas are helping combat climate change.

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English


Episodes

Rwanda's golden monkeys in danger

3/1/2019
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Golden monkeys can only be found in the Virunga Mountains in Rwanda. As their habitat is shrinking rapidly, a company's new stove could help preserve the forests where the monkeys live.

Duration:00:01:27

Light and Darkness in Uganda

2/25/2019
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If you want to have light in rural Uganda, kerosene lamps are the method of choice. But these lamps are dangerous, unhealthy and contribute to climate change. In the last couple of year, more and more people save money to buy a solar power kit.

Duration:00:01:58

Pulque - The Drink of the Gods

2/18/2019
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For more than a millennium, Mexicans have been drinking pulque, an alcoholic beverage made from fermented agave juice. Its popularity has dropped in recent decades, but pulque seems to be making a comeback - which also has benefits for the environment.

Duration:00:01:25

Growing Cocoa: a bittersweet story

2/11/2019
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Cocoa is Ghana's main cash crop. After the Ivory Coast, the West-African country is the second largest cocoa exporter in the world. But the trees are sick.

Duration:00:01:42

Colombia: Surviving on the Rio Magdalena

2/4/2019
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Millions of people living along the Rio Magdalena are feeling the sting of climate change, as fish stocks — and the river itself — dries up. But they're taking action to preserve their unique landscape and way of life.

Duration:00:02:08

Peru: Plant your Future

1/28/2019
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For centuries, the people of the Peruvian Andes have used their forests only as a source for fire wood. Now the mountains are almost completely deforested. An annual tree-planting ceremony shall bring back the green to the Andes.

Duration:00:01:46

Zimbabwe: Protection for the African wild dog

1/21/2019
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African wild dogs are one of the most threatened carnivores in Africa. There are only a few thousand left. In Zimbabwe the Save Valley is one of the last protected areas for these animals.

Duration:00:01:53

Indonesia: The sinking capital

1/14/2019
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The Indonesian capital of Jakarta is sinking by up to 25 centimeters every year. Urban planners try to prevent the worst. But walls alone do not help against the floods. In the Tongkol settlement, people are now take action.

Duration:00:01:18

Green pumps for Jordan's water

12/21/2018
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Jordan goes to great lengths to get water to its people. In the dry country that requires a lot of power and the water still doesn't always reach its destination. New technology could be the solution.

Duration:00:01:18

Brazil: Bringing light to the Kalunga

12/17/2018
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The Kalunga live in remote settlements in the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park in Brazil. These people of African origin whose ancestors were slaves still live in poverty, usually off-grid. The NGO Litro de Luz is introducing them to solar power.

Duration:00:02:10

Initiatives for saving food in South Africa

12/17/2018
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In South Africa, one third of food is thrown away, even though there are millions in need. And although food rotting on rubbish dumps damages the climate. Now there are solutions.

Duration:00:01:43

Environmental friendly houses – new home in Moldavia

12/7/2018
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The former Soviet Republic of Moldova – one of the poorest countries in Europe – relies heavily on Russia for its energy needs. A German NGO is helping increase the country’s energy efficiency, starting with the residential sector.

Duration:00:02:03

Could soil save our climate?

12/3/2018
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Soil is second only to the ocean in the service it provides as a CO2 store. When in the ground, carbon enriches the soil and is good for the climate, but misuse of land has already led to the loss of large stores.

Duration:00:02:44

Saving Rajasthan's Camels

11/26/2018
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The Raika people have been herding camels in Rajasthan for centuries. But their traditional way of life is now under threat. A German NGO is helping Raika sustain their livelihood.

Duration:00:01:59

Philippines: Energy from the Heavens

11/19/2018
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If we want to stop climate change, we have to cut carbon emissions. That much is clear. Yet the Philippines still rely heavily on coal power plants. And the government plans on building many more. Environmentalists are trying stop that - and the Catholic church has joined the fight.

Duration:00:00:15

The Seaweed Invasion

11/12/2018
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The Caribbean coast is awash with tons of foul-smelling seaweed, causing problems for the environment and tourism. Could a protective barrier in the sea help? That's one of the solutions being proposed.

Duration:00:01:40

Hanoi takes steps to improve air quality

10/15/2018
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The air quality in Hanoi will leave you breathless, and not in a good way. Now the city is actively tackling the problem, banning scooters and motorcycles by 2030. It's also investing heavily in public transport.

Duration:00:01:13

Treating trash in the Dominican Republic

10/8/2018
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The Dominican Republic has a refuse problem. Most trash is neither sorted nor recycled. In San Cristóbal, people have already started the cleanup. And young adults are taught how to properly separate trash and to compost organic waste.

Duration:00:01:23

Saving medicinal plants in South Africa

10/1/2018
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South Arica’s Kruger Park is a heaven for animals and plants alike. But more then one million rural people live on it’s borders. This has put strong pressure onto the area’s medicinal plants. Many species are on the brink of extinction. To turn the tide, Park management is working closely with scientistos and traditional healers to find a sustainable solution.

Duration:00:01:14

A Cool Solution

9/24/2018
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This island nation in the Caribbean looks like paradise, but it's often oppressively hot. The air conditioners people usually rely on there are real climate killers. That's why engineers are now encouraging people to install green AC systems.

Duration:00:01:35