Home  /  Podcast Directory  /  Environment  /  Living Planet


Last update: 2013-06-27

Living Planet: Nuclear Jordan

2013-06-27 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

Jordan expands its nuclear program, French dry cleaners wash out the toxins and an ancient South African princess returns from the dead to protect a threatened wetland.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Nuclear Jordan


Living Planet: Growing a green economy

2013-06-20 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

Business leaders and sustainability experts debate economic growth in the age of climate change in Germany, while Brazilian oyster farmers cultivate a greener future.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Growing a green economy


Living Planet: Energy giants race for the north

2013-06-13 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

The oil companies come knocking in the high Arctic, a call to action from the latest United Nations climate talks and conservationists take a small Indian Ocean island back in time.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Energy giants race for the north


Living Planet: Solar wars

2013-06-06 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

A sizzling solar trade war breaks out in Europe, Argentina dumps gas and goes solar and two young Berliners try to seize control of the city's power grid.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Solar wars


Living Planet: Pig hunts and poaching parties

2013-05-30 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

Hunters in Spain revive an ancient form of pig killing, rebel groups in Africa sell ivory to China and use the money to buy weapons and DW visits the first ever global youth sustainability summit.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Pig hunts and poaching parties


Living Planet: Giving a voice to biodiversity

2013-05-23 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

To mark the UN's International Day for Biological Diversity we visit a sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica, talk about the new status awarded to dolphins in India, hear about new efforts to reforest Spain and learn about Stork ringing on the Rhine River in Germany.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Giving a voice to biodiversity


Living Planet: Shockwave! A special broadcast on energy

2013-05-16 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

Global consumption of gas, coal and oil has doubled since the 1970s - and electrical generation has nearly tripled. Global energy demand is expected to double again by 2030. This week, Living Planet looks at classic sources of power: gas, oil and nuclear.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Shockwave! A special broadcast on energy


Living Planet: Flight of the Great White Pelican

2013-05-09 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

Climate negotiators inch closer to a global pact, scientists track the Great White Pelican on its journey back to Europe and a cargo ship carries our correspondent from Brazil to Germany.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Flight of the Great White Pelican


Living Planet: Bangkok sinking

2013-05-02 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

Guatemalans accuse Canadian mining company Tahoe Resources of destroying the land, Abu Dhabi builds a massive aquaponics center and groundwater theft causes the city of Bangkok to sink.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Bangkok sinking


Living Planet: Nuclear Europe

2013-04-25 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

As the world remembers Chernobyl, Slovakia expands its nuclear program; a new climate protection plan targets cows that pass gas; and villagers in Myanmar protest against a Chinese mining project they say is polluting their lands.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Nuclear Europe


Living Planet: Desertification & food security

2013-04-18 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

Protecting the world's food supply from desertification, more rights for Kenya's women farmers means better food security, Spanish scientists ask if improving air quality will lead to fewer hospitalizations.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Desertification & food security


Living Planet: Storks shiver in Poland

2013-04-11 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

Northern Europe's long winter leaves migrating storks shivering in Poland, Spain pumps energy onto the grid from Europe's first wave-powered electricity plant and tourists tear through the dunes and mud flats of Jordan's Wadi Rum desert.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Storks shiver in Poland


Living Planet: Leopards prowl in the city

2013-04-04 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

Leopard attacks increase as India's urban areas grow, Vietnamese fishers in Lousiana leave the wild waters and turn to aquaculture, Sarajevo reclaims its green spaces, more than 2 decades after the city was destroyed by war.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Leopards prowl in the city


Living Planet: Living on lava

2013-03-28 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

A volcanic colony living above molten lava, Ethiopian beekeepers take lessons from Italian apiarists and Rwandan women turn their village on to solar power.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Living on lava


Living Planet: Roaming the forests of Cambodia and Brazil

2013-03-21 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

This week Living Planet patrols a Cambodian forest searching for illegal loggers, we swing through the trees with the Golden Lion tamarin monkey and we remember Egyptian conservationist Mindy Baha El Din, who died earlier this week.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Roaming the forests of Cambodia and Brazil


Living Planet: Poaching pangolins

2013-03-14 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

Rangers rescue scaly anteaters from poachers in the Cambodian forest, a global crackdown on the illegal wildlife trade and a new fish farm lands the Irish government in hot water.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Poaching pangolins


Living Planet: Women who smash the ice

2013-03-07 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

Climate warriors, fearless farmers and Antarctic ice smashers... Living Planet celebrates women who nurture and protect the planet.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Women who smash the ice


Living Planet: BP in court for Deepwater Horizon

2013-02-28 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

This week on Living Planet, as the civil trial against BP begins in New Orleans, we visit Louisiana to check on fishermen who say they are still affected by the 2010 oil spill. Also, we meet a group of volunteers who are repairing parks in Sarajevo still damaged by conflict, we learn about new European water regulations and we speak to an expert on the world's increasing water scarcity.…

x

Share: Living Planet: BP in court for Deepwater Horizon


Living Planet: Reviving the carbon trade

2013-02-21 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

The European Union renews its commitments to carbon trading, vegetable gardens sprout to life with the help of the World Vegetable Center and Germany’s sewage systems are copied for the processing of water around the world.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Reviving the carbon trade


Living Planet: Electric cars rev their engines

2013-02-14 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

The electric car industry revs its engines, but sales are low-velocity, Peruvians look for ways to provide clean water and Canada's First Nations demand better protection of the land.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Electric cars rev their engines


Living Planet: Paper giants protect the rainforest

2013-02-07 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

A paper company halts its bulldozers in the forests of Indonesia, Germany rejects studies that say low-frequency sound from turbines causes illness and food experts examine the ethics of foreign investment in agriculture.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Paper giants protect the rainforest


Living Planet: Wolf packs run wild

2013-01-31 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

The return of wild wolf packs divides conservationists and farmers in Germany, Dutch courts issue a mixed verdict in the Nigerian oil spill case against Shell and farmers clash with indigenous groups in Brazil.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Wolf packs run wild


Living Planet: Giant squid on camera

2013-01-24 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

Climate change tops agendas at the World Economic Forum, the legendary giant squid is captured on camera and investors make a land grab in Colombia.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Giant squid on camera


Living Planet: Hunting the Burmese python

2013-01-17 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

Hunters wade into the Florida Everglades to kill predatory pythons, the Indian city of Bhopal struggles for survival 30 years after a catastrophic industrial accident and a Scottish farmer builds a home constructed from recycled materials.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Hunting the Burmese python


Living Planet: How can we slow down global warming?

2013-01-10 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

This week, as high temperatures ravage parts of the southern hemisphere, we have a closer look at global warming. We profile a green protest movement in Buenos Aires, climate researcher Clemens Simmer is in the studio for a chat and we hear about a biomethane project in South Africa. Plus, we dive into a controversy about a whale shipment due to take place in the US.…

x

Share: Living Planet: How can we slow down global warming?


Living Planet: The Living Planet Cookbook

2013-01-03 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

This week we look at food production and the impact it has on the earth. We go from a farmer's market in Bonn, to preparing meat for traditional Muslim holidays, to struggling farmers in Fukushima. And, we look at how Brazilian restaurants are composting the extras that they don't need.…

x

Share: Living Planet: The Living Planet Cookbook


Living Planet: Looking back at 2012

2012-12-27 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

In our final broadcast of the year we look back at the most important environment stories of 2012. From saving rainforests to nuclear power to dumpster diving, this week's show has everything an environment buff could hope for. Also, don't miss our trash quiz too.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Looking back at 2012


Living Planet: Sustainable solutions

2012-12-06 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

Climate talks inspire innovation in host nation Qatar, Hurricane Sandy prompts new thinking on sustainability in New York and the spread of ash dieback triggers a trade ban in Britain.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Sustainable solutions


Living Planet: All eyes on Doha

2012-11-29 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

Andrea Rönsberg gives us an update from the climate conference in Qatar - Changing priorities in China, as the issue of air quality starts to get more importance - In northern Germany, natural gas goes up against wind power - Buenos Aires locals are angry at pollution in the Riachuelo…

x

Share: Living Planet: All eyes on Doha


Living Planet: Arab youth take action on climate change

2012-11-22 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

The Arab Youth Climate Movement wants to take the lead in Doha, illegal oil businesses flourish in Nigeria and Germans munch on local delicacies at the SlowFisch expo.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Arab youth take action on climate change


Living Planet: Drilling the Arctic for oil

2012-10-25 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

The race is on! Energy giants are looking for more ways to tap the Arctic for oil, world leaders scramble to protect biodiversity and a swarm of urban beekeepers set up hives in Berlin.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Drilling the Arctic for oil


Green houses and books

2012-10-23 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

What publishers, printers and electronics companies are doing to make the book industry more environmentally friendly, an energy efficiency house competition in Madrid and the role of fracking in the US election.…

x

Share: Green houses and books


Living Planet: Green houses and books

2012-10-18 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

We look at what book publishers, printers and electronics companies are doing to make the book industry more environmentally friendly, we head to an energy efficiency house competition in Madrid and we look at the role of fracking the US election.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Green houses and books


Flying south for the winter

2012-10-17 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

A near-death experience turns a nuclear engineer into an environmental crusader, migratory birds face tough challenges as they begin their journey south and a Polish mining town reinvents itself as a modern green city.…

x

Share: Flying south for the winter


Living Planet: Flying south for the winter

2012-10-11 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

A near death experience turns a nuclear engineer into a environmental crusader, migratory birds face tough challenges as they begin their journey south and a Polish mining town reinvents itself as a modern green city. Listen the entire show, or click on the individual reports below. Keeping Gansu GreenGansu province in western China is poor, polluted and parched. After 29-year-old Zhao Zhong survived a serious climbing accident, he decided to dedicate himself to preserving Gansu. He founded the environment protection organization, Green Camel Bell and also publicized the water pollution map to raise awareness among residents. Report by Ruth Morris A migrating bird's troubled journeyIt's getting chilly here in Europe, as the summer fades into memory and autumn winds shake the leaves from the trees. Five billion birds are in transit across the continuent - and they are suffering from population decline. Fewer birds return each year as their breeding grounds are destroyed by pesticides and urban expansion. Report by Pavel Sraj Polish mining town becomes green leaderDuring the Communist period, the coal mines of Katowice became a the heartland of Poland's heavy industry. For decades, the acrid odor of burning coal hung in the air. But there has been a great deal of change since then. New innovation and a rapidly growing green movement are turning this once-sooty town into a sustainable energy hub. Report by Jenny Hoff Biofuels policy change strands EU farmersThe European commission intends to limit crop-based biofuels to 5 percent of transport fuel. This follows a series of studies that revealed European targets to replace fossil fuels with biofuels are contributing to spikes in food prices and global hunger. DW visits Austria, where farmers are trying to figure out what to do with their fuel crops now that demands looks set to drop. Report by Kerry Skyring…

x

Share: Living Planet: Flying south for the winter


Living Planet: Flying south for the winter

2012-10-11 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

A near death experience turns a nuclear engineer into a environmental crusader, migratory birds face tough challenges as they begin their journey south and a Polish mining town reinvents itself as a modern green city.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Flying south for the winter


Living Planet: Bison, bikes and Berlin

2012-10-04 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 26s

European bison re-enter the wild for the first time in a century, autos at a standstill in Brussels as the city goes for a "car-free" day and fracking becomes an issue in the US elections.Helgoland turns to windThe German island of Heligoland (or Helgoland, as the locals call it) has invested in new wind turbines to make use of the strong gusts that the island regularly has to put up with. But as the region turns to alternative energy, the new industry is starting to affect the island's inhabitants. Report by Irene Quaile Postcard from Berlin: Merkel questioned on nuclear wasteA parliamentary investigative committee in Berlin has been questioning the German Chancellor Angela Merkel about her role in planning a permanent nuclear storage facility in Gorleben, in the state of Lower Saxony, back in the 1990s. We were at the hearing to have a look at how Merkel fared. Audio postcard by André Leslie Brussels has a car-free dayThe idea of a car-free day was first created about 15 years ago in Europe in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Thousands of cities around the world now take part - either shutting down just a few streets or their entire city centre for the day. We were there in the Belgian capital of Brussels when cars veered off the road to make way for festivities. Report by James Panichi European Bison come back from the brinkOver the past century, Europe's bison population were hunted so aggressively that they were teetering on the edge of extinction. At a new bison park in Germany visitors are invited to peer over the fences into a natural bison grazing land. A report by Brigitte Osterath, read by Pavel Sraj.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Bison, bikes and Berlin


Living Planet: Bison, bikes and Berlin

2012-10-04 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 26s

European bison re-enter the wild for the first time in a century, autos at a standstill in Brussels as the city goes for a "car-free" day and fracking becomes an issue in the US elections.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Bison, bikes and Berlin


Living Planet: Protest and prosecution

2012-09-27 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

Europe's farmers take to the streets of Brussels, Amnesty International calls on Britain to investigate a toxic waste scandal and sharks still circle the depths, but their numbers are dropping.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Protest and prosecution


Living Planet: Protest and prosecution

2012-09-27 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

Europe's farmers take to the streets of Brussels, Amnesty International calls on Britain to investigate a toxic waste scandal and sharks still circle the depths, but their numbers are dropping.EU farmers storm the streets of BrusselsFarmers and activists from across the European Union gathered in the Belgian capital earlier this month to demand a food policy that treats small farmers and the environment with more care. We followed one passionate landlover who travelled all the way from Transylvania. Documentary by Pavel Sraj Britain urged to investigate toxic waste scandalGreenpeace and Amnesty International have called for a criminal investigation into Trafigura, the multinational company behind the 2006 dumping of toxic waste in Ivory Coast. DW spoke with Audrey Gaughran, the director of the Africa department at Amnesty International and co-author of the report 'The Toxic Truth'. Interview by Saroja Coelho Migratory sharks inch closer to extinctionAlmost a fifth of the world's sharks are endangered. Shark experts gathered in Bonn this week to discuss species preservation and the continued fight against finning. A conversation with Naomi Conrad…

x

Share: Living Planet: Protest and prosecution


Living Planet: Harness the waves!

2012-09-20 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

We harness the power of the waves, an urban gardener experiments with her own urban fish farm and Japan appoints a new nuclear watchdog. You can listen to the show online or subscribe to Living Planet as a podcast. Click on the links below for the individual items. Scroll to the bottom for the full show. Harness the waves!Two thirds of the earth surface is covered in water. Scientists are trying to harness that power and create a new energy source for the world. Europe is turning its attention to Scotland, where turbulent waters offer endless potential for marine energy production. Report by Irene Quaile Urban farmer goes off the gridWe visit with Valentina Karga who has created an urban farm right in her own garden. She no longer battles her way through the crowded aisles of her local supermarket - instead, she's growing her own food and raising her own fish. Karga is a fellow at Berlin's University of the Arts and her garden is part science experiment, part art installation. Report by Gavin Blackburn Carsharing speeds aheadFewer cars on the road means less CO2 in the air - but is it practical? Does everyone who needs access to a car, have to own one? DW looks at carsharing in the German city of Karlsruhe. The city is leading the way in innovative transportation and has been named the carsharing capital of Germany. Report by Kate Hairsine…

x

Share: Living Planet: Harness the waves!


Living Planet: Harness the waves!

2012-09-20 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

We harness the power of the waves, an urban gardener experiments with her own urban fish farm and Japan appoints a new nuclear watchdog.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Harness the waves!


Living Planet: Nuclear ambitions

2012-09-06 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

Poland moves ahead with its nuclear program, Zimbabweans demand clean drinking water and Germany creates a green economy. You can listen to the show online or subscribe to Living Planet as a podcast. Click on the links below for the individual items. Scroll to the bottom for the full show. Poland's nuclear ambitionsPoland is set to build two nuclear power plants on the Baltic coast. Taoteusz Pastusiak is a reluctant activist, for whom the fight against nuclear power is highly personal. Report by Naomi Conrad Zimbabweans demand clean drinking waterThe Zimbabwean government has failed to provide proper sanitation and access to clean drinking water. But locals have decided to petition for a new agreement on basic water rights in the country. Report by Columbus Mavhunga Green economy booms in Germany?The German government has set an ambitious energy goal: to draw at least 50 per cent of its energy mix from renewable sources by 2050. There has been a lot of investment in alternative energies along with other incentives like tax breaks and loans. But is it profitable? Postcard by André Leslie Dumpster diving in BerlinEvery year, millions of tons of perfectly edible food winds up in dumps all over Germany. But a group a activists in Berlin are taking a stand against food waste. They search through garbage bins at night, looking for edible food because they are outraged that so much is being tossed away. Report by Anne Lichtenberg…

x

Share: Living Planet: Nuclear ambitions


Living Planet: Nuclear ambitions

2012-09-06 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

Poland moves ahead with its nuclear program, Zimbabweans demand clean drinking water and Germany creates a green economy.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Nuclear ambitions


Living Planet: Scorched cornfields of the US Midwest

2012-08-23 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

Drought decimates the cornfields of the midwestern United States, a call for the US to relax biofuel mandates and forest fires ravage southern Europe. You can listen to the show online or subscribe to Living Planet as a podcast. Click on the links below for the individual items. Scroll to the bottom for the full show. Drought devastates US cornfieldsWe begin in the agricultural heartland of the United States, where the worst drought in at least 50 years is shrivelling crops, baking pastures and running livestock farmers out of business. A lot of the corn goes to feed livestock - and that is where farmers are really feeling the shortage. Report by Frank Morris 'We must build resilience in domestic agriculture'Concern is growing that the drought ravaging US cornfields may trigger a global food crisis similar to the one in 2008. But David Hallam of the UN's Food and Agricultural Organization says we have learned how to survive. Interview by Saroja Coelho Forest fires devastate southern EuropeSoaring temperatures and windy conditions have triggered relentless forest fires across southern Europe. Firefighters in Spain, Bosnia and Greece are battling to get blazes under control. But, cutbacks in budgets for public services means fewer fiefighters are available. Report by Holly Cooper…

x

Share: Living Planet: Scorched cornfields of the US Midwest


Living Planet: Scorched cornfields of the US Midwest

2012-08-23 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

Drought decimates the cornfields of the midwestern United States, a call for the US to relax biofuel mandates and forest fires ravage southern Europe.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Scorched cornfields of the US Midwest


Living Planet: Israel helps India clean up the Ganges

2012-08-02 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

This week on Living Planet, Israeli water specialists try to save the Ganges, German scientists harness the power of the sun and a town in Belgium sues weather forecasters for inaccurate weather reports. You can listen to the show online or subscribe to Living Planet as a podcast. Click on the links below for the individual items. Scroll to the bottom for the full show. Israel helps India to save the Ganges riverThe Ganges is one of the world’s dirtiest rivers. Emerging from the central Himalayas, it flows through the north Indian planes. It provides water for 400 million people. Untreated sewage, agricultural runoff and industrial waste have fouled its waters for decades. But with a little help from water specialists in Israel, India may return this vital water source to health. Report by Vanessa O’Brien Artificial insemination for cowsMost dairy cows in Germany get pregnant without ever having sex. Instead, they are artificially inseminated. About 60 years ago, scientists discovered that bull’s semen could be frozen and defrosted - and that gave farmers a lot more control over the size of their herds. Report by Naomi Conrad Belgians plan to sue weather forecastersTourists eager to watch the London 2012 Olympics are getting a good old taste of British weather. Rain clouds are sweeping over other parts of northern Europe as well. But is it all that bad? The weather forecasts predict chilly, wet weather, but locals say that's just not true. In Belgium, local politicians are now threatening to sue the forecasters. Report by Teri Schultz…

x

Share: Living Planet: Israel helps India clean up the Ganges


Living Planet: Israel helps India clean up the Ganges

2012-08-02 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

This week on Living Planet, Israeli water specialists try to save the Ganges, German scientists harness the power of the sun and a town in Belgium sues weather forecasters for inaccurate weather reports.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Israel helps India clean up the Ganges


Living Planet: The corpse flower blooms

2012-07-19 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

A towering plan emits a powerful pong, Europeans race to cut energy consumption and green educators hit the road in an eco-bus.…

x

Share: Living Planet: The corpse flower blooms


Living Planet: The corpse flower blooms

2012-07-19 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

A towering plan emits a powerful pong, Europeans race to cut energy consumption and green educators hit the road in an eco-bus. You can listen to the show online or subscribe to Living Planet as a podcast. Click on the links below for the individual items. Scroll to the bottom for the full show. The corpse flower bloomsA gigantic flower bloomed in Bonn over the weekend and it's causing an incredible stink. The titan arum is renowned for its hideous smell which is a little like rotting flesh. Thousands braved the overpowering pong for a glimpse of the plant's beautiful blossom. Report by Shant Shahrigian Aquaponics for food productionA growing army of kitchen gardeners are creating self-contained sustainable ecosystems capable of food production. We visit a water-based planting and fish cultivation center, which has been built right inside an old shipping container. Report by Cinnamon Nippard Rolling classroom gets students thinking greenFor four years, a group of German educators have been rolling through southern Germany in a mobile eco-lab. Their energy experiments help get young people interested in climate change and sustainability. Report by Jochen Wobser EU to slash energy consumptionThe European Union is more dependent on imported energy than any other region on the planet. European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger wants to see Europe become more energy independent and is supporting the Energy Efficiency Directive. Report by Christoph Hasselbach…

x

Share: Living Planet: The corpse flower blooms


Living Planet: Blowin' in the wind

2012-07-05 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

Learn how a village in Germany is getting a blast of wind power, as well as finding out about an Australian community power project. We meet a family of gorillas in southwestern Uganda, and head to the depths of the ocean to inspect some unusual bumps on whale fins. Producer: Jessie Wingard Town turns wind into big businessGermany’s shift toward alternative energy has seen wind parks pop up around the country. Through careful planning, community education and a lot of hard work, a group in the German town of Schlalach has turned their turbines into a profit making venture for the whole community. Report: Richard Fuchs / Presented by: Charlotte Collins Communities powering communitiesDW went along to the World Energy Conference in Bonn, where we spoke to Taryn Lane, communication officer from Embark – an Australian non-profit organization encouraging locally owned low-income renewable energy. Interview: Jessie Wingard, Taryn Lane How easy is it to predict future weather patterns?There is a wide scientific and political consensus that climate change is affecting the distribution of water. But when it comes to predicting exactly what impacts this will have on a particular place at a particular time, the forecasts become more uncertain. Sea level rise estimates also vary extensively. So how can we prepare for a future that is so uncertain? Report: Irene Quaile Tracking mountain gorillasGorillas are a huge attraction for visitors to Uganda. But there are less than 1,000 left and animal advocates are keeping close tabs on numbers. With most of the apes living deep in the forest, it's difficult to know the exact status of the species. Mountain gorilla trackers have an easier time with bands not living so remotely. Tourists are sometimes able to go along for the ride to see them. Report: Brigitte Osterath, Uganda / Presented by: Gabriel Borrud Whales solve helicopter air-flow mysteryGrowing up to 15 meters and weighing close to 30 tons, humpback whales with their enormous bodies are able to glide through the depths of the ocean. Streamlined over the course of evolution to pass through the water with ease, it would seem their pectoral fins with unusual bumps are somewhat out of place. It's these fins that have a group of researchers at a German Aerospace Centre very excited. Report: Fabian Schmidt / Presented by: Neil King…

x

Share: Living Planet: Blowin' in the wind


Living Planet: Blowin' in the wind

2012-07-05 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

Learn how a village in Germany is getting a blast of wind power, as well as finding out about an Australian community power project. We meet a family of gorillas in southwestern Uganda, and head to the depths of the ocean to inspect some unusual bumps on whale fins.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Blowin' in the wind


Living Planet: Taking back the trash

2012-06-14 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

This week on Living Planet, the World Bank warns of an urban waste explosion, the EU moves to phase-out hazardous chemicals and white storks circle in the skies over Germany.Return of the storkThe sun is shining, the air is warm and thousands of white storks are swooping through the skies. It's spring in Germany. The stork spends its winters in Africa and southern Europe, but returns to central Europe to breed. Now, bird enthusiasts living along the Rhine River are tagging the storks in order to learn more about their lives. Report by: Kate Hairsine World Bank predicts urban waste explosionThe World Bank has released a report warning that there will be a sharp rise in the amount of garbage generated by urban residents between now and 2025. DW spoke to Dan Hoornweg, a lead urban specialist in the World Bank's central Urban Advisory Unit. Interview: Saroja Coelho EU chemical regulation falls short of expectationsThe EU has one of the strictest chemical laws in the world. The regulations aim to better protect consumers and encourage European firms to create innovative products with safer materials. The regulations have been in place for five years, but environmentalists say it's taking too long for companies to to comply. Report: Ralph Ahrens Recycling electronic wasteOld computers, vacuum cleaners, cellphones and digital clocks aren't supposed to be tossed in the trash. They contain dangerous chemicals and heavy metals. Electronics waste recycling is a growing sector and it can be profitable if you know how to mine discarded items. Report: Fabian Schmidt…

x

Share: Living Planet: Taking back the trash


Living Planet: Taking back the trash

2012-06-14 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

This week on Living Planet, the World Bank warns of an urban waste explosion, the EU moves to phase-out hazardous chemicals and white storks circle in the skies over Germany.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Taking back the trash


Living Planet: Safeguarding the future

2012-06-07 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

This week on Living Planet, Brazil celebrates World Environment Day, tourists trample the Galapagos Islands and an architect dreams of building his own plastic island.Building a plastic islandIn the remote waters between Hawaii and California, ocean currents sweep up all kinds of plastic trash, including old toothbrushes, food packaging and empty detergent bottles. Now, an architect from the Netherlands has an idea for recycling it into something useful. Report by: Jack Kerr Gisele Bündchen helps kick off World Environment Day in BrazilThe idea behind World Environment Day is that we all stop for a moment, think about our impact on the planet - and take action. This year, all over the world, people participated in tree planting events, bike rallies, green farming actions and coastal clean-ups. Report: Milton Bragatti Top prizes for innovative thinkersThe 7th annual Ethical Awards celebrated initiatives, ideas and people that are making sustainable change a reality. This year, the awards were focused on supply chains. Report by: Peter Shevlin Tourists trample the Galapagos IslandsThe Galapagos Islands are populated with slow-moving sea turtles, yawning seals, swooping bird and colourful insects. But this fragile ecosystem is in danger. Some 200,000 tourists visit each year and experts say that's far more than the region can tolerate. Report by: Sandy Hausman…

x

Share: Living Planet: Safeguarding the future


Living Planet: Safeguarding the future

2012-06-07 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

This week on Living Planet, Brazil celebrates World Environment Day, tourists trample the Galapagos Islands and an architect dreams of building his own plastic island.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Safeguarding the future


Living Planet: Biking around the world

2012-05-31 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

At the top there you heard our very own cross continental cyclist, London's Borris bikes, Bogota's Ciclovia, BASF's search for efficiency and Beijing's status envy. This week we look at attitudes to cycling around the world. You can listen to the show online or subscribe to Living Planet as a podcast. Click on the links below for the individual items. Scroll to the bottom for the full show.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Biking around the world


Living Planet: Biking around the world

2012-05-31 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

At the top there you heard our very own cross continental cyclist, London's Borris bikes, Bogota's Ciclovia, BASF's search for efficiency and Beijing's status envy. This week we look at attitudes to cycling around the world.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Biking around the world


Living Planet: Killing for Cambodian forests

2012-05-24 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

Killing for Cambodian forests: Opposing logging turns deadly in Cambodia; Israelis and Arabs beat ammunition crates to owls' homes; Hanging on to coracles in Wales; What robots can do for electric cars. You can listen to the show online or subscribe to Living Planet as a podcast. Click on the links below for the individual items. Scroll to the bottom for the full show. Opposing logging turns deadly in CambodiaCambodians have been shocked in recent weeks by the killing of people protesting the destruction of the country's forests. Earlier this month a 14-year-old girl was shot dead as villagers demonstrated a notice to abandon their land. Her death followed the killing of one of Cambodia's most prominent activists in April, Chut Wutty, who was shot by a military policeman in mysterious circumstances. Report: Kyle James, Phnom Penh Israelis and Arabs beat ammunition crates to owls' homesOne of the problems faced by farmers the world over is mice. A conventional solution is to put down poison. In Israel, a better idea has emerged: barn owls, which eat the mice instead. Now the system is being trialed in Arab farms, but there's one inconvenient problem. Report:Iris Makler, Isreal Hanging on to coracles in WalesWhen the Romans invaded Britain 2000 years ago, they were impressed by a small, simple water craft used by the Celts - particularly in Wales - to get across fast-flowing rivers. So effective was the original model that the coracle remains little changed since ancient times. Sian Griffiths braved rains and flood warnings in Carmarthen in West Wales to learn more. Report: Sian Griffiths, Carmarthen, Wales         What robots can do for electric carsPrice is one of the main reasons why many car-buyers have not made the leap to electric cars yet, as well as anxiety about range and where to recharge. Scientists at Munich's robotics expo, Automatica, believe that robots might hold the key to improving the outlook for these vehicles. Report: André Leslie, Munich…

x

Share: Living Planet: Killing for Cambodian forests


Living Planet: Killing for Cambodian forests

2012-05-24 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

Killing for Cambodian forests: Opposing logging turns deadly in Cambodia; Israelis and Arabs beat ammunition crates to owls' homes; Hanging on to coracles in Wales; What robots can do for electric cars.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Killing for Cambodian forests


Living Planet: Catching bats and viruses

2012-05-17 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

Catching bats and viruses: Virologists discovered that bats carry a wider spectrum of viruses than previously assumed - so how dangerous are they? The next round of climate talks gets underway; Italy's dying breed of wild-mussel divers and Ukraine's wolfman. You can listen to the show online or subscribe to Living Planet as a podcast. Click on the links below for the individual items. Scroll to the bottom for the full show. Catching bats and their virusesVirologists in Germany recently discovered that bats carry a far wider spectrum of viruses than previously assumed. So are we underestimating their role as a trigger for disease outbreaks among humans? DW speaks to researchers behind the study and goes on a bat capture. Report: Sonya Diehn Gigaton gap grows at climate talksWith the UN's climate chief warning that current pledges to tackle global warming are pointing to a world hotter by 2.5 to 5 degrees Celsius, negotiations to limit climate change remain as daunting as ever. DW speaks to some of the experts involved in the challenge of adapting to a hotter planet. Report:Irene Quaile Italy's dying breed of wild-mussel diversWhile Mediterranean mussels are nowadays mostly farmed, the little bay of Portonovo is a unique place where fishermen are still licensed to dive and hand-collect wild mussels. The tradition of mussel-diving is at risk of disappearing, but it’s not because supplies are running out. Report: Dany Mitzman, Portonovo Ukraine's wolfmanA profile of Sergei Zhyli, a Ukrainian ecologist who has lived with wolves, mimicking their behavior, eating their food and even raising three pups on his own. His views on hunting have rendered him a lone wolf among the country's conservationists. Report: Saroja Coelho, Polissyia Reserve, Ukraine        …

x

Share: Living Planet: Catching bats and viruses


Living Planet: Catching bats and viruses

2012-05-17 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

Catching bats and viruses: Virologists discovered that bats carry a wider spectrum of viruses than previously assumed - so how dangerous are they? The next round of climate talks gets underway; Italy's dying breed of wild-mussel divers and Ukraine's wolfman.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Catching bats and viruses


Living Planet: Stress tests for trees

2012-05-10 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

Europeans stress-test their trees; the business that links fashion-conscious customers with knitting-enthralled grannies; a home designed to generate more power than you (and your car) need; India's problem with the world's dirtiest job; and France's last city vineyard. You can listen to the show online or subscribe to Living Planet as a podcast. Click on the links below for the individual items. Europeans stress-test their treesWe use wood for just about everything, but as climate changes, so too change habitats for timber forests. In the first project of its kind, a scheme called Reinforce is trying to discover which trees are going to provide Europe with a steady supply of timber this century. Report: Robin Powell, Westonbirt, UK Grannies knit for the planetWebsites like Etsy and DaWanda have propelled a huge revival in hand-made products. Grannies, Inc. is a similar, socially-conscious start-up. It's an online knitwear company where customers can design their own beanies, scarves and wrist warmers, and have them knitted by a grandma of their choice. Report:Cinnamon Nippard, Berlin Off the grid with the WelkesNot many people have the opportunity to make all the energy they need for their own home and transport. For 42-year-old Jörg Welke, it's a dream come true. At least until the end of the year. He and his family are guinea pigs in a social experiment. They're trialing life in a super-efficient house. Report: Richard Fuchs (voiced Matt Hermann) India's problem with 'manual scavenging'Some jobs are just so disgusting that most governments around the world have banned people from doing them. In India there's a trade that, despite bans, just won’t go away. It's called manual scavenging, which is a euphemism for hand-collecting other household's feces. Report: Lakshmi Narayan, Mudali, India France's last city vineyardFinally, a story of guts and strange varietals: how a winemaker in southern France, with astute investment and a little help from his friends, has saved the country's last city vineyard. Report: John Laurenson, Nice.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Stress tests for trees


Living Planet: Stress tests for trees

2012-05-10 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

Europeans stress-test their trees; the business that links fashion-conscious customers with knitting-enthralled grannies; a home designed to generate more power than you (and your car) need; India's problem with the world's dirtiest job; and France's last city vineyard.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Stress tests for trees


Living Planet: A Great Green Wall

2012-05-03 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

Africa's Great Green Wall project to stop the advance of the Sahara; 'Trashy Bags' tackles Ghana's plastic problem; and we profile one man and his campaign to save the snow leopard. You can listen to the show online or subscribe to Living Planet as a podcast. Click on the links below for the individual items. A Great Green Wall to halt the SaharaIn the West African nation of Senegal, an audacious project is underway to create a vast forest across the African continent. It's known as the Great Green Wall. The idea is to plant a belt of trees to stop the southern advance of the Sahara Desert. Report: Bobby Bascombe, Senegal (courtesy of PRI) 'Trashy Bags' tackles Ghana's plastic problemBuying water in plastic sachets has become increasingly popular in West Africa in recent years. The half-liter translucent bags are seen as cheap and clean. But the makeshift solution to a water problem has created a huge trash problem, especially in the Ghanaian capital, Accra. Report: Vanessa Hermann, Hervé Gogoua (voiced: Joanna Impey) One man's campaign to save the snow leopardRodney Jackson is one of the world’s foremost authorities on the elusive snow leopard, which lives on some of the earth’s highest mountain peaks in Nepal, Pakistan, India, Siberia, Mongolia and Tibet. Jackson’s relentless efforts over the past thirty-five years are credited with bringing back the snow leopard from the brink of extinction. Profile: Jan Sluizer, San Francisco…

x

Share: Living Planet: A Great Green Wall


Living Planet: A Great Green Wall

2012-05-03 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

Africa's Great Green Wall project to stop the advance of the Sahara; 'Trashy Bags' tackles Ghana's plastic problem; and we profile one man and his campaign to save the snow leopard.…

x

Share: Living Planet: A Great Green Wall


Living Planet: Dirty deeds

2012-04-26 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

Dirty deeds: we visit some spills, old and new. We hear from the gas leak off Scotland; Amnesty hurls fresh allegations at Shell over its behavior in the Niger Delta; Ecuador presses ahead with its initiative to avoid drilling in its Yasuni national park; and the fuss over dredging the Elbe. You can listen to the show online or subscribe to Living Planet as a podcast. Click on the links below for the individual items. Total leak suggests lessons for industryTotal has been unable to plug the leak at its Elgin platform off the coast of Scotland since an accident on the 25th of March. The leak triggered an evacuation and fears surrounding a gas cloud at the site. Scientific assessments suggest little impact on the environment so far, but that's not the only concern for some. Report: Peter Shevlin, Aberdeen Amnesty accuses Shell of masking Nigerian spillsThis week, the human rights organization Amnesty International took aim at Shell for its record in Nigeria's Niger Delta region. Amnesty says it has evidence that Shell strongly underreported a major oil spill there in 2008. DW spoke to Amnesty's Director of Global Issues, Audrey Gaughan, about the claims. Interview: Audrey Gaughan / Nathan Witkop Plans to dredge the Elbe anger farmersGermany's northern states recently approved a deepening of the Elbe River. It will be the ninth time it has been dredged since the early 19th Century. This will free ships with a draught of 14.5 meters to reach Hamburg's port. But farmers and environmental groups are resisting the move. Report: Julian Bohne, Hamburg Ecuador presses ahead with Yasuni initiativeIn September we reported how Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa delivered a novel ultimatum to the UN General Assembly: raise $100 million by the end of the year, or we'll be forced to exploit the oil beneath our national park. The idea is to compensate countries for the environmental services that they are providing for everyone on Earth. We hear where things stand. Report:Sandy Hausman, Ecuador…

x

Share: Living Planet: Dirty deeds


Living Planet: Dirty deeds

2012-04-26 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

Dirty deeds: we visit some spills, old and new. We hear from the gas leak off Scotland; Amnesty hurls fresh allegations at Shell over its behavior in the Niger Delta; Ecuador presses ahead with its initiative to avoid drilling in its Yasuni national park; and the fuss over dredging the Elbe.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Dirty deeds


Living Planet: Environmental tradeoffs

2012-04-19 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

We hear from some environmental trade offs: when clean energy isn't quite green energy, and when hunting benefits conservation. Also, a mystery illness afflicts the sea lions of Galapagos and using BP's fines to heal two wounds at once. You can listen to the show online or subscribe to Living Planet as a podcast. Click on the links below for the individual items. UK wind farms compete with bogsIn Scotland, great swathes of peatland habitat are being used to build wind farms. Yet peatlands are a natural sink for carbon dioxide, and when they dry, they release it. Are some of the UK's wind farms counterproductive? The Carbon Payback Calculator hopes to deliver the answer. Report: Peter Shevlin, Glasgow What's in BP's fines for Louisiana's womenTwo years ago this week, an explosion on BP's Deepwater Horizon platform in the Gulf of Mexico set in motion one of the world's largest oil spills to date. BP faces billions of dollars in fines. Some see the money as an opportunity to heal not just the environment, but Louisiana's appalling wage gap between men and women. Report: Zoe Sullivan, New Orleans The WWF hunts for trouble in BotswanaSpain's King Juan Carlos, honorary president of WWF's Spanish chapter, made headlines this week when he injured himself in Botswana on a trip to hunt elephants. The revelations have sparked debate about the image of the WWF and whether elephant-hunting can be justified for conservation. Report: Irene Quaile A mystery illness plagues Galapagos sea lionsThe Galapagos Islands are best known as a seminal stopping point for the young Charles Darwin on the journey that led him to the theory of evolution. Home to many unique animals, the Galapagos remain a focus for science. Today, tourists can enjoy the playful sea lions, but the mammals appear to be under siege. Report:Sandy Hausman, Galapagos…

x

Share: Living Planet: Environmental tradeoffs


Living Planet: Environmental tradeoffs

2012-04-19 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

We hear from some environmental trade offs: when clean energy isn't quite green energy, and when hunting benefits conservation. Also, a mystery illness afflicts the sea lions of Galapagos and using BP's fines to heal two wounds at once.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Environmental tradeoffs


Living Planet: For peat's sake

2012-04-12 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

The eager beavers working to save Ukraine's peatlands; why some French butchers would prefer their cattle farmers to be a little more British; a cat parasite that may be making many of us worse drivers; and one team's quest to make fish farming a little cleaner for the environment.…

x

Share: Living Planet: For peat's sake


Living Planet: Solar dimming

2012-04-05 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

The sun dims for Germany's solar subsidies; A Latvian invention promises to raise solar efficiency; the cost of extreme weather events rises; La Nina's toll on Paraguay; and a look at Earth Hour from Berlin.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Solar dimming


Living Planet: Green laws

2012-02-09 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

Law and the environment – we speak to environmental lawyer and ClientEarth CEO, James Thornton; Germany's environmental zones and air pollution; the EU drums up support for its energy roadmap for 2050; and we hear about greening up music festivals. German air pollution rises despite green zonesSince 2008, environmental zones in Germany have restricted where heavily polluting cars can drive, yet air pollution levels are higher than before the scheme began. Cars in Germany are required to display a sticker identifying how much particulate pollution the vehicle pumps out. The stickers are colour coded red through to green. Without a sticker, drivers face fines for entering any of the country's environment zones. Yet this week, Germany's Federal Environment Agency came out with some disappointing news for efforts to curb air pollution.  Report: Andre Leslie Suing for the environmentJames Thornton can claim to have sued the UK out of building new coal plants. James Thornton is a lawyer and CEO of ClientEarth, a non-profit organization that campaigns for better environmental laws. In the eighties, hehelped sue the Reagan administration into enforcing the Clean Water act and today his organization conducts similar campaigns in Europe. We began by asking him why the earth should need legal representation. Interview: James Thornton / Nathan Witkop EU touts benefits of energy roadmapSenior European Union leaders said this week that nearly eliminating carbon emissions from Europe's energy by the middle of the century may work out to be little more expensive than sticking to fossil fuels. This week EU leaders met with energy industry figures, civil society groups and academics in Brussels to build support for the bloc's 2050 Energy Roadmap. Report: Christoph Hasselbach (Sean Sinico) Greening up music festivalsEvery year across Europe, music festivals attract tens of thousands of revelers. Meeting these visitors' food, waste, accommodation and energy needs is no small task. Festivals can take on the proportions of a small city, as can their environmental impact. In recent years, there's been a push among organizers to reduce their events' footprints. Even big-name festivals like Lollapalooza in the United States are trying to make a difference. Our correspondent speaks to two event planners about sharing solutions. Report: Cinnamon Nippard…

x

Share: Living Planet: Green laws


Living Planet: Hamburg's cruise pollution

2012-01-26 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

We hear from a push in Hamburg to tackle cruise ships' port-based soot emissions; plans for Europe's biggest gold mine divide a small town in Romania; an energy austerity drive gathers support amid campaigning for France's presidential elections; and tsunami tourism in Aceh.You can listen to the show online or subscribe to Living Planet as a podcast. Click on the links below for the individual items.Hamburg wrestles with increasing cruise ship pollutionEnvironmental groups have long criticized the shipping industry for the pollution it creates – both at sea and in port.In port, cruise ships still need to run their engines to maintain electricity for what sometimes amounts to a small city on board. With the number of vessels visiting Hamburg expected to grow from 100 to 150 this year, pollution is becoming a problem. A campaign is underway to stop cruisers from running their engines while moored, but the challenge is proving difficult. Report: Julian Bohne, HamburgMassive gold mine plans divide Romanian townThe Romanian village of Rosia Montana has just 3,000 residents, but could be set to become the largest gold mine in Europe.Preparations for the project go back at least 10 years. In that time, it has divided locals into two opposing camps: those who support the mine and those who fear it will destroy the area's tourist potential and archaeological remains. Report: Tom Wilson, Rosia Montana, RomaniaFrench energy austerity drive gathers supportAs France prepares for presidential elections in April, a team of energy experts, engineers and architects sense an opportunity to get their agenda on the national agenda.In the wake of last year's Fukushima disaster, NegaWatt is pushing to liberate France of nuclear power by 2050. Its appeal to energy austerity is attracting attention from left to right. Report: Timothy Jones (Suzanne Krause)Tsunami tourism heals wounds in Aceh, IndonesiaFor the past seven years, the people of Aceh on Indonesia's island of Sumatra have been rebuilding their community, which was devastated by the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004.The tsunami hit Aceh particularly hard. Around half of the 230,000 people who died in the disaster came from this part of Indonesia. The area holds a terrible fascination for many and today growing numbers of tourists are coming to the province to see for themselves the relics of destruction. Report: Maria Bakkalapulo, Aceh…

x

Share: Living Planet: Hamburg's cruise pollution


Living Planet: Fracking in the US and Europe

2012-01-19 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

This week we look at two examples of fracking in the US and Europe; as South Sudan and its northern neighbor resume revenue-sharing talks, we look at the role of oil in their conflict; and a molecule to cool the planet – is its recent discovery good news for the climate?You can listen to the show online or subscribe to Living Planet as a podcast. Click on the links below for the individual items.Oil's role in SudanThis week Sudan and South Sudan resumed talks on sharing the proceeds of oil revenues.After decades of intermittent war, South Sudan gained formal independence from its northern neighbor last year. It inherited most of Sudan's oil, but it's not clear how the two countries should split the revenues. Many observers fear that if a fair and transparent agreement isn't reached soon, the two sides are destined to resume fighting. DW asked Dana Wilkins from the campaign group Global Witness, which focuses on corruption in extractive industries, to lay out the problem. Interview: Dana Wilkins / Nathan WitkopFracking faces tighter controls in USWith the dangers of nuclear power playing out in Japan, tensions in the Middle East pushing up oil prices, and climate scientists arguing for the phase out of coal, the United States is desperate for some energy alternatives.One that has seemed promising in recent years is natural gas, which burns more cleanly than coal. With demand for gas driving up the price, hard to reach deposits have become lucrative. And that has led to a boom in "fracking" to get to them. It's a technique whose proponents say is vital for cleaner, stable energy and whose detractors say is an environmental and health risk. Report: Sandy Hausman, Southwest VirginiaAustrians say they can do 'clean' frackingIt's not just North Americans who are keen on fracking. There's a boom in the technique happening around the world. Here in Europe, many countries are concerned about the reliability of the region's main gas supplier, Russia, and fracking allows them to reconsider their own real estate for previously useless deposits. In Austria, proponents claim to have developed a cleaner method of fracking, but it still divides the community. Report: Kerry Skyring, HerrnbaumgartenA molecule to cool the planetCould the planet be working harder than previously thought to naturally mitigate climate change?It's a question that's intriguing an international research team, which recently discovered a molecule first hypothesized in the 1950s. The naturally occurring compound is part of a class of molecules that help break down pollution and turn it – eventually – into clouds that may help cool the planet. To find out more about the discovery – published in Science magazine last week – we spoke to one of the researchers on the project. Interview: Dr Carl Percival / Nathan Witkop…

x

Share: Living Planet: Fracking in the US and Europe


Living Planet: Trading blows

2012-01-12 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 30s

A special show this week – we focus on the dispute over applying Europe's emissions trading scheme to aviation. Also, are more sharks responsible for more shark attacks in Australia? You can listen to the show online or subscribe to Living Planet as a podcast. Click on the links below for the individual items.Aviation's problem with Europe's carbon tradeThe European Union's emissions trading scheme (ETS) was extended to aviation on January 1 in the face of intense opposition from foreign and domestic carriers. So does the EU's resolve make a global deal more, or less, likely?Europe's carbon market is the biggest in the world. It was introduced in 2005, but starting this year it was extended to air travel for the first time. Any airline taking off or landing in a European airport will need to account for at least part of that journey's emissions on the ETS. It's not just foreign airlines that are upset. European carriers are also dissatisfied. We take a look at some of the competing concerns. Reporting: Nathan Witkop, Holly FoxInterviewees: Andreas Bartels; Ulrich Schulte-Strathaus; Bill HemmingsWhat's driving a spike in shark attacks?A spate of lethal shark attacks in Western Australia has provoked fears and questions among locals and tourists alike. Though shark sightings are common in Australia, deaths are rare.On average, about one person has died of shark attack in Australia each year for the past 50 years. But in Western Australia, four people have died in the last 18 months. The government there recently approved millions of dollars for safety programs. DW went to the beach to look behind the attacks. Report: Jonathan Gifford…

x

Share: Living Planet: Trading blows


Living Planet: Locking out elephants

2012-01-05 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 30s

We visit a reserve in Sri Lanka where they're locking the elephants out and keeping the humans in; we chat with a researcher about her team's new paper in Science on predicting ocean circulation and its climate impacts; and we hear from fair trades in South Africa and Costa Rica.You can listen to the show online or subscribe to Living Planet as a podcast. Click on the links below for the individual items.Human reserves soothe Sri Lanka's strife with elephantsInstead of locking nature into reserves, Sri Lankans are experimenting with locking in the humans.For the past two years, Sri Lanka has been trying to recover from nearly three decades of civil war. Though the insurgency that divided the South Asian country is over, another conflict remains. It's one that's been quietly killing for decades: a war for land that has pitted humans against elephants. Report: Yasmeen Qureshi, Lily Jamali, Sri Lanka Predicting ocean circulation and its impacts on climateWhile the movie The Day After Tomorrow was highly dramatized, there is a lot of genuine scientific interest in just how much ocean circulation affects climate.This week in Science magazine, a team of researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg published a study that claimed a big step forward in efforts to predict ocean circulation. We spoke to the lead author. Interview: Daniela Matei / Nathan WitkopFairer wine and pineapplesFarm goods from developing countries sold with the Fair Trade label may be a little bit more expensive, but the people who grow or harvest them get a better deal.In co-operations with regional broadcasters, we hear from two parts of the word that are trying to put the fair trade idea into practice. First: Fairer wine from South Africa, then fairer pineapples from Costa Rica. Reports: co-productions voiced by Holly Fox and Andreas Illmer…

x

Share: Living Planet: Locking out elephants


Living Planet: Looking back at 2011

2011-12-29 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

Looking back at 2011: Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster; Germany to phase out nuclear energy; smart grids necessary to handle renewables; France fights over its controversial nuclear power plant in Fessenheim; concerns about methane plague Brazil's Belo Monte dam; Europe's emissions trading scheme upsets air carriers.You can listen to the show online or subscribe to Living Planet as a podcast. Click on the links below for the individual items. Nuclear safety expert looks at Japan's Fukushima nuclear disasterJapan's Fukushima nuclear crisis began with a magnitude 9 earthquake that unleashed an enormous Tsunami on March 11. Three reactors at the plant suffered meltdowns.It was only in December that Japan's government said the reactors had reached a state of "cold shutdown." Lothar Hahn, former head of GRS, an agency which briefs the German government on nuclear safety talked about when the Japanese crisis began. Interview: Nathan WitkopGerman Chancellor Merkel does away with nuclear energyWhen Japan's nuclear crisis began, people in Germany immediately drew parallels with the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in the former Soviet Union. People's support for nuclear energy plummeted.Chancellor Angela Merkel, who had just extended the lifespan of nuclear plants, buckled under the pressure. She announced a surprise freeze in the policy. Report: Ben Knight Smart grids are crucial to handle renewables' fluctuating supply, experts sayToday, renewables supply around 20 percent of electricity in Germany. But there's a downside to using renewable energy: it's the fluctuating supply.To offset this, supporters say governments need to invest in 'smart grids.' Professor Olav Hohmeyer, an energy advisor to the German government explained why it's crucial to build smart grids. Interview: Nathan WitkopFight over France's most controversial nuclear power plant in Fessenheim heats upFrance is more dependent on nuclear energy than any other country. But things might be about to change.This year, the country's opposition forged an alliance to scale down France's reliance on nuclear power. Meanwhile, President Sarkozy's administration has left open the possibility of shutting down the country's oldest reactor, Fessenheim, when the results of a 'stress test' are released in January. Report: Diana Fong, Fessenheim, FranceConcerns about methane plague Brazil's Belo Monte damFukushima may have made 2011 a transformative year for energy – how we make it, its impact on us and the world around us. But it's not just Europeans who have been reviewing their energy choices.Brazil gets most of its energy from a renewable source – hydroelectric dams. This year it approved a massive new project: the Belo Monte dam on the Xingu River in the northern state of Para. Report: Jon Beaupre, Altamira, Brazil / Claes Andreasson Europe's emissions trading scheme upsets international air carriersOn January 1, Europe's emissions trading scheme is set to be extended to the aviation industry. Airlines using terminals in the EU will have to offset at least part of its emissions.International carriers are angry, but it seems they will have to comply. Last week the EU's top court threw out a legal challenge launched by US airlines. Back in September, Teri Schultz covered the show down between carriers and legislators. Report: Teri Schultz, Brussels…

x

Share: Living Planet: Looking back at 2011


Living Planet: Uganda strikes oil

2011-12-22 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

Uganda's oil fever bodes badly for its environment; Scientists make a breakthrough in predicting earthquakes; Latvians embrace worms; Taipei 101 aims to be the world's tallest 'green' building; and a look at efforts to save two species of endangered birds this winter. You can listen to the show online or subscribe to Living Planet as a podcast. Click on the links below for the individual items. Uganda's oil fever bodes badly for its environmentIn recent years, Uganda has struck oil. It's a mixed blessing for the poor East African country. On the one hand, potential oil revenues dwarf Uganda's national debt. On the other hand, from Nigeria to Sudan there are plenty of examples of countries where oil hasn't served as a silver bullet for development. Report: Alex Gitta, Uganda Scientists make a breakthrough in predicting earthquakesA team of American scientists has made a discovery that could identify an imminent quake.From hurricanes to volcanoes and even Tsunamis, humans have made great strides in developing early warning systems for deadly natural phenomena. Earthquakes are another matter, but that may be about to change. Report: Sandy Hausman, USAConservationists struggle for two birds in the UK this winterA look at efforts this winter to protect two endangered species of bird: One indigenous to Britain, the other a refugee.The Hen Harrier has come off second best in its competition with shooters and the Spoon-billed Sandpiper is a long way from home. Report: Nik Martin, UKTaipei 101 aims to be the world's tallest 'green' buildingThough Taiwan may be better known for its rapid growth than its environmental credentials, the island has a new monument to sustainability.Nearly 40 percent of the world's energy ends up being consumed in buildings. So making them more efficient could lead to substantial savings for the environment and companies' energy bills. Report: Klaus Bardenhagen (David Levitz)Latvians eye market for composting with wormsLatvian farmers are getting into something known as vermicomposting.It's a way of making especially fertile and environmentally-friendly compost by using worms: Some are hoping to turn these worms' humus into the next big Baltic export. Report: Gederts Gelzis, Latvia…

x

Share: Living Planet: Uganda strikes oil


Living Planet: Canada and Kyoto

2011-12-15 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

Canada and Kyoto: Canada pulls out of the Kyoto Protocol just one day after the close of climate talks in Durban; Sri Lanka's peace poses new problems for balancing tourism with the environment; DW visits a Dutch rooftop farm; and a bright idea wins Germany's Future Prize. You can listen to the show online or subscribe to Living Planet as a podcast. Click on the links below for the individual items. Canada pulls out of the Kyoto ProtocolCanada delivers a symbolic blow to the Kyoto Protocol, becoming the first country to leave the troubled agreement.While the timing has surprised some, others say the move confirms a long-established trend in Canada’s political and economic direction. Report : Cesil Fernandes, TorontoSri Lanka's peace opens a new problem for the environmentPeace is opening the door to investment in tourism in Sri Lanka, but this is also changing some facts on the ground. Sri Lanka is discovering hard new choices between the environment and development since the recent end of its civil war. Report: Lily Jamali and Yasmeen Qureshi, Sri LankaDW visits a Dutch rooftop farmThe Food and Agriculture Organization is the latest among many to call for more efficient land-use – one idea is planting on top of cities.Earlier this year we heard from some German agricultural scientists working on finding room for farming in cities. Now our correspondent in the Netherlands takes a look at roof top farming up close. Report: Cintia Taylor, HaarlemA bright idea wins Germany's Future PrizeThis year's German Future Prize went to a team that may yet consign the humble light bulb to the trash heap of history.The German Future Prize was awarded on Wednesday. The accolade – which comes with 250,000 euros – honors scientific innovations that have concrete applications and are ripe for making a difference to our lives. We look at some of the short-listed ideas. Report: Sean Sinico…

x

Share: Living Planet: Canada and Kyoto


Living Planet: Prosperity vs preservation

2011-12-08 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 30s

Energy giants in Brazil tap deep-sea oil fields; South Africa investigates the connection between climate change and social instability; the EU lifts a ban on stevia; and music event organisers try to preserve festival fun while keeping their green credentials intact.You can listen to the show online or subscribe to Living Planet as a podcast. Click on the links below for the individual items. Oil still fuels Brazil's dream for a prosperous futureA deep-sea oil well off the coast of Brazil leaked more than 2000 barrels of oil into the ocean last month. The incident is turning into an important test for the country as it prepares to become one of the largest oil producing nations on earth.Work is underway to tap vast deep-sea oil fields off the coast of Brazil. It's believed there are billions of barrels of oil below the seafloor. This could be Brazil's chance to cement itself in its position as a global power. But the oil lies beneath shifting sand and a thick layer of salt. And the process of extracting it carries huge environmental and financial risks. Report: Milton BragattiSouth Africans torn between prosperity and preservationAs South Africa hosts the UN climate talks, the nation is forced to examine its own energy policies and commitment to a greener future.South Africa is one of the biggest producers of greenhouse gases in the world. As South Africans grapple with energy shortages, economic worries, and the social problems those bring, it remains unclear what kind of commitment the country can make to a greener future. Report: Johannes BeckEU lifts ban on plant extracts that taste like sugarOn a trip to the fertile farmlands of France, DW's reporter meets a farmer who is cultivating a crop of Stevia rebaudiana. The stevia plant has sweet leaves that have long been used as a natural sweetner in South America and Asia.Stevia extract has already cracked the US market, replacing artificial sweetners in some of the most popular diet colas. The EU has just lifted a ban on the plant's use in food and drinks, opening up the market for fake sugar to all kinds of changes. Report: Dany MitzmanMusic lovers green upOur reporter hits a popular music event in Hamburg, Germany to find out if it's possible to enjoy festival fun while keeping your green credentials intact.Music festivals often wreak havoc on the environment. Mountains of waste left behind by revellers ends up in landfills, pristine natural sites are trampled and travel to and from festival sites produces tonnes of CO2. But an increasing number of music festivals are greening up their acts. Report: Jessie Wingard…

x

Share: Living Planet: Prosperity vs preservation


Living Planet: What is so special about carbon?

2011-12-01 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

Eco-guards are dispatched to the Gishwati rainforest in Rwanda; we travel to India to investigate carbon offset programs; forest-dwelling indigenous groups want more say in the future of their homes; and developing nations report bullying at the climate negotiations. You can listen to the show online or subscribe to Living Planet as a podcast. Click on the links below for the individual items. Finding out if carbon offset funds are well spentOur correspondent travels to India to find out how carbon offset donations are used.The organisation Atmosfair uses donations from airline travelers to offset the carbon emitted during their flight. Our correspondent travels to Jalalpur, India to look at projects started with Atmofair's donations. He discovers that carbon offsetting may ease your guilt but isn't necessarily going to stop global warming. Report: Georg MatthesReports of bullying at climate talksThe World Development Movement has accused British and US climate negotiators of bullying and bribing poorer nations at the climate talks.At the climate talks in Copenhagen in 2009, leading industrialized nations acknowledged the financial challenges facing developing countries as climate change takes its toll. They agreed to mobilize billions of euros to help poorer nations cope with the effects. But a new report says Britain and the United States are using that money to forward their own agendas. Report: Nik Martin, LondonREDD treaty protects forests, forgets peopleReducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation is a UN scheme to protect forests. But forest-dwelling indigenous groups want more say about the future of their homes.Forests are considered 'carbon sinks' because they absorb carbon from the atmosphere in vast quantities. Preserving the forests has become a priority for climate negotiators. But what about the people living and working in the world's forests? They are demanding more say in plans to preserve the places they call home. Report: Helle JeppesenEcoguards dispatched to the Gishwati rainforestRwanda has a plan for preserving the remaining trees of the lush Gishwati rainforest. Six ecoguards monitor the tree stand, preventing locals from harvesting wood, honey or fruit. We venture into the last lush stands of Rwanda's Gishwati rainforest. It's home to the eastern chimpanzee, golden monkeys, wild sunbirds, herbs, wildflowers, and ancient trees. But the people who live near the forest are very poor and they often enter the forest looking for food and fuel. Sometimes, their cows wander freely trampling native plants. So, Rwanda has a plan for preserving the what is left of the Gishwati. They have hired eco-guards to patrol and protect the forest. Report: Simone Schlindwein…

x

Share: Living Planet: What is so special about carbon?


Living Planet: Financing Climate Protection

2011-11-24 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 30s

As climate change tightens its grip on the world, Bangladesh warns that time is running out; Middle Eastern and North African nations face challenging hurdles to go green; and solar technology designers look for ways to brighten the lives of girls.You can listen to the show online or subscribe to Living Planet as a podcast. Click on the links below for the individual items. Bangladesh pins hopes on climate funds as global warming takes its tollAs climate change tightens its grip on the world, Bangladesh is pressing the international community to follow through on promises to finance climate change protection.Climate talks reopen in Durban, South Africa later this month and the debate on who is first in line to tap a multibillion-dollar Green Climate Fund is expected to continue. But as negotiators gear up for the event, one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to climate change says it's running out of time. Report: Amin Al Rasheed, Dhaka, BangladeshExperts say Arab nations are unprepared for a greener futureFor decades, oil was the engine of development in North Africa and the Middle East. But the oil era is drawing to a close and experts say many countries in the region are poorly prepared.In North Africa and the Middle East, environmental protection is often overlooked. Experts from the Arab Forum for Environment and Development warn that if the region does not rethink its environmental and energy policies, it will not be in a position to tackle new challenges in the coming decades. Report: Mona NaggarUsing solar power to brighten the lives of girlsDesigners, dreamers and inventors gathered in Berlin this week to present new ideas for the future. We interviewed two women with big plans for tapping the power of the sun.An interview with Katherine Lucey, the founder of Solar Sister, which distributes solar-powered lamps in Uganda and Rwanda. She says gender has everything to do with energy, since 70 percent of people who are living without electricity in the world are women and girls. She's joined by Daniela Schiffer of Changers, which encourages people to use energy they capture from the sun. Interview: Cinnamon NippardSeagrass meadows in Spain threatened by boating and sewageSeagrass grows in abundance around the Spanish island of Mallorca. But it's being torn out and poisoned by human activity and locals are looking to take action before it's too late.Seagrasses are flowering plants that grow in meadows along the ocean floor. They provide food and habitat for a variety of ocean species and also play an important role in protecting the planet from global warming. We visit the Bay of Palma to find out why the seagrass meadows are dying and what locals are doing to save it. Report: Stephanie Eichler…

x

Share: Living Planet: Financing Climate Protection


Living Planet: Food and climate

2011-11-17 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 30s

Food and climate: As the clock counts down to this year's climate negotiations in Durban, we look at some of the links between food and climate; the IEA's 25-year energy outlook contains difficult implications for Germany; getting sewage out of the Thames; and Tanzania considers mining uranium.You can listen to the show online or subscribe to Living Planet as a podcast. Click on the links below for the individual items. Climate prompts American farmers to rethink their waysClimate change makes eco-friendlier agriculture vital for farmers in the American Midwest.The US alone accounts for half the world's corn exports and 40 percent of its soybean exports. In some ways climate change has actually helped farmers here, but there are storms on the horizon. Report: Kathleen Masterson, Iowa, USAIEA challenges Germany's nuclear-free roadmapThe International Energy Agency has released its outlook for the next 25 years - its forecasts pose an uncomfortable challenge for Germany.The IEA says demand for fossil fuels will rise steadily and climate goals will become harder to reach without nuclear power. The IEA's Chief Economist, Fatih Birol, was in Berlin last week attending a symposium on European energy policy, where DW heard him speak. Report: Hardy Graupner, BerlinPlan to get sewage out of Thames splits LondonersVisitors to London are often unaware of how seriously polluted the Thames is.Thirty nine million tonnes of untreated sewage flows into the famous river each year, causing health risks to the people who use it – and the wildlife that live in it. A 'Super Sewer' project has been proposed to deal with the problem, but it's proving controversial. Report: Nina-Maria Potts, LondonTanzania considers mining uraniumTanzania is Africa's fourth-largest gold producer, an exporter of diamonds and the rare mineral tanzanite, and it may soon be mining uranium too. Despite these riches, Tanzanians live on an average income of just $600 a year.Three-quarters of Tanzanians survive from small-scale farms and half live below the poverty line. Report: Ute Schaeffer / Ben Knight…

x

Share: Living Planet: Food and climate


Living Planet: Acid earth

2011-11-10 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 30s

Acid earth: US scientists warn that we are rapidly changing the chemical composition of soils and waterways; shifting food production to cities; promoting alternative farming in Nigeria; and eco tourism provides a better livelihood in rural Cambodia. You can listen to the show online or subscribe to Living Planet as a podcast. Click on the links below for the individual items. US Scientists warn of acidifying soilsThe problem of acid rain may not be new, but it is far from solved.In the 60s, scientists were increasingly observing that industrial and auto emissions were leading to dying forests and poisoned lakes. Since then, European and US legislation to clean the air has had a big impact. But some scientists in the US say many human activities are continuing to change the chemical composition of the planet in deleterious ways. Report: Sandy Hausman, USAUrban farming offers prospects for growthFood routinely travels thousands of miles around the world to feed cities, but some think cities could do a lot more to feed themselves.Nowadays it's no surprise to find Californian lettuce in a New York grocer or New Zealand onions in a German supermarket. Some say these food miles are quite unnecessary – cities provide a lot of neglected space for agriculture. Report: Holy Fox (Fabian Schmidt) Promoting alternative farming in NigeriaOne man in Nigeria is trying to do his bit to boost food security and attract people back to the land to find fulfilling livelihoods.Olatunji Akomolafe has spent 25 years working with young people to promote sustainable farming solutions tailored to local needs. His work is called the Village Pioneer Project. Report: Sean Sinico Ecotourism provides a better livelihood in rural CambodiaEcotourism holds the promise of another source of livelihood for some people in rural areas of the developing world.DW visits an ecotourism venture in northern Cambodia that's building bridges and saving birds. Report: Mathew Crawford, Cambodia…

x

Share: Living Planet: Acid earth


Living Planet: What to do with E-waste?

2011-11-03 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 30s

We look at more eco-friendly ways to recycle electronics; we have a sampling of one of the largest animal sound archives in the world; whales and dolphins are fighting an uphill battle - under water; and we look at the complications of climate change in the forests of Brandenburg.You can listen to the show online or subscribe to Living Planet as a podcast. Click on the links below for the individual items. What to do with E-waste?The head of a United Nations University initiative talks about ways to promote more effective and eco-friendly recycling of electronics.Following the revelation of high contamination near an electronics scrap yard in Ghana, Europe has begun asking itself what to do with its E-waste. An international initiative headed by the United Nations University is looking to promote more effective and eco-friendly recycling of electronics. Interview: Dr. Rüdiger Kühr / Gabriel BorrudBerlin's animal sound archiveFrom tawny owls to the American elk, if you're looking for an animal sound, it's quite likely you'll find it stored at Berlin's Animal Sound Archive.The archive in Berlin is one of the largest collections of animal voices in the world. The 120,000 recordings collected here are available to scientists and research institutions worldwide—and can be called on for commercial and education purposes as well. Check out a sample of the wild and wondrous sounds in this acoustic treasure trove. Report: Leah McDonnelMarine conservationists call for more habitat protectionOur world is over 70 percent water. Yet only one percent of oceans around the globe are considered "marine protected areas."Marine conservationists say only around one percent of the world's oceans are currently protected. A new book has just come out by leading whale and dolphin expert Erich Hoyt detailing this need for more "marine protected areas." DW talked with Hoyt about an international conference aimed at fostering marine conservation. Interview: Erich Hoyt / Gabriel BorrudBrandenburg forests under climate change threatThe lush forests of Brandenburg, composed of pine monocultures, will be at risk if climate predictions come true. The type of pine native to the forests aren't resistant to frost or arid climates.According to long-term forecasts, temperatures in central Europe are to go up, making the climate much drier. For regions like Brandenburg, in eastern Germany, this could prove disastrous. Much of the forest here is composed of pine monocultures. Experts say large parts of the forest will die off, if other kinds of trees aren’t planted along with the pines. Report: Richard Fuchs / Joanna Impey…

x

Share: Living Planet: What to do with E-waste?


Living Planet: A new Rainbow

2011-10-27 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 30s

A new Rainbow: We step on board Greenpeace's new Rainbow Warrior III; Europe increases its dependence on other people's land; We drop in on a rescue centre for storks in Cambodia and fish versus energy – the simmering dispute between countries that share the Mekong.You can listen to the show online or subscribe to Living Planet as a podcast. Click on the links below for the individual items.A new Rainbow Warrior takes to the seaThe Greenpeace flagship's swashbuckling adventures have courted controversy and shined a light on environmental abuses for nearly three decades.Last week, the Rainbow Warrior III was launched in Germany, following the retirement of its predecessor in August. Jonathan Gifford was in Hamburg this weekend to pay it a visit at its first port of call. Report: Jonathan Gifford, HamburgEurope increases its reliance on other people's landA new way of calculating land-use suggests that Europe is the continent most dependent on 'imported land.'According to a study, 60% of the land Europe needs for its food, fuel and clothes comes from overseas. The research was commissioned by the environmental group Friends of the Earth. It warns that Europe's "land footprint" will have to reduce drastically over the next few years as developing nations demand more of their own terrain for domestic consumption. Report: Nik Martin, BedfordshireWe take a look at a wildlife rescue centre in CambodiaThe WWF announced this week that poachers had very likely killed the last Javanese rhino in Vietnam.Across the border in Cambodia, the Angkor Centre for the Conservation of Biodiversity is working to save species. Matthew Crawford spoke to the center's Deputy Manager Alastair Mould. Interview: Matthew Crawford / Alastair MouldPressure mounts to dam the MekongThe Mekong River is one of the world's last great rivers to escape human interventions on a large-scale. That may soon change.The Mekong provides tens of millions of people with food, water and work in South East Asia. Pressure is mounting to exploit the river for its hydroelectric potential. That spells bad news for many of the river's endemic fish species, and the people who depend on them for protein. Report: Charlotte Chelsom-Pill (Alexander Freund)…

x

Share: Living Planet: A new Rainbow


Living Planet: Climate wars

2011-10-20 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 30s

Is it an exaggeration to talk of climate wars? We hear from soldiers and doctors who fear the security and health implications of climate change are not being appreciated. We also hear about Germany's diffidence towards electric cars, a novel idea for recharging electric devices and Europe's problem with electric waste.You can listen to the show online or subscribe to Living Planet as a podcast. Click on the links below for the individual items. Doctors partner with soldiers to warn of climate conflictsIn recent years, military planners have begun taking the threat of climate change seriously.The Pentagon's 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review to Congress stressed the potential for climate change to weaken fragile governments and to destabilize national security. This week, senior European military officials joined with medical practitioners to discuss the health and security implications of climate change at a conference in London organized by the British Medical Journal. We spoke to some of the participants on the sidelines. Interviews: Nathan Witkop / Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti; Professor Hugh Montgomery; Professor Anthony Costello; Sir Andy HainesGerman studies questions benefits of electric car incentivesThe German government wants to see one million electric cars on the roads by 2020. But is the goal realistic or even sensible?Researchers in Berlin have been looking into the future of electric mobility and have found it might be best to do nothing. Report: Zulfikar Abbany (Insa Wrede) Latvian jacket recharges your mp3 player with motionScientists in Latvia have been working on a new way to use body motion to generate electricity to power small electronic gadgets.The idea is to harness the energy released while you walk. The idea has been around for some time – for example, Irish scientists have designed a backpack which generates electricity. In Latvia, engineers have built a small electric generator which can be integrated into clothing - specifically into a windbreaker-type jacket. Report: Ä¢ederts Ä¢elzis, RigaEU tries to curb e-wasteEach year in Europe millions of tones of electronic devices end up in landfill - that is, if they're not illegally dumped in poor countries.The European Union's executive is trying to curb the problem. EU members recently met in Rome to come up with ways to collect and recycle what is ultimately a valuable resource. Report: Megan Williams, Rome…

x

Share: Living Planet: Climate wars


Living Planet: Fessenheim, fracking and food waste

2011-10-13 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 30s

Authorities prepare to decide the fate of France's oldest reactor amid rising anti-nuclear sentiment; a backlash against 'fracking' gathers in Germany; we talk to the director of a film that follows our food waste; and the Dutch lead the way in growing meat in a Petri dish.You can listen to the show online or subscribe to Living Planet as a podcast. Click on the links below for the individual items. France prepares to decide the fate of its oldest reactorThe Rhine River separates France and Germany, dividing both countries in more ways than one.In November the French government will decide whether or not to prolong the life of Fessenheim's reactors for another ten years. But times are changing. French anti-nuclear activism is no longer a fringe movement in a country that has long championed nuclear energy. Report: Diana Fong, FessenheimA backlash against 'fracking' gathers in GermanyEuropean countries are split on the issue of 'fracking' - in Germany, resistance is mounting.Hydraulic fracturing – commonly known as 'fracking' – is a technique used to get natural gas from difficult locations like coal beds or shale. It involves using water pressure to crack underground rocks. The technique has been around for decades, but it's becoming more popular because high energy prices are making unconventional deposits of gas a lot more interesting for mining companies. Critics are concerned about the technology's health and environmental impacts. Report: Nina Haase (Brigitte Osterath) New film 'Taste the Waste' tracks our food wasteA new documentary called Taste the Waste explores the staggering waste of food in our global supply chain.Each year your average German throws away 310 euros worth of food that hasn't even been taken out of its packaging. That's according to Taste the Waste. The film follows the trail of our wasteful production chains from farms to kitchens. Globally, enough is squandered to fill a chain of trucks around the planet. DW spoke to Valentin Thurn, the film-maker behind the project. Interview: Nathan Witkop / Valentin ThurnDutch lead the way in growing in vitro meatWould you eat meat that was grown in a lab? Perhaps one day you'll have that choice.In fact, the European Science Foundation held a conference on lab-grown meat in Sweden just last month. Even if it may be a while before in vitro meat hits the supermarket shelves, Dutch universities are leading the research. Report: Cintia Taylor, Netherlands…

x

Share: Living Planet: Fessenheim, fracking and food waste


Living Planet: Forests on center stage

2011-10-06 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 30s

Got a few spare million? Then why not max the energy efficiency at your office with Energy Plus? Or get into the new Green Economy and learn how to capitalize on forests sustainably, and make plastic from sugar waste.You can listen to the show online or subscribe to Living Planet as a podcast. Click on the links below for the individual items.Energy Plus efficiency and self-sufficiencyA solar company in Hannover has spent millions on rennovating a 100 year old building to make it totally energy efficient and self-sufficient.The German Chancellor Angela Merkel has indicated that her government may cut subsidies for solar energy technology again because it simply doesn't pay. Merkel says solar power uses up 50 percent of the government's budget for renewable energy, but produces two percent of the country's electricity. The government seems intent on putting more cash into wind energy now. There's certainly more wind in Germany than sun. But it's not a particularly innovative observation, but one that may have implications for German firms like AS Solar in Hannover. They have just spent 7.5 million euros ($10 million) on renovating their offices - in a 100 year old building - to make them totally energy efficient, self-sufficient, and even energy producing. It's called 'energy plus' and could become the latest green energy trend - despite any new government plans. Report: Jonathan Gifford, HannoverForests and the new Green EconomyThe UN Forum on Forests says we need to recognize the value in forests for sustainable financial and social gain.As government heads and NGOs prepare for next month's UN climate summit in Durban, a select group of forest experts is in Bonn - working towards the summit after - the landmark Rio +20 Earth Summit. Forests are vital for a third of all earthly - non-human - species, and for the livelihoods of 1.6 billion people as well. But the world still loses vast tracts of forest to industry and logging every year. And the Bonn meeting wants to change that with a new set of recommendations on sustainable forest management that can help create a Green Economy. That's not exactly the green economy as we used to know it - the one that involved the development and sale of renewable energy technology. The new Green Economy is about developing ways to use our forests for financial and social gains, but without destroying them. Interview: Zulfikar Abbany / Jan McAlpine, director, United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF)Costa Rica's pay-per-use rescue schemeIt took Costa Rica 20 years to stop the destruction of its forests, but it has with a 'pay-per-use' tax system.Costa Rica is a country that - in the words of a former environment minister - used to promote almost every industry that destroyed forests. That former environment minister is Carlos Manuel Rodríguez. He says there was a time when Costa Rica believed forests were 'unproductive land' and so, back in the 1970 and 80s, during a boom in the fast food industry, the country saw its chance to transform its tropical forests and eco-systems into cattle ranches - and it did well. But it was a political quick fix and it took Costa Rica another 20 years to stop the destruction and finally start increasing its forest cover again. Interview: Zulfikar Abbany / Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, former environment minister of Costa Rica and current vice president for conservation policy, Conservation International Bioplastics from sugar beet wasteAn Italian firm says it has developed a new bioplastic - using waste from sugar beet production - that will reduce the environmental impact of production by keeping things local.Plastics are a terrible waste. They're a terrible waste of petroleum when they're produced, and a terrible waste when empty wrappers and other packaging become the litter on our streets or washed up on our beaches. So, for many years now, scientists have been trying to come up with totally biodegradable plastics - and some have succeeded to make various new plastics for various applications. But now an Italian firm wants to take the idea a step further by not only reducing the mountains of plastic waste we create, but also reducing the environmental impact of production by producing its plastic locally. It makes its bioplastic with the waste from a sugar beet factory next door. Report: Dany Mitzman, Minerbio, northern Italy…

x

Share: Living Planet: Forests on center stage


Living Planet: Ecuador's Yasuni gambit

2011-09-29 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 30s

Ecuador's conservation offer: pay us not to drill for oil; the growing voluntary carbon market; Argentina's efforts to clean up one of the world's dirtiest rivers; and the endless cities of the 21st Century.You can listen to the show online or subscribe to Living Planet as a podcast. Click on the links below for the individual items. Ecuador seeks $100 million for Yasuni by DecemberAmid this month's addresses to the UN General Assembly in New York, Ecuador's President Rafael Correa made a novel appeal to the international community.If the world can raise $100 million by the end of the year, Correa's government will hold off on exploiting the oil of Yasuni national park. The idea is to compensate countries for the environmental services that they are providing for everyone on the planet. If it gets off the ground, the Yasuni-ITT project promises to set a major precedent. Report: Christina Aanestad, EcuadorForests growing stake in the voluntary carbon marketAccording to a new report, investment is booming in voluntary forestry projects that aim to offset carbon emissions in industrialized countries. DW speaks to Katherine Hamilton, one of the author's of this year's State of the Forest Carbon Markets report put out by the Washington-based Ecosystem Marketplace, which tracks the trade in environmental services. Interview: Nathan Witkop / Katherine HamiltonArgentina resolves to clean up the Riachuelo RiverArgentina is gradually trying to clean up one of the dirtiest rivers in the world: The Riachuelo.Residents of Buenos Aires have been campaigning for years to clean up the Riachuelo, which has suffered from the country's industrialization. Now they've received a boost from an international Greenpeace campaign called Dirty Laundry, which is targeting some of the world's leading clothing manufacturers. Report: Sean Sinico Two perspectives on the future of the world's slumsIt's estimated that three in four people will be living in cities by 2050.While London grew by around a sixth during the 20th century, Sao Paolo in Brazil expanded by nearly 8000 percent. Cities in India and China have also experienced exponential growth. With this trend set to become a hallmark of the 21st Century, city planners face a gigantic headache. Report: Nik Martin, London…

x

Share: Living Planet: Ecuador's Yasuni gambit


Living Planet: Indonesian palm oil

2011-09-22 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 30s

Indonesia's balancing act between rainforests and development; carbon storage prepares to face its final hurdle in Germany; greener shipping; wave power; and a duo of pranksters who hope to make the world a better place, one stunt at a time.You can listen to the show online or subscribe to Living Planet as a podcast. Click on the links below for the individual items. Indonesia grapples with sustainable palm oilIndonesia is trying to make its palm oil industry 'sustainable,' but there are few incentives for companies to behave ethically.Indonesia and Malaysia are the world's biggest producers of a product that is making its way into everything from lipstick to car engines. DW reports from the Indonesia island of Borneo. Report: Sandy Hausman, BorneoCarbon storage prepares for its final hurdle in GermanyThis Friday, Germany's upper house of parliament – the Bundesrat – will vote on plans to approve technology that captures and stores industrial carbon emissions.Carbon Capture and Storage – also known as CCS – is controversial in Germany. Although it aims to make industry greener by burying CO2 underground, critics fear the technology is immature and potentially dangerous. And some of those critics can be found in Chancellor Angela Merkel's own government. Report: Greg WiserWave power makes a splash in SpainThis summer the world's first commercial wave energy plant went online in northern Spain.The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change expects that wave energy could some day meet 30 percent of the world's electricity needs, but for now the technology is in its early stages. Nonetheless, commercial wave power is now supplying electricity to the costal town of Mutriku. Report: Sean Sinico (Reinhard Spiegelhauer, Mutriku)Hamburg convenes meeting to make shipping greenerThe world's economy depends on reliable transport routes. Most imports and exports today take place aboard huge container vessels. So how can freight and related activities in ports around the world be made more environmentally friendly? That was a topic of discussion among around 200 experts, politicians and industry figures at the Greenport congress in Hamburg. Report: Julian Bohne, HamburgPranksters hope to improve the world, one stunt at a timeThe 'Yes Men' use hoaxes and humor to tackle the word's neglected problems.A duo of American activist-comedians is trying to change the way people lobby for a better world. DW caught up with them in Amsterdam. Report: Cintia Taylor, Amsterdam…

x

Share: Living Planet: Indonesian palm oil


Living Planet: Decommissioning a reactor

2011-06-30
Length: 30m 0s

As Germany passes legislation to exit nuclear energy, we visit one of the country's ex-nuclear plants that's still a hive of activity; A clever organic idea for tackling crop pests in the tropics; Ghana's e-waste problem; Some success in beating desertifi…

x

Share: Living Planet: Decommissioning a reactor


Living Planet: A right to water

2011-06-23
Length: 30m 0s

We ask whether we should consider water a human right; A look back at the outcome of this month's climate talks in Bonn; New science shows faster warming in the Arctic; and the US and Vietnam begin a new chapter of cooperation to tackle the legacy of Agen…

x

Share: Living Planet: A right to water


Living Planet: Panel: Climate change and extreme events

2011-06-16
Length: 30m 0s

Special: A panel discussion on the link between climate change and extreme events, and what steps we should be taking – if any – to brace ourselves. The panelists include Thomas Loster, head of the Munich Re Foundation; Shafqat Kakakhel, a former deputy e…

x

Share: Living Planet: Panel: Climate change and extreme events


Living Planet: Saving reefs and battling dams

2011-06-09
Length: 30m 0s

We get an update on the state of climate talks; A program in Indonesia saves reefs and supports locals; We talk with an expert about the climate threat to reefs; Merkel's cabinet agrees to phase out nuclear power by 2022; Brazil stands behind its huge Ama…

x

Share: Living Planet: Saving reefs and battling dams


Living Planet: Sea turtles and slow fish

2011-06-02
Length: 29m 59s

This week we hear how Turkey's turtle-rescuer has secured a beach sanctuary for loggerhead turtles; Slow Fish promotes different kinds of seafood to benefit fishermen, consumers and the oceans; some good news for tropical forests; and the mixed state of m…

x

Share: Living Planet: Sea turtles and slow fish


Living Planet: Europe seeks resource efficiency

2011-05-26
Length: 30m 18s

Living Planet examines Europe's push for resource efficiency and a green economy; Spanish motorists rev up debate over the need for less speed; International Day for Biodiversity focuses on climate change's role in species loss; And the Dutch put insects …

x

Share: Living Planet: Europe seeks resource efficiency


Living Planet: Coy eels and precocious boars

2011-05-19
Length: 30m 0s

Living Planet follows an eel restocking program on the Rhine River; A look at the IPCC's recent report on renewable energies' prospects in the coming decades; and Berlin struggles with too few trees and too many wild boars.You can listen to the show onlin…

x

Share: Living Planet: Coy eels and precocious boars


Living Planet: Arctic spoils and promiscuous horses

2011-05-12
Length: 30m 19s

Arctic neighbors hammer out new rules to exploit the Arctic's untapped resources; Spain's review of feed-in tariffs tempers enthusiasm for renewable energy investments; Hemp supporters tout cannabis as a solution to South Africa's housing shortage; and pr…

x

Share: Living Planet: Arctic spoils and promiscuous horses


Living Planet: Food, corruption, cradles and hamsters

2011-05-05
Length: 30m 19s

Growing the world's food supply in the face of environmental constraints; the Cradle to Cradle movement to rethink how we use resources in the 21st century; corruption in climate finance and France's disappearing hamsters.You can listen to the show online…

x

Share: Living Planet: Food, corruption, cradles and hamsters


Living Planet: Cycling's all the rage

2011-04-28
Length: 30m 0s

Cycling road rage in London; making pedal power a more attractive option; the Netherland's solar bike-track plans; and some disappointing facts about biodegradable bags in Germany. You can listen to the show online or subscribe to Living Planet as a podc…

x

Share: Living Planet: Cycling's all the rage


Living Planet: Zoos and zoology and energy disasters

2011-04-21
Length: 30m 18s

From zoos to airlifts - new moves to save what's left of the earth's wildlife, Chernobyl's sarcophagus needs more than money and the Norwegian scientists developing dispersants for the next oil spill.You can listen to the show online or subscribe to Livin…

x

Share: Living Planet: Zoos and zoology and energy disasters


Living Planet: Happier bees and reclaiming nature

2011-04-14
Length: 30m 19s

Apiarists say Italy's bees have been bouncing back thanks to the suspension of a type of pesticide, organic wines compete with their conventional cousins and turning bombing grounds and industrial wastelands into nature reserves.You can listen to the show…

x

Share: Living Planet: Happier bees and reclaiming nature


Living Planet: Revisiting Chernobyl and Europe's air pollution

2011-04-07
Length: 30m 18s

We revisit the Chernobyl accident to ask if its health impacts were exaggerated, and from 'green zones' to London smog we look at some of the difficulties in tackling air pollution in Europe.You can listen to the show online or subscribe to Living Planet …

x

Share: Living Planet: Revisiting Chernobyl and Europe's air pollution


Living Planet: Triumphant Greens, banning cars and measuring a nitrogen footprint

2011-03-31
Length: 30m 17s

Germany's Greens get their best opportunity to date to turn their ideas into practice; Brussels gets into a mix up over banning cars and the online tool to help you measure your nitrogen footprint.You can listen to the show online or subscribe to Living P…

x

Share: Living Planet: Triumphant Greens, banning cars and measuring a nitrogen footprint


Living Planet: Smart grids, meat-free Thursdays and jaywalking frogs

2011-03-24
Length: 30m 19s

Smarter grids for a smarter future; Louisiana's Vietnamese community gets frustrated with BP's compensation scheme; Ghent's meat-free Thursdays gain increasing support; Helping frogs across the road. You can listen to the show online or subscribe to Livi…

x

Share: Living Planet: Smart grids, meat-free Thursdays and jaywalking frogs


Living Planet: Nuclear fallout, melting ice and a road through Serengeti

2011-03-17
Length: 30m 0s

As Japan's nuclear crisis hangs in the balance, political fallout reaches Europe; Tanzania sticks to plans for a road through the Serengeti; setting sailing records in the Arctic You can listen to the show online or subscribe to Living Planet as a podcast…

x

Share: Living Planet: Nuclear fallout, melting ice and a road through Serengeti


Living Planet: Passive homes and sustainable housing; Khimki activists; Italian sewage

2011-03-10
Length: 30m 18s

Designing smarter homes – from London's Ecobuild to Brooklyn's first passive house; Russian activists take their struggle for the Khimki forest to Europe; Fixing Italy's troubled sewage system You can listen to the show online or subscribe to Living Plane…

x

Share: Living Planet: Passive homes and sustainable housing; Khimki activists; Italian sewage


Living Planet: Fox hunting; Brazilian logging; forest communities; 'Upcylcing' hoses

2011-03-03
Length: 30m 19s

Is an annual cull the best way of managing fox populations? Brazil's conflicted relationship with its forests; Giving forest dwellers a greater say over their territory; An 'upcycling' enterprise turns fire hoses into fashion. You can listen to the show o…

x

Share: Living Planet: Fox hunting; Brazilian logging; forest communities; 'Upcylcing' hoses


Living Planet: Focus on the illegal bushmeat trade

2011-02-24
Length: 30m 19s

We travel from France to Zimbabwe, to examine the illegal trade in wild animal meat.You can listen to the show online or subscribe to Living Planet as a podcast. Click on the links below for the individual reports.Interview with Primatologist Melanie Virt…

x

Share: Living Planet: Focus on the illegal bushmeat trade


Living Planet: Global drylands, the British forest sell-off and a new American Dream

2011-02-17
Length: 30m 18s

UN delegates gather in Bonn to tackle desertification, cross-party criticism and public protest bring down Britain's planned forest sale and prominent thinkers dream up a sustainable new future.You can listen to the show online or subscribe to Living Plan…

x

Share: Living Planet: Global drylands, the British forest sell-off and a new American Dream


Living Planet: Arctic trade routes, upcycled fashion and South Korean carbon trading

2011-02-10
Length: 30m 19s

The rush to claim new Arctic trade routes, cast-off textiles turned into high fashion works of wonder and scepticism over South Korea’s ‘Green Growth’ program. You can listen to the show online or subscribe to Living Planet as a podcast. Click on the link…

x

Share: Living Planet: Arctic trade routes, upcycled fashion and South Korean carbon trading


Living Planet: Water scarcity, low-energy housing and the EU energy summit

2011-02-03
Length: 30m 19s

Water activists in Amsterdam launch a battle against the bottle, zero-energy housing becomes cheaper and EU leaders meet in Brussels for the first energy summit in the history of the bloc.You can listen to the show online or subscribe to Living Planet as …

x

Share: Living Planet: Water scarcity, low-energy housing and the EU energy summit


Living Planet: The World Bank's climate finance; Green Week; Recycling buildings; Sweden's wolf cull

2011-01-27
Length: 30m 0s

Germany's dioxin scandal looms over this year's Green Week agricultural fair; Sweden's wolf cull ignites passions from Stockholm to Brussels; The construction industry considers recycling buildings; and the World Bank's push to take part in climate financ…

x

Share: Living Planet: The World Bank's climate finance; Green Week; Recycling buildings; Sweden's wolf cull


Living Planet: Changing a river's course, Saudi wetlands, green rhetoric, food security

2011-01-20
Length: 30m 18s

A radical idea for saving New Orleans from flooding; reversing years of neglect for Saudi wetlands; the gap between German environmental rhetoric and action; and food security creeps back on to the international agenda.You can listen to the show online or…

x

Share: Living Planet: Changing a river's course, Saudi wetlands, green rhetoric, food security


Living Planet: Venice's sea wall, fish conflict-mediation, industrial agriculture, Rwandan methane

2011-01-13
Length: 30m 18s

Venice's sea wall divides residents; what Swedes are learning from managing their fisheries; Germany's dioxin scandal prompts questioning of its food chain; and Rwanda reaps energy from the threat lurking in Lake Kivu. You can listen to the show online or…

x

Share: Living Planet: Venice's sea wall, fish conflict-mediation, industrial agriculture, Rwandan methane


Living Planet: Growing biofuels, Canadian pipelines, a year for bats

2011-01-06
Length: 30m 19s

With E10 hitting soon to hit service stations in Germany, we take a look at some of the views on planting crops for cars; Indigenous groups fall in behind plans for a massive pipeline-project in Canada; Dioxin makes its way into Germans' groceries; and 20…

x

Share: Living Planet: Growing biofuels, Canadian pipelines, a year for bats


Living Planet: Lurking microbes, biofuel boom, climate change induced migration

2010-12-30
Length: 30m 18s

Hamburg becomes the second ever European Green Capital, global warming brings immigration issues to a boiling point and scientists make new discoveries about microbes in the Brazilian rainforest. You can listen to the show onine or subscribe to Living Pla…

x

Share: Living Planet: Lurking microbes, biofuel boom, climate change induced migration


Living Planet: Eating aliens, Indian bees, Hydrogen cars, Cancun success?

2010-12-23
Length: 30m 0s

One man's answer to invasive species - hunt 'em, cook 'em and make a TV show about it; Saving Indian bees and farmers; Hydrogen cars make stealthy progress; and just why was Cancun a success?You can listen to the show online or subscribe to Living Planet …

x

Share: Living Planet: Eating aliens, Indian bees, Hydrogen cars, Cancun success?


Living Planet: Electric cars, Russia's Khimki forest, health and climate, Canadian pipelines

2010-12-17
Length: 30m 19s

We get behind the wheel of a Nissan LEAF, as electric cars hit selected markets; The battle over Russia's Khimki forest resumes; The climate threat to human health; and indigenous Canadians resist an oil pipeline.You can listen to the show online or subsc…

x

Share: Living Planet: Electric cars, Russia's Khimki forest, health and climate, Canadian pipelines


Living Planet: Electric cars, Russia's Khimki forest, health and climate, Canadian pipelines

2010-12-16
Length: 30m 19s

We get behind the wheel of a Nissan LEAF, as electric cars hit selected markets; The battle over Russia's Khimki forest resumes; The climate threat to human health; and indigenous Canadians resist an oil pipeline.You can listen to the show online or subsc…

x

Share: Living Planet: Electric cars, Russia's Khimki forest, health and climate, Canadian pipelines


Living Planet: UN climate summit in Cancun, Mexico

2010-12-10
Length: 30m 17s

Emission reduction targets - the gap between what's been pledged and what science says is needed; Coping with the financial burden of climate change; Fighting deforestation - sustainable forest management; In 80 days around the world - using only renewabl…

x

Share: Living Planet: UN climate summit in Cancun, Mexico


Living Planet: UN climate summit in Cancun, Mexico

2010-12-09
Length: 30m 17s

Emission reduction targets - the gap between what's been pledged and what science says is needed; Coping with the financial burden of climate change; Fighting deforestation - sustainable forest management; In 80 days around the world - using only renewabl…

x

Share: Living Planet: UN climate summit in Cancun, Mexico


Living Planet: Climate talks begin, Kiribati sinking, climate migration, melting glaciers

2010-12-02
Length: 30m 19s

Cancun climate talks get off to a subdued start; Kiribati struggles with a rising sea; How accurately can we estimate climate migration? Melting Himalayan glaciers threaten regional floods and drought.You can listen to the show online or subscribe to Livi…

x

Share: Living Planet: Climate talks begin, Kiribati sinking, climate migration, melting glaciers


Living Planet: The EU at Cancun, solar bottlenecks, tuna wars and a tiger breakthrough

2010-11-25
Length: 30m 19s

We hear from the EU climate chief heading into Cancun; A bottleneck squeezes the German solar industry; Environmentalist and fishermen face off in Paris over tuna; and Russia clinches a deal to save tigers from extinction. You can listen to the show onlin…

x

Share: Living Planet: The EU at Cancun, solar bottlenecks, tuna wars and a tiger breakthrough


Living Planet: Tiger protection, aquaponics, Mexican GM corn and exporting waste to Russia

2010-11-18
Length: 30m 19s

We look at efforts to save tigers from extinction in the wild, as Russia prepares to hold a key conservation summit ++ Genetically modified corn takes root in Mexico ++ A super efficient farming operation, right in the middle of London ++ And a controvers…

x

Share: Living Planet: Tiger protection, aquaponics, Mexican GM corn and exporting waste to Russia


Living Planet: Germany's beef with nuclear

2010-11-12
Length: 30m 18s

A train delivery of waste provokes some of Germany's biggest anti-nuclear protests ever ++ A geophysicist talks about storing nuclear waste ++ Bottrop's vision of an innovative future ++ Denmark's poor score on WWF's sustainability index You can listen to…

x

Share: Living Planet: Germany's beef with nuclear


Living Planet: Germany's beef with nuclear

2010-11-11
Length: 30m 18s

A train delivery of waste provokes some of Germany's biggest anti-nuclear protests ever ++ A geophysicist talks about storing nuclear waste ++ Bottrop's vision of an innovative future ++ Denmark's poor score on WWF's sustainability index You can listen to…

x

Share: Living Planet: Germany's beef with nuclear


Living Planet: Humans and animals

2010-11-04
Length: 30m 19s

The Pie Noir cow comes back from the brink of extinction thanks to foodies ++ The Nagoya biodiversity summit ends with a breakthrough ++ A food bank for pets ++ Ending live bear bile farming – a profile of animal welfare activist Jill RobinsonYou can list…

x

Share: Living Planet: Humans and animals


Living Planet: Biodiversity talks - what the world's discussing in Nagoya

2010-10-28
Length: 30m 19s

We cross to the talks on biodiversity in Japan to hear what our governments are doing to tackle species loss ++ Are further toxic waste accidents just waiting to happen in Hungary? ++ Divvying up the royalties of the earth's genetic riches ++ A look at …

x

Share: Living Planet: Biodiversity talks - what the world's discussing in Nagoya


Living Planet: Biodiversity special: The various threats to Earth's species

2010-10-21
Length: 30m 18s

Biodiversity special: With the world gathering in Nagoya, Japan, to discuss ways of reversing biodiversity loss, Living Planet looks at the diversity of the challenge. The chytrid fungus devastating frogs ++ What poaching means for a mammal like the saiga…

x

Share: Living Planet: Biodiversity special: The various threats to Earth's species


Living Planet: Environment matters from around the world

2010-10-14
Length: 30m 18s

European bats hold out hope for saving their American cousins from a devastating disease ++ Update on Hungary's toxic spill ++ A low-tech bid to improve energy efficiency in Kyrgyzstan ++ The danger of synthetic pollutants creeping into our waterways and …

x

Share: Living Planet: Environment matters from around the world


Living Planet: Environment matters from around the world

2010-10-08
Length: 30m 19s

Hungary's toxic spill threatens Europe's Danube river ++ The transformation of China's livestock industry ++ Hamburg's port embraces a little Tai Chi ++ Whale conservationists kick up a commotion about noise pollution You can listen to the show online or …

x

Share: Living Planet: Environment matters from around the world


Living Planet: Environment matters from around the world

2010-10-07
Length: 30m 19s

Hungary's toxic spill threatens Europe's Danube river ++ The transformation of China's livestock industry ++ Hamburg's port embraces a little Tai Chi ++ Whale conservationists kick up a commotion about noise pollution You can listen to the show online or …

x

Share: Living Planet: Environment matters from around the world


Living Planet: Environment matters from around the world

2010-10-01
Length: 30m 19s

A bright idea for Nepal runs into trouble; rethinking a house of straw; Naples' rubbish problem is swept under the carpet; and Germany marks 20 years of reunification – we visit a town synonymous with communist-era environmental destruction.You can listen…

x

Share: Living Planet: Environment matters from around the world


Living Planet: Environment matters from around the world

2010-09-30
Length: 30m 19s

A bright idea for Nepal runs into trouble; rethinking a house of straw; Naples' rubbish problem is swept under the carpet; and Germany marks 20 years of reunification – we visit a town synonymous with communist-era environmental destruction.You can listen…

x

Share: Living Planet: Environment matters from around the world


Living Planet: Environment matters from around the world

2010-09-24
Length: 30m 18s

'Stop the Loss' roundtable on the biodiversity crisis: A special show this week, we hear from a panel of alternative Nobel prize-winners discussing what needs to be done to reverse the world's current catastrophic rate of extinctions. You can listen to th…

x

Share: Living Planet: Environment matters from around the world


Living Planet: Environment matters from around the world

2010-09-23
Length: 30m 18s

'Stop the Loss' roundtable on the biodiversity crisis: A special show this week, we hear from a panel of alternative Nobel prize-winners discussing what needs to be done to reverse the world's current catastrophic rate of extinctions. You can listen to th…

x

Share: Living Planet: Environment matters from around the world


Living Planet: Environment matters from around the world

2010-09-17
Length: 30m 18s

In this edition: The mystery behind Nepal's corn crop failure - Truce between loggers and environmentalists in Canada? - A safer environment for both humans and the endangered leopard in Pakistan - World Ozone DayYou can listen to Living Planet online or …

x

Share: Living Planet: Environment matters from around the world


Living Planet: Environment matters from around the world

2010-09-16
Length: 30m 18s

In this edition: The mystery behind Nepal's corn crop failure - Truce between loggers and environmentalists in Canada? - A safer environment for both humans and the endangered leopard in Pakistan - World Ozone DayYou can listen to Living Planet online or …

x

Share: Living Planet: Environment matters from around the world


Living Planet: Environment matters from around the world

2010-09-10
Length: 30m 18s

It's all about water at Stockholm's world water week; Some of the challenges involved in getting people to pay for a resource they've taken for granted; A profile of Rita Colwell, awarded this year's Stockholm water prize for her efforts in combating Chol…

x

Share: Living Planet: Environment matters from around the world


Living Planet: Environment matters from around the world

2010-09-09
Length: 30m 18s

It's all about water at Stockholm's world water week; Some of the challenges involved in getting people to pay for a resource they've taken for granted; A profile of Rita Colwell, awarded this year's Stockholm water prize for her efforts in combating Chol…

x

Share: Living Planet: Environment matters from around the world


Living Planet: Environment matters from around the world

2010-09-02
Length: 29m 59s

Living dangerously on one of the world's highest peaks; A look at the pressures on European bats; Changing bears behavior in Slovakia - for their own sake; and a Dutch astronaut-turned-sailor and his obsession with a more sustainable life.You can listen t…

x

Share: Living Planet: Environment matters from around the world


Living Planet: Money in whaling and human-wildlife diseases

0000-00-00 :: DW-WORLD.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 30s

We look at efforts to 'clean up' the International Whaling Commission; A bear poacher turns gamekeeper in Taiwan; Bright prospects for Kenyan renewables; and we discuss the roles of nature and humans in spreading infectious diseases. You can listen to the…

x

Share: Living Planet: Money in whaling and human-wildlife diseases


Living Planet: Greening Europe's farms

0000-00-00 :: DW-WORLD.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 30s

We look at the idea of paying Europe's farmers to protect nature: With budget proposals out for the EU's 2014-2020 budget, we hear how changes to agriculture spending are being received on the continent and in the UK; we also speak to the EU's environment…

x

Share: Living Planet: Greening Europe's farms


Living Planet: Marshalling water

0000-00-00 :: DW-WORLD.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 30s

Profligate utility companies in the UK; An enormous Chilean dam project prompts accusations of state corruption; A community that's reviving old bread-making techniques on the banks of the river Po; and a project aimed at curbing the trade in illegal timb…

x

Share: Living Planet: Marshalling water


Living Planet: Gunning for forests

0000-00-00 :: DW-WORLD.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 30s

Environmental assassinations in Brazil; The pilot project that's turning poor countries' sewage problems into a source of fuel; European beekeepers' battle with the varroa mite; and thorium reactors.You can listen to the show online or subscribe to Living…

x

Share: Living Planet: Gunning for forests


Living Planet: Wind parks and animals

0000-00-00 :: DW-WORLD.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 30s

The environmental impact of wind parks; UK veterans fight for nuclear-test compensation; and a visit to one of Germany's recently-declared UNESCO world heritage parks You can listen to the show online or subscribe to Living Planet as a podcast. Click on t…

x

Share: Living Planet: Wind parks and animals


Living Planet: Airline emissions

0000-00-00 :: DW-WORLD.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 30s

Europe wants airlines included in its emissions trading scheme next year, but foreign carriers are furious; Cleaning up one of the world's worst - and least talked about - oil spills; rethinking food relief in East Africa; Expiring swine flu vaccines; and…

x

Share: Living Planet: Airline emissions


Living Planet: Fish fight

0000-00-00 :: DW-WORLD.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 30s

A TV show in the UK about sustainable fishing appears to be making a difference; What Indonesia might learn from China and India when it comes to preserving forests; A trial program in Cologne gives personalized advice on reducing one's CO2 footprint; 'Ca…

x

Share: Living Planet: Fish fight


Living Planet: Living Planet - Our water challenges

0000-00-00 :: DW-WORLD.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 30s

Experts are looking for solutions to our water problems at World Water Week; Turning seawater into freshwater through desalination has some environmental downsides; More people are swimming in the Rhine, but it's not as clean as they think; A carpenter bu…

x

Share: Living Planet: Living Planet - Our water challenges


Living Planet: Damning dams

0000-00-00 :: DW-WORLD.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 30s

It may take decades for Brazil's massive new Belo Monte dam to repay its methane debt; Endangered European bison find a home in a former Red Army base; Glaciers, weather and the US-Europe public divide on climate change; and why Frankfurt Airport is exper…

x

Share: Living Planet: Damning dams


Living Planet: Smart meters and the struggle for top soil

0000-00-00 :: DW-WORLD.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 30s

The Belgian city of Leuven trials a smart meter in cars to track people's driving habits and charge a tax by the kilometer, while the UN Convention to Combat Desertification pushes for more action to restore degraded farming land, Greenpeace turns 40, and…

x

Share: Living Planet: Smart meters and the struggle for top soil


Living Planet: Sniffer dogs and turtles

0000-00-00 :: DW-WORLD.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 30s

We look back at Japan's devastating earthquake and the ongoing problems at its Fukushima reactors; Frankfurt Airport deploys sniffer dogs for wildlife seizures; A volunteer program to save sea turtles on the Cape Verde islands; and Greenwashing in Berlin.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Sniffer dogs and turtles


Living Planet: Indonesian palm oil

0000-00-00 :: DW-WORLD.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 30s

Indonesia's balancing act between rainforests and development; carbon storage prepares to face its final hurdle in Germany; greener shipping; wave power; and a duo of pranksters who hope to make the world a better place, one stunt at a time.You can listen…

x

Share: Living Planet: Indonesian palm oil


Living Planet: Forests on center stage

0000-00-00 :: DW-WORLD.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 30s

Got a few spare million? Then why not max the energy efficiency at your office with Energy Plus? Or get into the new Green Economy and learn how to capitalize on forests sustainably, and make plastic from sugar waste.You can listen to the show online or s…

x

Share: Living Planet: Forests on center stage


Living Planet: Ecuador's Yasuni gambit

0000-00-00 :: DW-WORLD.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 30s

Ecuador's conservation offer: pay us not to drill for oil; the growing voluntary carbon market; Argentina's efforts to clean up one of the world's dirtiest rivers; and the endless cities of the 21st Century.You can listen to the show online or subscribe t…

x

Share: Living Planet: Ecuador's Yasuni gambit


Living Planet: Fessenheim, fracking and food waste

0000-00-00 :: DW-WORLD.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 30s

Authorities prepare to decide the fate of France's oldest reactor amid rising anti-nuclear sentiment; a backlash against 'fracking' gathers in Germany; we talk to the director of a film that follows our food waste; and the Dutch lead the way in growing me…

x

Share: Living Planet: Fessenheim, fracking and food waste


Living Planet: Climate wars

0000-00-00 :: DW-WORLD.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 30s

Is it an exaggeration to talk of climate wars? We hear from soldiers and doctors who fear the security and health implications of climate change are not being appreciated. We also hear about Germany's diffidence towards electric cars, a novel idea for rec…

x

Share: Living Planet: Climate wars


Living Planet: A new Rainbow

0000-00-00 :: DW-WORLD.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 30s

A new Rainbow: We step on board Greenpeace's new Rainbow Warrior III; Europe increases its dependence on other people's land; We drop in on a rescue centre for storks in Cambodia and fish versus energy – the simmering dispute between countries that shar…

x

Share: Living Planet: A new Rainbow


Living Planet: What to do with E-waste?

0000-00-00 :: DW-WORLD.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 30s

We look at more eco-friendly ways to recycle electronics; we have a sampling of one of the largest animal sound archives in the world; whales and dolphins are fighting an uphill battle - under water; and we look at the complications of climate change in t…

x

Share: Living Planet: What to do with E-waste?


Living Planet: Acid earth

0000-00-00 :: DW-WORLD.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 30s

Acid earth: US scientists warn that we are rapidly changing the chemical composition of soils and waterways; shifting food production to cities; promoting alternative farming in Nigeria; and eco tourism provides a better livelihood in rural Cambodia. You …

x

Share: Living Planet: Acid earth


Living Planet: Food and climate

0000-00-00 :: DW-WORLD.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 30s

Food and climate: As the clock counts down to this year's climate negotiations in Durban, we look at some of the links between food and climate; the IEA's 25-year energy outlook contains difficult implications for Germany; getting sewage out of the Thames…

x

Share: Living Planet: Food and climate


Living Planet: Financing Climate Protection

0000-00-00 :: DW-WORLD.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 30s

As climate change tightens its grip on the world, Bangladesh warns that time is running out; Middle Eastern and North African nations face challenging hurdles to go green; and solar technology designers look for ways to brighten the lives of girls.You can…

x

Share: Living Planet: Financing Climate Protection


Living Planet: Uganda strikes oil

0000-00-00 :: DW-WORLD.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

Uganda's oil fever bodes badly for its environment; Scientists make a breakthrough in predicting earthquakes; Latvians embrace worms; Taipei 101 aims to be the world's tallest 'green' building; and a look at efforts to save two species of endangered birds…

x

Share: Living Planet: Uganda strikes oil


Living Planet: Canada and Kyoto

0000-00-00 :: DW-WORLD.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

Canada and Kyoto: Canada pulls out of the Kyoto Protocol just one day after the close of climate talks in Durban; Sri Lanka's peace poses new problems for balancing tourism with the environment; DW visits a Dutch rooftop farm; and a bright idea wins Germa…

x

Share: Living Planet: Canada and Kyoto


Living Planet: Prosperity vs preservation

0000-00-00 :: DW-WORLD.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 30s

Energy giants in Brazil tap deep-sea oil fields; South Africa investigates the connection between climate change and social instability; the EU lifts a ban on stevia; and music event organisers try to preserve festival fun while keeping their green creden…

x

Share: Living Planet: Prosperity vs preservation


Living Planet: What is so special about carbon?

0000-00-00 :: DW-WORLD.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

Eco-guards are dispatched to the Gishwati rainforest in Rwanda; we travel to India to investigate carbon offset programs; forest-dwelling indigenous groups want more say in the future of their homes; and developing nations report bullying at the climate n…

x

Share: Living Planet: What is so special about carbon?


Living Planet: Looking back at 2011

0000-00-00 :: DW-WORLD.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

Looking back at 2011: Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster; Germany to phase out nuclear energy; smart grids necessary to handle renewables; France fights over its controversial nuclear power plant in Fessenheim; concerns about methane plague Brazil's Belo …

x

Share: Living Planet: Looking back at 2011


Living Planet: Locking out elephants

0000-00-00 :: DW-WORLD.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 30s

We visit a reserve in Sri Lanka where they're locking the elephants out and keeping the humans in; we chat with a researcher about her team's new paper in Science on predicting ocean circulation and its climate impacts; and we hear from fair trades in Sou…

x

Share: Living Planet: Locking out elephants


Living Planet: Hamburg's cruise pollution

0000-00-00 :: DW-WORLD.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

We hear from a push in Hamburg to tackle cruise ships' port-based soot emissions; plans for Europe's biggest gold mine divide a small town in Romania; an energy austerity drive gathers support amid campaigning for France's presidential elections; and tsun…

x

Share: Living Planet: Hamburg's cruise pollution


Living Planet: Fracking in the US and Europe

0000-00-00 :: DW-WORLD.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 29s

This week we look at two examples of fracking in the US and Europe; as South Sudan and its northern neighbor resume revenue-sharing talks, we look at the role of oil in their conflict; and a molecule to cool the planet – is its recent discovery good new…

x

Share: Living Planet: Fracking in the US and Europe


Living Planet: Trading blows

0000-00-00 :: DW-WORLD.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 30s

A special show this week – we focus on the dispute over applying Europe's emissions trading scheme to aviation. Also, are more sharks responsible for more shark attacks in Australia? You can listen to the show online or subscribe to Living Planet as a …

x

Share: Living Planet: Trading blows


Living Planet: Smart meters and the struggle for top soil

0000-00-00 :: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 30s

The Belgian city of Leuven trials a smart meter in cars to track people's driving habits and charge a tax by the kilometer, while the UN Convention to Combat Desertification pushes for more action to restore degraded farming land, Greenpeace turns 40, and…

x

Share: Living Planet: Smart meters and the struggle for top soil


Living Planet: Sniffer dogs and turtles

0000-00-00 :: DW-WORLD.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 30s

We look back at Japan's devastating earthquake and the ongoing problems at its Fukushima reactors; Frankfurt Airport deploys sniffer dogs for wildlife seizures; A volunteer program to save sea turtles on the Cape Verde islands; and Greenwashing in Berlin.…

x

Share: Living Planet: Sniffer dogs and turtles


Living Planet: Damning dams

0000-00-00 :: DW-WORLD.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 30s

It may take decades for Brazil's massive new Belo Monte dam to repay its methane debt; Endangered European bison find a home in a former Red Army base; Glaciers, weather and the US-Europe public divide on climate change; and why Frankfurt Airport is exper…

x

Share: Living Planet: Damning dams


Living Planet: Living Planet - Our water challenges

0000-00-00 :: DW-WORLD.DE | Deutsche Welle
Length: 30s

Experts are looking for solutions to our water problems at World Water Week; Turning seawater into freshwater through desalination has some environmental downsides; More people are swimming in the Rhine, but it's not as clean as they think; A carpenter bu…

x

Share: Living Planet: Living Planet - Our water challenges


Living Planet

Exploring the environmental issues facing the world today. this prize-winning weekly radio magazine brings you environmental news, background reports, interviews and features from our international network of correspondents.

Living Planet


Switch to our mobile site