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

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Toxic: Coal ash, pesticides & politics

May 19th, 2022


Australians are heading to the polls in what many see as a last-chance climate election, as the fossil-fuel-friendly country reels from years of …

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

May 12th, 2022


In today's episode, we dive underwater to visit creatures great and very, very small. Some of them are vocal, some are vital for the air we breathe and, sadly, many of them are threatened. How can we better protect life …

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

May 5th, 2022


On Living Planet today – European countries have been scrambling to find new energy sources to reduce their dependence on Russia, but some countries still need Russian exports, and not just for oil and gas. In India's …

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

April 28th, 2022


We reveal an environmental crime that is contaminating the world's oceans and going largely undetected. We also hear about California's bid to turn …

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

April 21st, 2022


Where do nature and art meet? From the vast majesty of the Antarctic to the neat symmetry of a beehive, environmentally-minded artists find inspiration in the sounds of the natural world. And from the Gambia to Namibia, …

Climate misinformation: How do we tackle it?

April 14th, 2022


In this special episode, three experts on climate disinformation discuss how factually inaccurate and misleading information travels around the web. Climate journalist Stella Levantesi, communication researcher John …

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

April 7th, 2022


This week on Living Planet — a unique approach to dealing with illegal gold mining in Mozambique, how Indigenous crabbers in the Pacific Northwest of …

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

March 31st, 2022


Today on the program, we speak with Fridays for Future activist Luisa Neubauer, who reflects on four years in a movement for climate action. California has a new law targeting food wasters, but it's not without a few …

Out There: The Right to Complain (special episode)

March 24th, 2022


This week, Living Planet brings you another podcast we think you'll enjoy: Out There. When we move from one place to another, sometimes our standards and perceptions of the environment around us can change. Our …

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

March 17th, 2022


As the climate heats up, we hear about the dry future predicted for one of Scotland's best known exports. We travel to East Africa, where Somalians — desperate for climate aid — are taking the salt out of seawater to …

Megafloods in Australia, cutting off Russian gas & ethical slaughter

March 10th, 2022


We ask a climate economist if Putin’s war in Ukraine could see the world fast-track a switch to renewables. From the Southern Hemisphere, we hear …

Is it already too late?

March 3rd, 2022


In a week of landmark environmental announcements, we ask: is it too late to halt the climate crisis? We also hear about plastic recycling in …

Climate change's encroaching toll

February 24th, 2022


Climate change can seem far away from our daily lives. But behind headlines about melting ice sheets, devastating droughts and the collision of …

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

February 17th, 2022


We get a sobering breakdown on the extreme weather events facing most Indians amid the unfolding climate crisis. A climate scientist tells us what …

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

February 10th, 2022


This week, we tackle a few thorny subjects. In South Africa, we look at poaching – not of animals, but of plants! Plants that could be sitting on …

Saving the Winter Olympics & forever chemicals inside us all

February 3rd, 2022


This week on Living Planet, we take a look at harmful chemicals that stay in our bodies, forever. Where do they come from and what risks do they …

Mount Kilimanjaro: 'Eternal ice' no more?

January 27th, 2022


The highest peak on the African continent has inspired locals and travelers alike over the centuries. But climate change is melting its ice cap and impacting those whose livelihoods are tied to it – from tour guides who …

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

January 20th, 2022


How a vulture restaurant is helping bring the bird back from the brink in Nepal. The quest to make a "super breed" of the beloved Ugandan banana so …

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

January 13th, 2022


The cryptocurrency Bitcoin consumes a huge amount of energy. We take a look at why this is and what can be done about it. And how do lawmakers ensure a green energy transition actually reduces fossil fuel use? South …

The future of water: Floating cities, geothermal power and water scarcity

January 6th, 2022


We live on a watery planet — nearly three-quarters of the Earth's surface is underwater. As climate change raises temperatures, water is being pushed …

How to save our dying forests (special episode)

December 30th, 2021


This week, we bring you an episode of DW's On the Green Fence, hosted by Neil King. In it, he heads to the forest in search of urgent answers on how to save them. Around the globe, climate change and severe droughts …

A year of environment stories (holiday special)

December 23rd, 2021


In this special episode, we reflect on a year of environmental reporting that’s taken us from the northern stretches of oil-producing Russia to the frog-filled forests of Australia. We listen back to snippets of our …

Building anew – from our houses to our cities

December 16th, 2021


How should we construct our houses and cities to better withstand a changing climate? This week we explore building strategies that reduce emissions …

Migration, military emissions & how climate change is transforming language

December 9th, 2021


From new words in the dictionary to new migration patterns for plants, animals and humans, we dig into ways that climate change is transforming more than just the weather. We also take a look at one tight-lipped …

Vanishing Scottish snow and revamping recycling

December 2nd, 2021


Today on the show, we climb up into the Scottish Highlands in search of the country's last patches of snow. We also talk about how the world's waste …

The price of perfume, climate miseducation in schools & tourism's toll

November 25th, 2021


We head to the Comoros Islands, where the world's demand for ylang ylang oil is leaving the region bare and its makers shorthanded. And hear why …

Where do we go from here? COP conclusions and doing better

November 18th, 2021


We talk about how to make COP26 goals a reality, get a glimpse into the future of green tech-powered living in Sweden, marvel at meadow-made cheese in Italy, and speak science to power to save the Arctic.

COP26: The heart of the matter

November 11th, 2021


Delegates are running out of time to agree on how to keep global temperatures in check at the UN climate conference in Glasgow. Young people especially are piling on the pressure for action. We hear from DW reporters …

Why global climate conferences matter

November 4th, 2021


This week, we're talking about the biggest environment event of the year – the global climate conference known as COP26. We hear from one of our …

Kenya's rising lakes

October 28th, 2021


Rising waters in 17 lakes in Kenya - including Lake Baringo and Lake Bogoria - are displacing people and upending ways of life. Not to mention, it's stressing out wildlife like giraffes that have been stuck on a newly …

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