20 episodes

On the Green Fence lives up to its name in looking at complex, often divisive environmental issues from multiple angles. It’s not about greenism, but about delving into the major concerns of our time in an engaging and human way. DW reporter Neil King sits on the fence and explores the role business, society and science play in our transition to a more environmentally friendly world. In so doing, he aims to make sense of issues that affect us all, but which are often over-simplified or convoluted by ideology and lobbyism. On the Green Fence stands for an open-minded, relevant and entertaining approach to the environment.

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    • 4.9 • 9 Ratings

On the Green Fence lives up to its name in looking at complex, often divisive environmental issues from multiple angles. It’s not about greenism, but about delving into the major concerns of our time in an engaging and human way. DW reporter Neil King sits on the fence and explores the role business, society and science play in our transition to a more environmentally friendly world. In so doing, he aims to make sense of issues that affect us all, but which are often over-simplified or convoluted by ideology and lobbyism. On the Green Fence stands for an open-minded, relevant and entertaining approach to the environment.

    Why is climate change such a big health issue?

    Why is climate change such a big health issue?

    The impacts of climate change are making us sick and claiming the lives of 13 million people every year. According to the World Health Organization, climate change is the single biggest health threat humanity faces. So what would it mean for our health if we fail to meet our climate goals?

    • 25 min
    How to solve Germany's cheap meat problem

    How to solve Germany's cheap meat problem

    Germany's new agriculture minister Cem Özdemir has caused a stir after speaking out against junk prices in supermarkets, especially for meat - the biggest driver of food-related greenhouse gas emissions. But why is this so problematic in Germany and would higher meat prices really solve the problem?

    • 25 min
    Co-housing: a green alternative to the family home?

    Co-housing: a green alternative to the family home?

    Buying a family home is a major life milestone in many countries. But a lack of affordable housing and a desire to curb carbon footprints has led to the rise of alternative forms of accommodation, including "co-housing." Just how does this model work? And how difficult is it to get people to share their living space?

    • 38 min
    Housing: rethinking our living space

    Housing: rethinking our living space

    The average living space in western countries has increased dramatically over the past decades. In Germany, urban sprawl and construction projects are eating away at nature at a rate of 50 soccer pitches per day. At the same time, people here are struggling to find affordable accommodation. How can we break this trend and are tiny houses really the answer?

    • 39 min
    Keeping homes cool as the planet heats up

    Keeping homes cool as the planet heats up

    Climate change is expected to make heat waves longer and more severe, with catastrophic consequences for our health and economies. The International Energy Agency predicts that energy demand from air conditioners will triple by 2050. But ironically, the more we use these carbon-intensive machines, the more we contribute to global heating. So how do we break that cycle?

    • 27 min
    Reducing the carbon footprint of houses

    Reducing the carbon footprint of houses

    In Germany, nearly 40% of national greenhouse gas emissions are caused by buildings. The housing and construction sector will need to change dramatically if there is to be any hope of achieving climate neutrality by 2045. But where to start? Listen in to find out more about passive houses, sustainable construction materials and the carbon footprint of building a family home from scratch.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Tommy_W ,

Outstanding environment podcast

Because of highly interesting and relevant topics presented in detail in several episodes, this is my top favourite environment podcast (out of about 10). Brilliant journalism – keep up the good work!

The:Chad ,

Great way of tackling topical issues.

On the green fence tackles some of the biggest environmental issues in a logical and considered manner.

Fire-Bull ,

Super informative & entertaining

Love how it’s not all recorded in a studio and the variety of topics. Please make more!

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