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 • 12 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.

    A turning point for disruptive climate protests?

    A turning point for disruptive climate protests?

    Disruptive climate protests are encouraging the authorities in some democracies to push for harsher anti-protest measures and new legislation. Civil rights groups fear the right to peaceful protest could come under threat. In Germany, for instance, climate activists from 'The Last Generation' have already been placed in preventive detention. Is more escalation on the horizon?

    • 33 min
    Climate activist: 'I'm doing this for my son'

    Climate activist: 'I'm doing this for my son'

    Just Stop Oil activist Lora Johnson has been arrested several times for disruptive climate protests in the United Kingdom. She has no intention of stopping, even if it means being separated from her son. But just how far is she prepared to go to achieve her goals?

    • 21 min
    Noise pollution — the underestimated threat

    Noise pollution — the underestimated threat

    Exposure to loud noise can lead to health issues in humans. But it can also be harmful for wildlife. The problem is only going to get worse as cities expand. So what can we do about it?

    • 26 min
    The German farmer who's keeping his village warm

    The German farmer who's keeping his village warm

    Locally produced biogas could help reduce Germany's dependence on natural gas imports. So why doesn't it play a bigger role? German farmer Henning Varnholt knows all the stumbling blocks. He's been producing biogas since 2009 despite criticism from neighbors. Today, he and his community are self-sufficient and the critics have fallen silent. But is biogas really all it's cracked up to be?

    • 25 min
    Energy crisis: The comeback of coal in Germany?

    Energy crisis: The comeback of coal in Germany?

    Germany is firing up old coal plants to ensure energy supply this winter. What does this mean for the country's coal phaseout and climate targets?

    • 58 min
    Winds of change: How Germany's renewables push is causing division

    Winds of change: How Germany's renewables push is causing division

    Germany's government wants to install thousands of new wind turbines as part of its plan to phase out fossil fuels. But finding a place to put all these windmills is proving controversial - even within green circles. Some critics argue wind is far too volatile a power source, while others warn these massive structures will harm vulnerable ecosystems. So when does this technology make sense?

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 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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