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.com/environment for more.
Living Planet: What's left behind
Villagers in the Ecuadorian Amazon are wondering how they'll survive an oil spill that's contaminated their water supply and put their future at risk. Also, why cars destined for the scrap heap are ending up on Africa's roads, and the campaign to save lions left behind in the wake of Sudan's conflict.
Living Planet: Drowning in plastic
We find out how people are tackling plastic pollution around the world, from testing British waters for microplastics, to an Indonesian scientist making packaging from seaweed — and efforts in France to recycle discarded face masks. Plus, why environmentalists in Kenya fear the African continent could become a dumping ground for US plastic.
Living Planet: Sounds of the sea
Although oceans cover more than two-thirds of the Earth, we don't often hear what goes on beneath the surface. This week: How playing sound underwater could be used to help revive coral reefs — and the ways human noise pollution is muddying the marine soundscape. Also, South Africa’s humpback whales make a stunning comeback.
Living Planet: What’s in our air?
It’s all around us and critical for life: air. But besides oxygen, that gas we breathe to live, what’s in our air? On this week’s show, we hear about some surprising things harmful for our health that probably shouldn’t be in our air – like microplastics, and radioactivity. And we learn how one island nation is trying to keep its birds in the air by turning trappers into scientists.
Living Planet: Lifestyle choices
We learn about how much our food should really cost, what decluttering a family home can entail, and which habits have a surprisingly heavy ecological footprint. Also: meeting your meat — a family farm in northwestern Germany that has figured out the most humane way to kill animals. Or so they say.
Living Planet: Resilience rising
As the world experiences the harsh impacts of climate change firsthand, societies and experts alike are attempting to adapt before it's too late. Kenyan communities pursue strategies to manage severe floods and droughts, while scientists in Spain seek to protect rice cultivation from salty seawater. And Venice tests its new tide gate.