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.
Living sustainably — with strangers
Co-housing projects are growing in popularity thanks, in part, to increasing awareness about the impact of our homes on the planet. But how difficult is it to share your living space with strangers? (This episode has been republished and updated).
Do we really need such big homes?
The living space of people in Western countries has been expanding for decades. But tackling housing shortages and the climate crisis may require a rethink of how much room we really need. (This episode has been republished and updated).
The case for a car-free city
Reducing the number of cars in urban areas can bring down pollution and traffic accidents. But the idea of shifting away from cars and designing cities around pedestrians and cyclists instead often meets with fierce resistance. (This episode has been republished and updated).
Low water levels: Is deepening the Rhine a good idea?
While major businesses depending on Rhine shipments are backing a government plan to deepen the river in key sections, towns on the Middle Rhine are fighting an uphill battle to stop it. But why is this project so controversial?
The Rhine as a symbol of identity
The river Rhine has played a crucial role in Europe's history and development, shaping the people and towns along its banks. But just what makes this river so special and how is old Father Rhine's role developing amid climate change?
Reviving the Rhine's wetlands amid drought
A historic drought is drying out the few remaining wetland areas along Germany's Rhine river, putting native wildlife under stress. Conservationists hope that restoring these delicate ecosystems will make them more resilient in the face of future extremes.
Informative & Entertaining
Neil & Gabe explore topics that most of us have heard about but they seek answers in the most unique places. Their banter is an added bonus.
Neil and Gabe restart this podcast!!
I’ve hungrily gone through Season 2 then 1. It’s August 2020, when can we see a restart for Season 3? So current and vital for our future!!!
Love it! Please do MORE. It is entertaining. More importantly, it is non-ideologically complex.
I’m a listener from Massachusetts, USA.