Living Planet | Top Science Podcasts 2021

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Living Planet
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.
Living Planet: Big ideas
2021-02-18 07:00:00
As our planet faces unprecedented environmental crises, it's becoming clear that piecemeal solutions can't fix the problem. We hear about transformational change, and how we might get there. UNDP chief Achim Steiner speaks to whether it's possible to decouple progress from environmental damage, and we look at "degrowth" as an alternative. Plus, the trees of Philadelphia.

29 minutes, 56 seconds
Living Planet: Raptors illegally hunted in Scotland, protecting vultures and cranes in Kenya, Spain's trash-gobbling storks
2021-02-11 07:00:00
Whether you consider yourself a birder or find the avian kind tend rather to ruffle your feathers, there's no denying birds are a critical part of the natural world. But in too many cases, birds are under threat. We visit the moors of Scotland, where eagles get illegally killed; and Kenya, where vultures and the African crane are in decline. Plus: Storks in Spain addicted to junk food.

29 minutes, 56 seconds
Living Planet: To fly or not to fly?
2021-02-04 07:00:00
Is it possible to fly with a clear environmental conscience? And, if not, what is being done to make this a reality? We hear about one couple's journey to find out what offsetting the carbon emissions of an international flight actually entails. We also get into the nitty-gritty of a new United Nations emissions deal for flying that has been criticized for being too weak to make a difference.

29 minutes, 56 seconds
Living Planet: Feeding forests
2021-01-28 07:00:00
We find out how we can feed forests so they can sustain us. Forest defenders in Romania are standing up to the so-called "wood mafia" – and paying a high price for that. We hear about a unique method to regenerate "underground forests" in Africa's Sahel. And helping salmon in Scotland recover – by planting trees.

29 minutes, 56 seconds
Living Planet: The ways we need water
2021-01-21 07:00:00
Although freshwater sustains us in so many ways, it's often taken for granted – until it's gone. Peatlands drained for palm oil plantations in Indonesia exact an ecological and human toll. Kenya's Athi River, once a prime tourist attraction, has become a stinking cesspool. And, Bhutan banks on hydropower for its clean energy development.

29 minutes, 56 seconds
Living Planet: Out and about
2021-01-14 07:00:00
As rising numbers of COVID-19 infections keep us home, you may be dreaming of getting out and about. In Spain, we explore whether the coronavirus pandemic could boost ecotourism. And, lynx are hunted in Latvia, despite being protected in the EU. We join a group of hunters to investigate wildlife management in the Baltic country – and they gut an elk. Plus, Kenya's next wave – of locusts.

29 minutes, 55 seconds
Living Planet: Greener pastures post-Brexit, invisible waste & the abuse environmentalists face online
2021-01-07 07:00:00
This week on the show, we hear how new measures in the UK will use English farms to address environmental problems. But not everyone is convinced that the new scheme will work. We also explore the environmental toll of our consumption, especially our digital gadgets. And we take a look at the emotional toll online activism can take on environmentalists.

29 minutes, 56 seconds
Living Planet: Some greats from a grueling year
2020-12-31 07:00:00
In this year-end special, we reflect on the challenges of the pandemic and beyond. From lockdown benefitting sea turtles, to a resourceful biogas solution, to taking the time for new DIY projects like gathering your own food – we listen back to a few of the year's strongest stories about resilience in the face of adversity.

29 minutes, 56 seconds
Living Planet: Your holiday meat
2020-12-24 07:00:00
On this special Christmas episode, we talk about meat. Producing that turkey, ham or roast beef has a huge environmental footprint, and most of the animals are not treated well. Living Planet is joined by On the Green Fence to discuss the meat paradox – and whether it's possible to eat animals and still have a clear conscience.

29 minutes, 56 seconds
Living Planet: Buggin' out
2020-12-17 07:00:00
It's all about insects! We'll find out how the "murder hornet" could spread across the US and Europe, the ways in which climate change is challenging beekeepers in Botswana, and why scientists are racing to document populations of edible insects in South Africa.

29 minutes, 55 seconds
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