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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: Water – a limited resource
2020-03-19 05:19:00
The purity of global water supplies faces numerous threats. In celebration of World Water Day, we hear about pressures on a freshwater lagoon in Spain, pharmaceutical water contamination in India, how the Rhine River in Germany cured its contamination problem, and how climate change endangers the Rio Grande in the southwestern United States.
29 minutes, 55 seconds


Living Planet: Growing solutions
2020-03-12 06:32:00
As governments strive to wean themselves off fossil fuels, we visit Sweden to find out why wood could be key for a net-zero carbon future. We'll also head to Brazil, where activists are replanting trees obliterated by last year's catastrophic fires. Plus, Rob Greenfield, a self-proclaimed "dude making a difference," tells us how he started foraging for food to live a more sustainable existence.
29 minutes, 56 seconds


Living Planet: The persistence of plastic
2020-03-05 07:30:00
Plastic – it's forever, quite literally, as it only breaks down into ever-smaller pieces. Worldwide, communities are seeking solutions to this persistent problem. Rome is rolling out an inventive idea for how to manage used plastic bottles in its subways. A Rwandan DW journalist talks about how Africa's plastic bag bans are faring. Plus, single-use plastic in the medical sector – what can be done?
29 minutes, 59 seconds


Living Planet: Greening spaces
2020-02-27 05:56:00
What's the role of sports when it comes to climate change? Spanish soccer club Real Betis has committed to reducing its carbon footprint. Tea producers in Kenya experiment with a sugarcane waste product that could help reduce demand for firewood and in turn help curb deforestation. We also talk about the sound of soil and why it's important.
29 minutes, 56 seconds


Living Planet: Toxic times
2020-02-20 07:31:00
How clean is our snow? Is it safe to eat for dogs? Scientists have found traces of dangerous substances in Lake Victoria, Africa's biggest lake. And what to do with Fukushima's radioactive water and other nuclear waste in our oceans.
29 minutes, 55 seconds


Living Planet: Battery powered
2020-02-13 06:30:00
This week on the show, we take a look at lithium-ion batteries – how they are both necessary to ending our dependence on fossil fuels and how our increased demand for lithium is affecting communities on either side of the globe. We also hear about how the UK is using a citizens' assembly to find the best solutions to address climate change.
29 minutes, 55 seconds


Living Planet: Under threat
2020-02-06 07:00:00
This week we have stories of activists. In one case, fighting against hydropower, despite the fact that it has helped Montenegro reduce its dependence on coal. We hear how environmental activists in certain parts of the world often face much more perilous consequences for their work. We'll also look at threats faced by journalists covering the environment.
29 minutes, 55 seconds


Living Planet: Invasion of species
2020-01-30 05:58:00
East Africa is dealing with the worst locust infestation in decades. No one knows why millions of fruit bats descend on one particular spot in Zambia every year – but they are actually helping our environment. We also hear how South Africa's Black Mambas are keeping rhinos safe by stopping the invasion of poachers.
29 minutes, 56 seconds


Living Planet: Ticking time bombs
2020-01-23 06:38:00
One year after the Brumadinho dam collapse in Brazil that killed 270 people and wreaked havroc on the environment, we talk about how to avoid similar tragedies in the future. We also hear how development is pitted against our environment in India's metropolis Mumbai and visit peatlands in the Democratic Republic of Congo that store massive amounts of CO2.
29 minutes, 56 seconds


Living Planet: In conflict
2020-01-16 07:00:00
Active war zones don't just leave scars on the people involved in them or civilians in their path, conflict also affects the land people depend on for their livelihoods, as well as the wildlife that inhabits it. What impact does war have on the environment? How do environmental problems increase the likelihood of conflicts flaring up? And how is wildlife affected by human combat?
29 minutes, 56 seconds




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