Living Planet | Top Science Podcasts 2020

The top science podcasts of 2020 updated daily.

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: What's left behind
2020-11-26 07:15:00
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.

29 minutes, 56 seconds
Living Planet: Drowning in plastic
2020-11-12 07:20:00
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.

29 minutes, 56 seconds
Living Planet: What's in our air?
2020-11-05 07:20:00
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.

29 minutes, 56 seconds
Living Planet: Lifestyle choices
2020-10-29 08:30:00
The decisions we make, big and small, have impacts on the environment. 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.

29 minutes, 56 seconds
Living Planet: Resilience rising
2020-10-22 07:15:00
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.

29 minutes, 56 seconds
Living Planet: Elephants and dingos and bears (oh my!)
2020-10-15 07:15:00
From Zimbabwe to Australia to Italy, we meet the communities living alongside wild animals - and discover just how challenging it can be to coexist.

29 minutes, 55 seconds
Living Planet: Climate cause and consequence
2020-10-08 07:20:00
From oil development in Namibia and the "forgotten" greenhouse gas methane, to the growing trend of climate lawsuits and restoring forests in Kashmir – we explore causes and effects of climate change.

29 minutes, 56 seconds
Living Planet: The curse of clean energy – hydropower on the Mekong
2020-10-01 05:30:00
The Mekong River in Southeast Asia flows for 4,350 kilometers from China to Vietnam through Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Cambodia. China's construction of large hydropower dams to feed the country's growing energy needs is causing problems downriver, including dire impacts on the waters and fertile soil that feed hundreds of millions of people.

29 minutes, 55 seconds
Living Planet: Creatures great and small
2020-09-24 07:00:00
From caring for baby monkeys in Kenya, once mighty lions in Sudan to genetically modified mosquitos and whale researchers in the Mediterranean: On this week's show it's all about creatures great and small.

29 minutes, 56 seconds
Living Planet: Back from the brink
2020-09-17 07:00:00
Researchers find protecting the panda has come at the expense of helping other species thrive in the same habitat. Meanwhile, a peculiar native marsupial in Australia faces extinction, threatened by a unique type of contagious cancer. And: an ambitious rewilding project in The Netherlands that's seen a neglected lake transformed into an archipelago teeming with life.

29 minutes, 56 seconds
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