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Living Planet: Cost of development

From Living Planet - Mongolia's miners consider the environmental cost of gold, Albania's hydropower plans threaten Europe's last large free-flowing river, and meet the pipeline protestor on a mission to save the planet.


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: Cost of development
2017-09-07 09:55:00
Mongolia's miners consider the environmental cost of gold, Albania's hydropower plans threaten Europe's last large free-flowing river, and meet the pipeline protestor on a mission to save the planet.
29 minutes, 59 seconds


Living Planet: Animals, to cuddle or kill?
2018-02-15 09:55:00
Shoot to kill or live and let live? We're not always kind to animals, unless perhaps they're in a zoo. We'll get up close and personal with a zebra finch and find out why Germans really love their bears.


Living Planet: The cost of farming
2018-02-08 09:55:00
From Kenyan coffee to Ecuadorian bananas - the price we pay for food from the land.


Living Planet: In deep water
2018-02-01 09:55:00
Climate change means the sea level is rising and storms are more frequent and intense. We visit communities around the world facing rising waters - from Fijians being forced to relocate to the Dutch marketing their flood-defense expertise.


Living Planet: Pining for paradise
2018-01-25 09:55:00
Planning your next holiday? Maybe you're dreaming about relaxing on an island beach, snorkelling in coral-rich waters or touring a quaint European city. Wherever you're headed, it's worth sparing a thought for the locals. While tourism can be a blessing for businesses, it can often be a curse for the environment.


Living Planet: The new gold rush
2018-01-18 09:55:00
We live on a planet of finite resources but our demand for new consumer products and technologies keeps growing. That's driving a race to extract materials from ever-more remote corners of the Earth - and beyond.


Living Planet: Sustaining nature
2018-01-11 09:55:00
Climate change threatens India's most sacred river, Senegalese octopus come back from the brink, Chilean fishermen embrace sustainable practices, and we meet the volunteer who's been spearheading the world's biggest beach cleanup.


Living Planet: Earth, Ice, Water and Air
2018-01-04 09:55:00
From saving tees in Poland, to defending Mesopotamian marshes, we look at how our planet's vital elements come together in precious ecosystems that are now under threat.


Living Planet: Festive feast
2017-12-28 09:55:00
A rebroadcast of some of this year's best reports on food and drink: Wine producers vs. wild boars in Italy, bugs on the menu in Kenya, Costa Rica coffee growers go green and Louise Osborne attempts the vegan challenge.


Living Planet: Harnessing nature
2017-12-21 08:55:00
Canada debates whether its Mounties should be wearing muskrat hats, French farmers try to come to terms with increased numbers of brown bears, and Florida's Everglades deal with the aftermath of hurricane Irma.


Living Planet: The wonderful world of wood
2017-12-07 08:05:00
From burning it to building with it — could wood be the key sustainable resource of our future? We explore sustainable forestry to find out how it can support a bioeconomy, and how to best harness biomass as renewable energy.


Living Planet: 3 degrees on 7 continents - part 2
2017-11-30 08:05:00
If the world fails to limit global warming to a maximum 2-degree target, the Earth could be on course for a potentially catastrophic temperature rise of 3 degrees or more. So what would that look like? We travel to seven continents around the world to find out. On part 2: Hurricanes in North America, losing a traditional way of life in South America and coral bleaching off the coast of Fiji.


Living Planet: 3 degrees on 7 continents - part 1
2017-11-23 05:06:00
What would life on the planet look like under 3-degree warming? We travel to one location on each of the Earth's continents to look at the impacts of climate change - and what communities are doing in response.


Living Planet: Our CO2 problem
2017-11-16 09:55:00
There's only so much CO2 we can release before we push the global temperature above 2 degrees - what scientists call our carbon budget. Do we stand a chance of weaning ourselves off fossil fuels in time?


Living Planet: 1.5 to stay alive
2017-11-09 09:55:00
As the 23rd annual UN climate conference kicked off in Bonn this week, the message from small island states was loud and clear: 1.5 to stay alive. At COP23, Living Planet spoke with Pacific Islanders, climate activists and indigenous peoples campaigning for urgent climate action:


Living Planet: Energy
2017-11-02 04:51:00
Energy production and use account for about two-thirds of all greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. And carbon dioxide makes up the majority of those emissions. That means energy is a major driver of global warming. So how can we drastically cut these emissions and at the same meet the world's growing energy demands? Luckily, there are plenty of options.


Living Planet: Transportation
2017-10-26 03:07:00
Transportation is one of the major drivers of global warming. This week, we'll hear about local initiatives to bring down emissions, from efforts to pedestrianize Paris, to the Kabul mayor's bold plan for eco-friendly travel. Plus, are e-scooters the answer to Mexico City's pollution problems?


Living Planet: Fighting flatulence for the environment
2017-10-19 09:50:00
One cow produces as much 600-800 liters of methane a day — a gas way more potent than carbon dioxide. India is the world's largest milk-producing country and the third biggest exporter of beef. Now, some Indian farmers are doing their part to get their cows to burp and fart less.


Living Planet: Agriculture
2017-10-19 09:50:00
Agriculture is one of the major contributors to global warming - it accounts for about a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions. As the global population continues to grow, so too does our demand for food, and the need for land on which to grow it. So, how do we meet this demand and at the same time reduce our emissions?


Living Planet: Text messages help farmers
2017-10-19 06:40:00
Senegalese farmers have long used traditional techniques to read the weather and predict rainfall. Now, a new method has been developed: Sending science-based climate information by text message to help farmers boost yields.


Living Planet: Forecasts & expectations
2017-10-12 09:55:00
After a summer of severe weather events, Europeans are asking: Is this the new normal and how do we prepare? Plus, the television show that's got Senegalese excited about farming.


Living Planet: Eco freaky
2017-10-05 05:54:00
What does it mean to live sustainably? Is it enough to simply recycle our waste, or do we need to do more? We head into the domestic sphere to find out what some eco-freaks are doing to reduce their own carbon footprint - and discover just how hard it is.


Living Planet: Going off-grid
2017-10-05 04:32:00
Living "off-grid" is becoming increasingly popular among people choosing to reduce their own carbon footprint and reduce their dependence on fossil fuels. Nick Rosen tells DW that going off grid doesn't just change how you power your home, it also changes your lifestyle and mindset.


Living Planet: Water is life
2017-09-28 09:55:00
On this week's show, could a risky dam project be the solution to Lebanon's water woes? Can the Dead Sea be brought back to life? Plus, we investigate what's behind hundreds of dolphin deaths in the Black Sea.


Living Planet: Who decides?
2017-09-21 06:00:00
The German elections are just around the corner. But environmental issues haven't really played a big role during the election campaign. Find out why and how German voters feel about it. Plus: How climate lobbyists block efforts to fight climate change. And: What is the future of Norway's petroleum sector now that Norwegians went to the polls?


Living Planet: Save our seas
2017-09-14 09:55:00
Why plastic particles are contaminating our drinking water, how a temporary hotel made of ocean trash found its way to Cologne, and what's got environmentalists so happy - all in one show.


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