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From Living Planet - This week on Living Planet, we hear about the people protesting extinction — our own, to be exact. And we examine how climate change is bringing insects and the diseases they carry to new places around the world.


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: Extinction and invasion
2019-10-17 07:25:00
This week on Living Planet, we hear about the people protesting extinction — our own, to be exact. And we examine how climate change is bringing insects and the diseases they carry to new places around the world.
29 minutes, 55 seconds


Living Planet: New species and old breeds
2019-11-14 07:00:00
This week we have stories of discovering new species, those that have made a home out of an unusual piece of land, efforts to preserve some less familiar breeds of livestock, and the science that shows us how we can help save one of our sweetest insect friends.


Living Planet: Planes, Trains, Automobiles
2019-11-07 07:00:00
Lower prices helped democratize air travel, but flying is one of the most carbon-heavy actions a person can take. We look at Sweden's No Fly campaign, take a journey on a night train and visit a city in Spain that is mostly car free.


Living Planet: Adaptation & Change
2019-10-31 08:00:00
How do we inspire the fundamental changes that are needed to safeguard our planet? On this program, we look at some novel ideas, from restoring peatlands to their natural state to climate change resistant apples.


Living Planet: Not so fantastic
2019-10-24 07:35:00
Today on the show, we're taking a look at our plastic world — from the oceans, to its place in our homes, to its original source. What can we do now about our plastic problems and what do we still need to figure out?


Living Planet: Extinction and invasion
2019-10-17 07:25:00
This week on Living Planet, we hear about the people protesting extinction — our own, to be exact. And we examine how climate change is bringing insects and the diseases they carry to new places around the world.


Living Planet: Struggle for survival
2019-10-10 07:12:00
This week, we look at how melting sea ice is threatening the survival of polar bears in the Arctic, and ask what impact shrinking glaciers will have on Switzerland's hydroelectric power supply. We'll also meet UNDP goodwill ambassador Olafur Eliasson, and find out how illegal mining is destroying India's fragile Aravali mountains.


Living Planet: Deep dive into food waste
2019-10-02 03:18:00
Why do we waste so much food? And what can we do about it? Neil King and Gabe Borrud get to the bottom of these questions on this week's Living Planet. They visit a supermarket to gauge their role as consumers, and team up with two dumpster diving sisters for a nighttime harvesting spree. They also talk to a leading food economist and discover the root of the food waste problem runs a lot deeper.


Living Planet: Ocean deep - Mountain high
2019-09-26 07:00:00
The much anticipated IPCC report on the oceans and the cryosphere sets out the full extent to which the world's oceans, glaciers, mountains and polar ecosystems are being disrupted by climate change, with dire consequences for life on our planet.


Living Planet: Leapfrogging to a greener world
2019-09-19 08:00:00
As young people all over the world take to the streets to demand climate action and the United Nations Secretary General hosts a special climate summit in New York, the UN Environment Programme's Executive Director, Inger Andersen tells us people power is proving pivotal. And we look at new ways of getting the climate message across.


Living Planet: Given Half a Chance
2019-09-12 07:00:00
The dilemma of our times — our fast-moving, convenient lifestyles are polluting the planet and heating up the climate. Could a plastic-free supermarket — or a recycling app help solve some of our problems? Author Edward Davey says there is hope and suggests "Ten Ways to Change the World" in his book "Given Half a Chance."


Living Planet: In times of change
2019-09-05 07:20:00
This week on Living Planet, we tackle stories of environmental change. Fires are burning throughout the Amazon, but what does this mean for the world's largest tropical rainforest? We also see how gardeners in Spain are adapting to a changing climate and explore what climate insurance looks like in Uganda.


Living Planet: Jumping in the green end
2019-08-29 07:00:00
DW's Neil King, Gabriel Borrud and Vanessa Fischer drop by the studio to talk about the new DW podcast On the Green Fence. They discuss how making this 5-part series that explores issues like climate change, water pollution, biodiversity loss and food sustainability has affected their outlooks on the world. And we hear what chaos ensued when Neil and Gabe shared a tent with a few mosquitoes.


Living Planet: A sound environment
2019-08-15 09:55:00
From natural sounds to artificial ones and even something in-between — this week's show is all about the indelible link between sound and the environment. We hear how plastic waste can be used to make a new kind of noise, and how kids in Colombia are learning to record animal sounds for conservation. And we meet a Polish composer who has created a unique soundwalk through Berlin's botanic gardens.


Living Planet: Seeing the forest for the trees
2019-08-09 00:00:00
This week on Living Planet, we take a look at forests and how we use land. What benefits do trees provide? What happens when we lose them in places like the Amazon? And how do we make sure we have enough forested land? Also, a landmark report from the IPCC warns that we have to change the ways in which we use land if we are to mitigate climate change and achieve global food security.


What happens if we lose forests?
2019-08-09 00:00:00
This week on Living Planet, we take a look at forests and how we use land. What benefits do trees provide? What happens when we lose them in places like the Amazon? And how do we make sure we have enough forested land? Also, a landmark report from the IPCC warns that we have to change the ways in which we use land if we are to mitigate climate change and achieve global food security.


Living Planet
2019-08-01 06:07:00
We look at some unusual ideas surrounding the protection of the environment. From using donkey dung to help save an endangered bat to brewing beer from an old loaf of bread, we profile some of the strange and innovative ways people are saving the planet.


Living Planet: Haiti's ecological farmers
2019-07-25 09:50:00
In the aftermath of natural disasters, decades of political crisis and facing an increasingly unpredictable climate, farmers in Haiti are turning to ecological farming methods to hold onto their livelihoods. Some see it as the only way to feed their families and continue farming in the face of climate change.


Living Planet: Life's a beach
2019-07-18 09:50:00
Summer is a time of sun, sea, and sand. But sand isn't just the stuff of beach holidays — we hear how it's being used in East Africa and with what impact. We also pay a visit to a town in Italy that is inundated by cruise ships, and we join a scientific expedition studying warming temperatures in the deep ocean.


Living Planet: A rare breed
2019-07-11 09:50:00
This week we hear stories about different species in the animal kingdom: nutria, pangolins, the golden lancehead pit viper. According to the United Nations, one million animal and plant species are threatened with extinction, many within the coming decades. But as famed primatologist and conservation advocate Jane Goodall explains, animals aren't so different from us humans.


Living Planet: It's getting hot in here!
2019-07-04 06:45:00
Dangerous heat waves and raging wildfires across Europe and Alaska have destroyed huge areas of land. Droughts in other parts of the world have pushed people to the brink of their existence and led to climate migration. As temperatures are soaring, so is the demand for air conditioning which creates its own vicious cycle. One solution: harvesting wastewater to help cool down buildings.


Living Planet: Diving deep
2019-06-27 09:50:00
This week on the show, we visit the Pescadero Basin off Mexico's Pacific coast and shipwrecks in the cold waters of the Baltic Sea. Exploring the oceans - from tube worms to sea turtles - we look at the rich life they sustain. We'll also be asking what impact we humans have on our seas.


Living Planet: Bolivia's water woes
2019-06-19 08:22:00
Bolivia has been dealing with torrential rains and landslides, but is suffering from a lack of drinking water as glaciers melt away. That's why the mostly indigenous people of the highland cities decided to take matters into their own hands and start their own local water supplies. Thomas Kruchem went to explore and began his quest in the metropolis of El Alto. His report is presented by Sue Cox.


Living Planet: What's left of the Amazon?
2019-06-13 05:19:00
The Amazon Basin is the largest rainforest area in the world. Countless animal and plant species are at home here as well as several indigenous peoples who still avoid any contact with the outside world. But the Amazon region is under threat from deforestation and development. The situation has become even more critical since the election of Brazil's new President, Jair Bolsonaro.


Living Planet: Challenging the status quo
2019-06-06 04:49:00
On this week's Living Planet we'll meet the Indian fishermen's wives who flexed their muscles to start their own rowing-boat mangrove tours. We'll find out why short-lived clothing could soon be out of fashion, whether local currencies help the environment and what sounds insects make.


Living Planet: Time for a change of diet
2019-05-30 09:05:00
How might Hazelnuts be damaging the planet and its residents? What about sardines? On this edition of Living Planet, we look at the unexpected impact of some foods and what our diets could look like in the future.


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