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Living Planet: Earth, our home

From Living Planet - As world leaders meet for COP24 to discuss climate change, we're asking what home means to the people — and animals — we share the planet with. This week on Living Planet, we're looking at what decisions are being made to help protect planet Earth, our home.


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: Earth, our home
2018-12-06 09:50:00
As world leaders meet for COP24 to discuss climate change, we're asking what home means to the people — and animals — we share the planet with. This week on Living Planet, we're looking at what decisions are being made to help protect planet Earth, our home.
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Living Planet: Denying the inevitable
2018-12-13 07:00:00
It's hard to believe but there are still people out there who refuse to believe that climate change is real, even when the island they live on is threatened by global warming. This week on Living Planet, we find out how climate change denial is connected to right-wing nationalism, how lobbyists push fossil fuels at COP24, and how award-winning drinking water is in danger in Greece.


Living Planet: Earth, our home
2018-12-06 09:50:00
As world leaders meet for COP24 to discuss climate change, we're asking what home means to the people — and animals — we share the planet with. This week on Living Planet, we're looking at what decisions are being made to help protect planet Earth, our home.


Living Planet: Asking the difficult questions
2018-11-29 09:50:00
Why did tragedy strike an environmental activist couple in Chile? Who will win the fight over Germany's coal phase-out and why is the movement attracting protesters from around the globe? Is the main purpose of beach cleanups is to soothe our conscience? We dig into these tricky subjects on this week's episode of Living Planet.


Living Planet: Cleaning up the commute
2018-11-22 08:55:00
This week, we bring you stories of greener transport around the world, from eco-motorbikes in Uganda to the cycle-mad city of Utrecht, and talk to the man who's made Swedes ashamed to fly.


Living Planet: The web of life
2018-11-15 09:55:00
From a small amphibian with miraculous regeneration properties, to wild animals wandering the streets of Nairobi — and even the healing powers of our forests. We take a closer look at the weird and wonderful life that calls our planet home, and ask some hard questions about the future of the planet's biodiversity.


Living Planet: Adapt and thrive
2018-11-08 16:05:00
Climate change: how can we adapt to a bad situation? From turning plastic waste into stylish pavers in Ghana, balancing a booming lithium industry with environmental protection in Chile and tackling the problem of food waste in Berlin. Plus, could warmer temperatures lead to the birth of a British wine industry?


Living Planet: 3 degrees on 7 continents — part 2
2018-11-01 10:55:00
How will life on Earth change under 3-degree warming? We journey to one location on each of our planet's continents to discover the far-reaching consequences of climate change — and find out how communities are responding. On part 2: Hurricanes in North America, vanishing traditional ways of life in South America, and coral bleaching off the coast of Fiji.


Living Planet: 3 degrees on 7 continents — part 1
2018-10-25 09:55:00
How will life on Earth change under 3-degree warming? We journey to one location on each of our planet's continents to discover the far-reaching consequences of climate change — and find out how communities are responding. On part 1: Dramatic changes in Antarctica, bushfires in Australia, drought and water scarcity in Africa and living green in Europe.


Living Planet: Our changing climate
2018-10-18 09:55:00
When it comes to a world limit for global warming, 1.5 is the new 2 degrees. If temperatures continue to rise, we may lose our coral, food, alpine snow and beer, among many other things. We zoom in on these issues and ask how we can prevent huge lifestyle changes — and find out how technology can help us.


Living Planet: Our changing planet
2018-10-18 09:55:00
When it comes to a world limit for global warming, 1.5 is the new 2 degrees. If temperatures continue to rise we may lose our coral, food, alpine snow and beer, among many other things. We zoom in on these issues and ask how we can prevent huge lifestyle changes — and find out how technology can help us.


Living Planet: Plastic pollution and us
2018-10-11 09:55:00
Plastic — are we addicted? We look at our relationship with plastic pollution — and in the spirit of recycling, we're highlighting some best-ofs from previous coverage and looking at plastic-free living, reloaded.


Living Planet: You are what you eat
2018-10-04 09:55:00
Our food choices affect the environment around us, but just how much? From Scandinavia to Somalia, we explore different diets around the world and take a closer look at how what we eat impacts the environment — and how the environment influences what we eat.


Living Planet: There's something in the water
2018-09-27 06:55:00
What happens when our water is contaminated, and who protects it? We meet the people cleaning our beaches, protecting our drinking water, and studying why there's not enough - or sometimes too much water.


Living Planet: Earth, wind and fire
2018-09-20 09:55:00
Preventing mining pollution in Brazil, wind power finally taking off in Lebanon, and harvesting water from volcanic steam in Kenya. We take a look at development, progress and innovation by looking closer at the elements.


Living Planet: The people protecting the planet
2018-09-13 09:55:00
On this week's show, we join treetop activists in Germany's Hambach Forest as they fight to save the land from being mined for brown coal, we venture into the woods of Bavaria with volunteers helping to keep Germany's green lung healthy and we discover how residents in the UK have kept fracking at bay. Plus, we visit a group of students in Uganda who are using plants as natural pesticides.


Living Planet: Down on the farm
2018-09-06 09:50:00
People who grow our food face challenges around the world. We take a tour, from organic farms in Brexit Britain to cattle ranches in the KwaZulu Natal, via Senegal's nascent chemical-free farming movement and a mental-health crisis among farmers in rural France.


Living Planet: Plastic planet?
2018-08-30 06:53:00
We are drowning in plastic! It pollutes our oceans, beaches, rivers and forests. Let's talk solutions. We meet "trash heroes" in Indonesia's Bali who are trying to do away with plastic. The East African country of Kenya was so fed up with its plastic waste, it imposed a ban on plastic bags one year ago. We check in to see how they are faring. And we have more on bioplastics.


Living Planet: The pesticide cycle
2018-08-23 09:55:00
Thanks to the invention of pesticides, fresh foods can be imported from every corner of the world, available everywhere at anytime. But this comes at a price: Overuse of pesticides in agriculture can seriously damage our environment — and our health.


Living Planet: Being a great ape
2018-08-16 09:50:00
Apes are humans' closest relatives, but these creatures are increasingly endangered. From Asia to Africa, human activity threatens their existence. But not all hope is lost.


Living Planet: Water, H2O, source of life
2018-08-09 09:55:00
Without water, there is no life. Water conservationist Rajendra Singh is bringing dead streams back to life in India. Thousands of dead fish have turned up in the Rhine River in Switzerland — fish are vulnerable to high temperatures as their environment heats up. And, an entrepreneur wants to drag icebergs all the way to South Africa!


Living Planet: Taking water for granted? Think again!
2018-08-09 06:28:00
This week, we dedicate a full show to the important resource of water. We'll hear from water conservationist Rajendra Singh who's bringing dead streams back to life in India. We also learn how vulnerable fish are to high temperatures as their environment heats up — scores of dead fish have turned up in a river in Switzerland. And an entrepreneur wants to drag icebergs all the way to South Africa!


Living Planet: How much is too much?
2018-08-02 06:31:00
Just how many visitors are too many? The Greek island of Santorini struggles with tourism numbers it can't handle. How long until rising sea levels have completely destroyed Kenya's historic sites along its coast? And how hot is too hot? Glaciers in New Zealand have receded so much it's actually become too dangerous to hike all the way to the top.


Living Planet: Drought grips farmers
2018-07-26 08:55:00
It's hot out there. The heat wave sweeping across the northern hemisphere this week has farmers worried, especially where the high temperatures are combined with drought. We look at how farmers around the world are protecting their livestock and crops as the global temperature creeps ever higher.


Living Planet: Disgusting creatures
2018-07-19 09:55:00
Tarantulas, scorpions and cockroaches are not appealing — but they are important! Eels in Canada are being chopped up by dams — but they don't get the attention they deserve because they aren't cute like pandas. Poisonous scorpions are more important for our ecosystem than you may have thought. And a taste for tarantula in Cambodia has decimated their numbers.


Living Planet: Disgusting creatures?
2018-07-19 05:54:00
Disgusting creatures like tarantulas, scorpions and cockroaches are important, too! Eels in Canada are being chopped up by dams — but they don't get the attention they deserve because they aren't cute like pandas. Poisonous scorpions are more important for our ecosystem than you might have thought. And the taste for tarantula in Cambodia has drastically decimated their numbers.


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