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Living PlanetExploring topics that touch our lives every day, from the food we eat to the waste from products we consume - not to mention all creatures great and small - this award-winning program tells environment stories from around the world.

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Living Planet Show Archive:

Living Planet: Being a great ape

Thursday 16th August 2018

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

Thursday 9th August 2018

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: How much is too much?

Thursday 2nd August 2018

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

Thursday 26th July 2018

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

Thursday 19th July 2018

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: Strokes of genius

Thursday 12th July 2018

When it comes to protecting the environment, sometimes the most unusual ideas are the best ones. From using donkey dung to help save an endangered bat to brewing beer out of old bread, we examine some of the strange and innovative ways people are helping save the planet.

Living Planet: Animals, to cuddle or kill?

Thursday 5th July 2018

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:'Sisters are doin'it!'

Thursday 28th June 2018

Women in Saudi Arabia made the headlines this week. They are now allowed to drive, thanks not least to the campaigning by some bold women. In this week's episode, we'll meet some other bold women: Abu Dhabi's first female falconer, an Indian activist fighting plastic pollution, an Italian investigative journalist uncovering a mozzarella scandal and a Canadian diver exploring underwater mysteries.

Living Planet: Insects and us

Thursday 21st June 2018

Most people think of insects as pests to get rid of— but our survival may be intimately tied to them. The problem is: Insects are in decline. Find out how the Berlin Philharmonic is drawing attention to the issue, why insects don't live at the seaside, and what makes bugs so important in the first place.

Living Planet: The new gold rush

Thursday 14th June 2018

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.

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