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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.

The Living Planet - from Deutsche Welle


Living Planet Show Archive:

Living Planet: A sound environment

Thursday 15th August 2019

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

Friday 9th August 2019

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

Thursday 1st August 2019

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

Thursday 25th July 2019

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

Thursday 18th July 2019

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

Thursday 11th July 2019

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!

Thursday 4th July 2019

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

Thursday 27th June 2019

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

Wednesday 19th June 2019

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?

Thursday 13th June 2019

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.