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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: 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.

Living Planet: Challenging the status quo

Thursday 6th June 2019

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

Thursday 30th May 2019

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.

Living Planet: Life and Death

Thursday 23rd May 2019

This week on the show, we're talking about the environmental impacts of being born, as well as dying. What strain does our current population of over 7.6 billion people put on the earth? How much is our population expected to grow, and how will this growth further stress natural resources and the climate?

Living Planet: Marathon Journeys

Thursday 16th May 2019

Twice a year, our feathered friends make a marathon migration for warmth and food. We take some time to celebrate these birds, as well as meeting one woman who is making marathon journeys of her own - running 100 marathons in 100 days to raise awareness of the scarcity and waste of our most valuable resource - water.

Why the reluctance on climate action?

Thursday 9th May 2019

Why is it taking us so long to do something about climate change? Is it all in the mind? That's what we're trying to find out in this week's episode. We speak with a psychologist and climate campaigners, and listen to a project that uses music and the sounds of nature to appeal directly to the heart and inspire environmental change.

Living Planet: Cleaning up the commute

Thursday 2nd May 2019

All about greener transport around the world— from eco-motorbikes in Uganda to the cycle-mad city of Utrecht. And we talk to the man who's made Swedes ashamed to fly.

Living Planet: How much is too much?

Thursday 25th April 2019

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: Here today, gone tomorrow?

Thursday 18th April 2019

From destroying rainforests to support our lifestyle habits to tackling the ever-growing mountain of waste from our consumer society. We pull back the curtain on where things come from and where they end up.