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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: 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.

Living Planet: Building eco-metropolises

Thursday 7th June 2018

Ever more people in the world are living in urban areas. But how can we make our cities sustainable? From the dangers of air pollution to shrinking natural spaces and our carbon footprint in cities— it's high time for action.

Living Planet: Africa's resource wars

Thursday 31st May 2018

Fertile land in Nigeria is being eaten up drought, fueling conflict between herdsmen who need what's left to graze their animals and farmers who need it for their crops. Meanwhile in East Africa, tensions are rising over who controls the waters of the Nile.

Living Planet: Spring cleaning

Thursday 24th May 2018

It's time for a bit of spring cleaning, whether it's your summer wardrobe, the local beach– or even the air we breathe! From the heart of Europe to China – we're cleaning up our act.

Living Planet: Batty about biodiversity

Thursday 17th May 2018

There’s bat appreciation day, international day for biodiversity and the day of endangered species – we’re great at naming days after our animals, but is it enough? Are we treating our biodiversity wisely, or failing them badly?

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