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. The prize-winning, weekly half-hour radio magazine and podcast is produced by Deutsche Welle, Germany's international broadcaster - visit dw.com/environment for more.
On this week's show: Concerns abound about the aerial spraying of controversial pesticide glyphosate in Argentina. The aftermath of Brazil's worst ever mining disaster. The fate of climate refugees in Kenya and how we humans are interfering with the earth's ice age cycles.
All about birds: We hear about bird beatboxing in India, woodpeckers coming to the rescue in the fight against a small green bug in Canada and about a school in Slovakia where kids learn to take care of birds of prey. And: coconut breakers in Brazil fight for their livelihoods.
What's ahead of us in the new year? Will the new year bring us forward in cleaning up our polluted air and making our food and energy supplies more sustainable? Living Planet investigated what's going on in India, East Africa and Europe.
As the year draws to a close we look back at some of Living Planet's highlights of 2015. We'll be delving beneath snow and ice at the apocalypse-proof Svalbard Global Seed Vault, and exploring Rome’s subterranean secrets to discover a growing problem with waste. Elsewhere in Italy, we look at plans to stop the floating city of Venice vanishing beneath the waves.
Living Planet revisits some of our most memorable animal moments of 2015. We're in Thailand to talk to an entrepreneur who feeds coffee beans to elephants and charges a premium for what comes out. In Spain, the lynx is making a comeback. Plus, we hear about bee highways in Norway, and the dogs in Democratic Republic of Congo working to protect endangered mountain gorillas from poachers.
After the climate extravaganza in Paris: Greenpeace chief Kumi Naidoo says people, not politicians are the key to a fossil-free future. How a trip to the Arctic ultimately led environmentalist Cara Augustenborg to the Paris conference. And: Why Santa Claus and those reindeer of his also have to do their bit for the climate.
Climate activist Bill McKibben on the role of civil society and the climate justice movement, how business and technological innovation are driving decarbonization and the effects of climate change: rising seas in Asia. DW's Living Planet comes to you from COP21 in Paris.
This week on Living Planet, rising seas threaten the UK's Isles of Scilly, Antarctica’s sea ice melts as temperatures warm, we meet Germany's 2015 environment prize winner, & we follow climate pilgrims on their journey through Europe.