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The people protecting the planet

On this week's show, we join treetop activists in Germany's Hambach Forest as they fight to save the land from being mined for brown coal, we venture into the woods of Bavaria with volunteers helping to keep Germany's green lung healthy and we discover how residents in the UK have kept fracking at bay. Plus, we visit a group of students in Uganda who are using plants as natural pesticides.

Down on the farm

People who grow our food face challenges around the world. We take a tour, from organic farms in Brexit Britain to cattle ranches in the KwaZulu Natal, via Senegal's nascent chemical-free farming movement and a mental-health crisis among farmers in rural France.

Plastic planet?

We are drowning in plastic! It pollutes our oceans, beaches, rivers and forests. Let's talk solutions. We meet "trash heroes" in Indonesia's Bali who are trying to do away with plastic. The East African country of Kenya was so fed up with its plastic waste, it imposed a ban on plastic bags one year ago. We check in to see how they are faring. And we have more on bioplastics.

The pesticide cycle

Thanks to the invention of pesticides, fresh foods can be imported from every corner of the world, available everywhere at anytime. But this comes at a price: Overuse of pesticides in agriculture can seriously damage our environment — and our health.

Being a great ape

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.

Taking water for granted? Think again!

This week, we dedicate a full show to the important resource of water. We'll hear from water conservationist Rajendra Singh who's bringing dead streams back to live in India. We also learn how vulnerable fish are to high temperatures as their environment heats up — scores of dead fish have turned up in a river in Switzerland. And an entrepreneur wants to drag icebergs all the way to South Africa!

How much is too much?

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.

Drought grips farmers

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.

Disgusting creatures?

Disgusting creatures like tarantulas, scorpions and cockroaches are important, too! 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 might have thought. And the taste for tarantula in Cambodia has drastically decimated their numbers.

Strokes of genius

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.

'Sisters are doin' it!'

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.

Insects and us

Most people think of insects as pests to get rid of. But our survival may be intimately tied to insects. The problem is: they are in decline. Find out how the Berlin philharmonics are drawing attention to the issue, why insects don’t live at the sea side, and what makes insects so special in the first place.

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