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The price of perfume, climate miseducation in schools & tourism's toll

In the Comoros Islands, the world's demand for ylang ylang oil is leaving the region bare and its makers shorthanded. Why environmental groups and politicians in Barcelona are angry over plans to attract more tourists. And we speak to a journalist who has investigated the influence of the fossil fuel industry in American schools' climate change education.

Where do we go from here?

COP26 conclusions, a glimpse into the future of green tech-powered living in Sweden, the marvel of meadow-made cheese in Italy, and speaking science to power to save the Arctic.

COP26: The heart of the matter

Delegates are running out of time to agree on how to keep global temperatures in check at the UN climate conference in Glasgow. Young people especially are piling on the pressure for action. We hear from DW reporters covering the event and get their impressions. And in Senegal, emissions reductions come too late for the survival of one coastal community already dealing with rising sea levels.

Why global climate conferences matter

This week, we're talking about the biggest environment event of the year – the global climate conference known as COP26. We hear from one of our reporters who's there in Glasgow covering the policy tussles and from an activist who traveled there from Nigeria to make her voice heard, along with many other young people. We also take a look at how climate change is affecting people's lives right now.

Kenya's rising lakes

Rising waters in 17 lakes in Kenya - including Lake Baringo and Lake Bogoria - are displacing people and upending ways of life. Not to mention, it's stressing out wildlife like giraffes that have been stuck on a newly created island by the high waters. In this feature, we look at how people and animals are coping in the East African Rift Valley.

Up in the mountains: Persian leopards, Carrara's marble and Greek cultural heritage

On this week's show, we have stories of environmental concerns colliding with symbols of cultural importance. We venture to the spot in Italy where marble for Michelangelo's sculptures once came from. Controversy is also stirring on some mountains in Greece, as wind turbines anger locals. And we hear from a journalist who tracked an endangered leopard through war-ravaged territory.

Lives at stake: Baka people in Cameroon, lithium mining in Nevada and industrial fishing in Sierra Leone

Around the world, local people fight to maintain their way of life and habitats. In Cameroon, the Baka people are being driven out of their forests by logging and mining. In the US, a new lithium mine threatens to infringe on Indigenous sacred sites. And in Sierra Leone, an expensive, internationally-funded industrial fishing habor could ruin residents' livelihoods and the local ecosystem.

Sacred forests, a destructive pilgrimage and religious leaders speak out

Most religions have a connection to the Earth – stories of creation or spiritual practices tied to nature. We take a look at how religion and spirituality influence how we treat the environment. From beliefs steeped in the forest to religious leaders motivating their congregants to take care of the planet. And what happens when holy sites are threatened by climate change and too many visitors?

Revisiting Berlin's wetlands, the global food agenda and queer inclusion

As we edge closer to Germany's federal election, we go back in time to experience Berlin as a swampland. We also hear about some of the controversies surrounding the imminent UN World Food Systems Summit, find out how a spaceship-like warehouse in the Netherlands is using fish poo to grow food, and chat about queer inclusion in environmental matters.

Air conditioning & peatlands – simple solutions, big climate impacts

Today we take a look at things that are often overlooked, but can add up to big solutions for the climate. One of them is air conditioning. What's its role in greenhouse gas emissions? And what are alternative ways to cool ourselves as the planet heats up? And we venture to Ireland to hear why peatlands are actually a huge deal when it comes to the climate.

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