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25
MAR

Water wars

In the Global North, clean water is taken for granted — but in some places it means the difference between life and death. "Water wars" are taking place as people fight failing systems, and combat climate change, to access enough clean water for all. From Chile to South Africa, India to the Caribbean, we hear about those water conflicts that are flowing beneath the surface.
18
MAR

Living Planet: Long-suffering, indispensable trees

Trees are often seen as something to be chopped down for economic gain or cleared to make way for development. But without them, scientists warn, humanity loses an important lifeline. These large carbon sinks can be thought of as giant air conditioners that cool the planet — a powerful tool in mitigating climate change. From Costa Rica to Brazil, Rome to Madrid, we look at the state of our trees.
11
MAR

Rethinking farming

We depend on farming — and farmers — to grow the food we need to survive. Agriculture can be environmentally damaging — yet there are alternatives. From adjusting our avocado consumption, to a sustainable (and underrated) crop of the future: beans. And finally, restoring rivers to boost harvests in India.
04
MAR

Fossil fuel's last gasp?

As more countries seek to phase in renewable energies, coal retains a firm grip in many parts of the world. In India, the picturesque state of Goa is set to become the country's new coal hub. China's plans to cut back on carbon emissions don't line up with its dependence on coal. And in London, activists can't agree on the best path to net-zero emissions.
25
FEB

Sustainability & the city

This week on the show, we're taking a look at our cities. From our food systems to transportation and urban planning to our waste streams, we dive into the ways in which urban life can be environmentally-friendly. We also get to hear from some little critters who are taking unwelcome refuge in cities.
18
FEB

Big ideas

As our planet faces unprecedented environmental crises, it's becoming clear that piecemeal solutions can't fix the problem. We hear about transformational change, and how we might get there. UNDP chief Achim Steiner speaks to whether it's possible to decouple progress from environmental damage, and we look at "degrowth" as an alternative. Plus, the trees of Philadelphia.
11
FEB

Raptors illegally hunted in Scotland, protecting vultures and cranes in Kenya, Spain's trash-gobbling storks

Whether you consider yourself a birder or find the avian kind tend rather to ruffle your feathers, there's no denying they're a critical part of the natural world. But in too many cases, birds are under threat. We visit the moors of Scotland, where eagles and hawks get illegally killed, and Kenya, where vultures and the African crane are on the decline. Plus: storks in Spain addicted to junk food.
04
FEB

To fly or not to fly?

Is it possible to fly with a clear environmental conscience? And, if not, what is being done to make this a reality? We hear about one couple's journey to find out what offsetting the carbon emissions of an international flight actually entails. We also get into the nitty-gritty of a new United Nations emissions deal for flying that has been criticized for being too weak to make a difference.
28
JAN

Living Planet: Feeding forests

We find out how we can feed forests so they can sustain us. Forest defenders in Romania are standing up to the so-called "wood mafia" — and paying a high price for that. We hear about a unique method to regenerate "underground forests" in Africa's Sahel. And helping salmon in Scotland recover — by planting trees.
21
JAN

The ways we need water

Although freshwater sustains us in so many ways, it's often taken for granted — until it's gone. Peatlands drained for palm oil plantations in Indonesia exact an ecological and human toll. Kenya’s Athi River, once a prime tourist attraction, has become a stinking cesspool. And, Bhutan banks on hydropower for its clean energy development.
14
JAN

Out and about

As rising numbers of COVID-19 infections keep us home, you may be dreaming of getting out and about. In Spain, we explore whether the coronavirus pandemic could boost ecotourism. And, lynx are hunted in Latvia, despite being protected in the EU. We join a group of hunters to investigate wildlife management in the Baltic country – and they gut an elk. Plus, Kenya's next wave — of locusts.

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