On eco@africa, we find out why South Africa's corals are so resilient, meet the microbiologist making gowns from milk and the man promoting hybrid cars in Nigeria. Those stories and much more on this week's show!
On this week's eco@africa: milky garments, resilient coral reefs and distracting kids from smartphones with nature.
German volunteers are luring kids away from their smartphones to explore woodland worlds. They aim to nurture an affinity for forests early, instilling environmental awareness in the next generation.
German microbiologist and fashion designer Anke Domaske makes clothes from milk yarn. The eco-friendly textiles are compostable and are part of a larger drive toward sustainable fashion.
A German-Ugandan partnership is using maize spindles as waste biomass to produce briquettes. They want to reduce deforestation and improve energy efficiency.
Corals around the world are dying out. But South Africa's reefs have proved to be more resilient. Marine biologists are researching reef dynamics there in the hope of saving corals in a changing climate.
Nigerian entrepreneur Adebola Odenike is a hybrid car enthusiast. He wants to ease Nigeria's congestion and pollution woes by getting clean vehicles on the country's roads.
Zimbabwean farmers' dependence on maize is a threat to the country's food security in a warming world. One group is trying to promote hardy indigenous grains suited to dry conditions as a solution.
Spring has sprung in the northern hemisphere. That means large numbers of gray whales are beginning their migration from Mexican to Alaskan waters, much to the delight of whale watchers.
Reports unveiled at a UN biodiversity summit sound the alarm over urgent threats to biodiversity on our planet.
Water is precious in one of Morocco's driest regions. But technology helps boost the area’s water supply by using a net to harvest the fog — one of its few water assets. Its success has now brought the tech to Tanzania.
Some students in Germany are taking the reins of their schools' energy efficiency, using thermal imaging cameras to detect the most wasteful areas. The result: helping the environment while saving on heating costs.
Ape Action Africa in Cameroon is one of the largest conservation projects of its kind in Africa, tending to more than 300 animals. It rescues injured apes, eventually reintroducing them into safe environments.
"We need to motivate the political class, we need to motivate those that make decisions to give water the importance it needs to have" — Benedito Braga, President World Water Council, speaking to DW environment.
In the only surviving rainforest in Kenya, a local enterprise is promoting sustainably-produced medicinal plants found in the forest — offering the community an alternative income source instead of poaching or logging.
Fishing communities on Kenya's southern coast have found a unique and beautiful way to protect rare marine life. They hope that replacing destroyed coral reefs will attract tourists as well as sea creatures.
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Based in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, Sharon Momanyi presents environmental issues and solutions from East Africa.
Based in Lagos, Nigeria's largest city, Nneota Egbe presents environmental issues and solutions from West Africa.
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