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The Earth’s vital natural ecosystems are under threat. Urbanization and agricultural expansion is largely to blame, as is human-made climate change. But sometimes we’re given a second chance to restore what we’ve destroyed.
The seagrass meadows around the Maldives were under threat. But the government now plans to place this valuable ecosystem under protection. As well as serving as nurseries for sea life, they act as carbon sinks and protect the atolls from erosion.
Wetlands with ponds like the ones in and around Delhi are natural rainwater collectors and help replenish groundwater reserves. But these landscapes often become dumping grounds or building sites. An Indian engineer is trying to restore the ponds.
Since chardonnay or cabernet sauvignon grapes can no longer withstand heat and drought, many Italian wines will soon no longer exist. Ancient Roman grapevines are different because they can withstand climate change.
Agriculture accounts for 17 percent of global CO2 emissions. So how can you farm without harming the planet? The solution is permaculture - growing vegetables in a cycle that’s self-sustaining, without artificial pesticides or fertilizers.
South Africa's small-scale fishermen are fighting for survival. Big companies dominate the industry and fish stocks are in decline. Now the Abalobi app connects fishers directly with end consumers, also creating a market for local fish species.
In Nepal, Transparency International has developed programs to better protect funds earmarked for climate protection, and give a voice to the people most affected by climate change. To do this, the NGO works closely with local people and governments.
Everyone should have access to adequate amounts of healthy, affordable food. But more than 800 million people to bed go hungry each night and two billion are malnourished worldwide. How can we achieve food security for all?
A Spanish start-up developed a vegan steak that's made by a 3D printer. It's comprised of peas, seitan, and rice protein powder. The taste and appearance are meant to be similar to actual beef.
Farming in urban areas without soil and with little water, regardless of the weather, could help feed the populations of fast growing cities. Entrepreneurs in India are investing in hydroponics to produce healthy, sustainable food.
There's growing interest in the circular economy model as a solution to global challenges like climate change, pollution and waste. Entrepreneurs are discovering the potential of closed-loop production processes.
An Indian entrepreneur creates fabric that feels like cashmere from the calotropis plant, a common shrub in Tamil Nadu. The byproducts are turned into organic insect repellent and fertilizer for local farmers.
Take a look at the Dutch aquaponics start-up Phood Farm, which uses fish manure as a fertilizer for plants - a throwback to an ancient system of closed-loop farming that’s bringing fresh food to modern tables.
The huge demand for dairy and meat products leads to high levels of greenhouse gas emissions. But there's also growing demand for plant-based alternatives that are good for the environment and taste good, and startups are getting creative.
With a new generation of consumers demanding change, fashion industry entrepreneurs are looking for ways to recycle. In Delhi one designer is upcycling textile fabric waste into yarn for new clothes, and creating jobs for traditional weavers.
Women bear a disproportionate burden of the climate crisis. Gender inequality is largely to blame. We meet women tackling both the root causes and the effects of the crisis.
Asma Khan employs an all-women team at her award-winning London restaurant, the Darjeeling Express. As she serves up the Indian cuisine of her childhood, she's fighting for equality in a male-dominated industry.
Women often have a deep understanding of their communities which helps them find practical environmental solutions. A movement in Southern India is conserving biodiversity by growing traditional herbs and plants.
Extreme weather events disproportionately affect women because they're more likely to live in poverty than men. One Indonesian activist is providing women the kind of help that boosts their resilience to climate change.
Period products contribute massively to the millions of tons of plastic waste that pollute the environment. Our DW reporter explores how shaming women for periods has led to the development of such damaging products.
Women are uniquely positioned to find solutions to the impact of climate change. In the face of personal loss, one group in India's Sundarbans has found strength in numbers and is working to save this unique forest.
Singapore is warming up fast and climate change isn’t the only reason. Its densely built environment traps heat. Air conditioning only compounds the problem. Green solutions are helping the city keep cool.
Cities face a host of pressures: From the demands on infrastructure by growing populations to the risks of climate change. Yet innovative and ancient solutions can both enhance the quality of life in our changing cities.
Unprecedented growth has fueled construction booms in many cities. But cement has a huge carbon footprint. In search of green alternatives, two engineers in Tamil Nadu are rescuing ancient know-how from obscurity.
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