A German company specializes in building smart homes that incorporate intelligent room and building systems. For example, they allow residents to control and program heating and cooling systems.
The vast majority of the world’s smartphones are made in Asia. Ten years ago Nokia closed its last mobile phone factory in Germany. Now production has returned to the country thanks to Industry 4.0 and a domestic manufacturer.
When the smart lights in your home start blinking of their own accord, or your toaster starts ejecting your bread slices at an unusual pace, you might have a problem with ghosts. Or with a hacker accessing your smart home devices. The security issues surrounding ubiquitous connectivity is a big topic at the CeBit tech fair in Hannover, but one that also hits close to home.
As homes grow in intelligence and ubiquity, savvy smart home owners need to be asking themselves the right questions - and demanding secure products from vendors, argues DW's Janelle Dumalaon.
African masks have a history almost as long as the continent to which they belong, but an artist in Ghana has given them a whole new twist by making them out of waste. Meet the inimitable Ed Franklin Gavua.
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Meet a man who's doing his bit for the environment by digging holes in urban India. It might sound unlikely, but it's helping to prevent both flooding and drought. Welcome to the world of the recharge well.
'It often takes a crisis, such as we have seen in southern Africa in the past months, to firmly remind people that water has a great impact on our lives.' Chilufya Chileshe, WaterAid
On this week's eco@africa, the growth of mushroom farming in Zimbabwe, Uganda's top crocodile catcher, and Kenya's young environmentalists. All this and much more!
On this week's eco@africa, the fight to save an endangered frog in South Africa, eco-soap in Rwanda, a floating trash can, and ambitious reforestation in Rwanda. All this and much more!
DW's half-hour radio show and podcast Living Planet makes the environment matter to you.
Researchers are honing in on a little-studied but significant consequence of climate change: male infertility. Could this potential cause of extinction and biodiversity loss also threaten the human species?
The Caribbean coast is awash with tons of foul-smelling seaweed, causing problems for the environment and tourism. Could a protective barrier in the sea help? It's one of the solutions being proposed.
After a decades-long ban on harmful ozone-depleting chemicals, the ozone layer is finally healing. Could this be a model for tackling other environmental problems like climate change?
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