The environment is all around us, and humans depend on it to live.
Plants and animals, but also soil, water and climate: The environment is all around us, and we depend on it to survive. Environmental topics touch our lives every day, from where the food we eat comes from, to how the energy we consume is made, to what happens with the waste we produce. Here is an automatic compilation of DW content on environmental topics.
All around the Mediterranean, ports are struggling to cope with a growing number of cruise liners. In an industry unlikely to slow down anytime soon, residents concerned about cruise ships' environmental impacts are looking for different ways to get the problem under control.
Between 1,000 and 3,000 tons of plastic are estimated to be floating in the Mediterranean Sea. While Lebanon only boasts a tiny fraction of Mediterranean coastline, the country makes a pretty significant contribution to its pollution. There have been recent efforts to clean up Beirut's beaches, but do they symbolize a new era or are they just a government public relations campaign?
On a voyage from Antarctica to Bremerhaven, the Polarstern's team of scientists and students are trying to better understand why water temperatures are rising in the deep ocean. The students (all talented scientists themselves) are learning how to monitor changes in the ocean and climate — methods they can take to their home countries, which are already feeling the impacts of climate change.
Summer is a time of sun, sea, and sand. But sand isn't just the stuff of beach holidays — we hear how it's being used in East Africa and with what impact. We also pay a visit to a town in Italy that is inundated by cruise ships, and we join a scientific expedition studying warming temperatures in the deep ocean.
East Africa's population is on the rise. It’s expected to nearly double in the next three decades, growing to 870 million. With more people, comes the need for more homes, roads, shops — essentially, more of everything. As the construction industry booms in East Africa, so does the demand for building materials. This is placing a heavy burden on one of the earth's most ubiquitous resources: sand.
The Fridays for Future youth movement has piled on the pressure; in Germany, politicians are debating a carbon tax. DW spoke with Environment Minister Svenja Schulze about whether climate protection efforts are enough.
This week we hear stories about different species in the animal kingdom: nutria, pangolins, the golden lancehead pit viper. According to the United Nations, one million animal and plant species are threatened with extinction, many within the coming decades. But as famed primatologist and conservation advocate Jane Goodall explains, animals aren't so different from us humans.
Queimada Grande is densely populated by poisonous snakes. People are strictly forbidden from visiting the 'Snake Island' off the Brazilian coast. Reports that there is at least one snake per square meter on the small island may be greatly exaggerated. Nonetheless, it remains one of the world's scariest and most mysterious places.