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.
People in Cambodia have developed a taste for tarantulas, starting during the brutal rule of the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s when people were starving and ate the crawling creatures to survive. To this day, people continue hunting down tarantulas, and sell them fried at market stalls. But habitat loss and hunting are driving them to the brink.
Human's least-popular roommates — cockroaches — are hated in New York, and yet they are unavoidable. There are more roaches than people in New York, and they would likely survive a nuclear strike. Mark Stoeckle of the Rockefeller University in New York has researched the insects intensively — and even has some big news about cockroaches in New York!
Hundreds of years ago, the American eel was a common sight on the Ottawa River in Canada. But today, the endangered species is at just 1 percent of its former strength, due largely to the many dams on the river. And the Ottawa River is especially important for the American eel — it's where they go to mature before making the epic journey back to their spawning grounds in the North Atlantic.
Tarantulas, scorpions and cockroaches are not appealing — but they are important! Eels in Canada are being chopped up by dams — but they don't get the attention they deserve because they aren't cute like pandas. Poisonous scorpions are more important for our ecosystem than you may have thought. And a taste for tarantula in Cambodia has decimated their numbers.
When it comes to protecting the environment, sometimes the most unusual ideas are the best ones. From using donkey dung to help save an endangered bat to brewing beer out of old bread, we examine some of the strange and innovative ways people are helping save the planet.