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.
In the chaos of fighting, animals are often left behind or forgotten. Zoo animals are unable to escape the frightening realities of war around their cages. Amazingly, there are people who travel in the opposite direction of retreating civilians and head into harm's way to save these animals. Dr. Amir Khalil is one of them, having spent 25 years as a veterinarian and rescuing thousands of animals.
Active war zones don't just leave scars on the people involved in them or civilians in their path, conflict also affects the land people depend on for their livelihoods, as well as the wildlife that inhabits it. What impact does war have on the environment? How do environmental problems increase the likelihood of conflicts flaring up? And how is wildlife affected by human combat?
What should the rules of war be when it comes to the environment? Do we need a Fifth Geneva Convention to protect biodiversity and natural resources? Professor Sarah Durant thinks so. Durant's research on megafauna in the Sahara-Sahel has shown how conflicts lead to species decline.
Desertification resulting from climate change in North East Nigeria has considerably shrunk bodies of water in the region. One of them — Lake Chad — is a central fishing area. To further complicate matters, fishing is nearly impossible in what is left of the lake because of Boko Haram's decade long insurgency. As fishermen try to settle in new areas, tensions have arisen.
In Kenya, conservationists and private landowners have come into conflict with semi-nomadic herders, who bring their cattle onto the private preserves. But Sveva Gallman is trying to build bridges with the community of herders and save her family's Laikipia Nature Conservancy through an unlikely activity – acrobatics.