Trees are all around the world - they provide shelter, food and wood.
Forests also play a crucial role in absorbing carbon dioxide and thus regulating the global climate. People have already deforested large swaths of the world, with consequences for ecosystems, plants and animals, and even humans themselves.
As people around the world come together for the largest mass climate protest in history, we introduce you to DW's brand new environment podcast, On the Green Fence, examining issues of climate change, pollution and conservation. Hosts Neil and Gabe visit a Bavarian town where the water has been tainted by a dangerous chemical and head to the Black Forest where the legendary wolf has returned.
A thick haze from illegal forest fires clearing land for agricultural plantations is affecting the Sarawak region and beyond. In addition to pollution, people living in rural areas are struggling with bleak economic prospects. Many move to cities in order to make a living. But some have decided to return to their villages to help them through sustainable tourism.
The art installation of 299 trees in a stadium aims to draw attention to the fragility of forests, but right-wing populists misappropriated the project for their election campaign. DW asked artist Klaus Littmann why.
In Lebanon, most waste plastic ends up where it doesn't belong: in rivers, on the beach, on the streets, in the forest. George Bitar was frustrated with the situation — so he invented an app: just a few clicks and someone will come by to pick up and dispose of the plastic garbage.
Stretching across the northern half of South America, the Amazon isn't just contained to Brazil, and neither are its ongoing fires. According to official numbers, fires have burned more than one million hectares of dry forest and farmland across the border in Bolivia. We hear from those affected by the fires, including firefighters risking their lives to control the flames.
Decades after having been wiped off the face of the German landscape, wolves are back. The return of the legendary predator — which enjoys legal protection in Germany — has triggered fierce public debate and stirred emotions up and down the country. Neil and Gabe head to the southern region of the Black Forest to explore the place of wildlife in a world we think we’ve tamed.