Hydraulic fracturing is a technique to extract gas from rock. But people living close to fracking sites are concerned about the impact of toxic chemicals used in the process.
Technically water is mixed with sand and chemicals, and the mixture is injected at high pressure into the ground to create small fractures in the rock and let out the gas. This page collates recent DW content on the topic.
Donald Trump's new man in Brussels talks about transatlantic ties - How EU companies plan to sidestep US sanctions on Iran - Italy's new anti-migrant law - New Polish movie upsets the Catholic Church - Northern Ireland under pressure to legalize abortions - Calls to ban the use of cages in animal farming - Campaigning against the far-right in eastern Germany – The future of fracking in England
Thanks to strict planning laws, the fracking industry in Britain has struggled to get off the ground. However, things look set to change now that the government has loosened regulations, citing fracking's huge economic benefits. DW's Nik Martin visited one of the new proposed fracking sites in Surrey to find out how residents have kept fracking at bay for the last decade.
On this week's show, we join treetop activists in Germany's Hambach Forest as they fight to save the land from being mined for brown coal, we venture into the woods of Bavaria with volunteers helping to keep Germany's green lung healthy and we discover how residents in the UK have kept fracking at bay. Plus, we visit a group of students in Uganda who are using plants as natural pesticides.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has said - if elected - he'd work to undo the landmark Paris climate pact. Trump says his "America first" energy plan would push unfettered domestic fossil fuel production.