Wetlands may not be as sexy or eye-catching as coral reefs or rainforests but these diverse, complex landscapes play a vital ecological role. For World Wetlands Day, we pay homage with a tour of swamps, bogs and marshes.
From a small amphibian with miraculous regeneration properties, to wild animals wandering the streets of Nairobi — and even the healing powers of our forests. We take a closer look at the weird and wonderful life that calls our planet home, and ask some hard questions about the future of the planet's biodiversity.
The axolotl is among the most bizarre-looking animals on the planet, and its amazing regeneration ability makes it invaluable to scientists. But it's slowly disappearing from its native Mexico due to pollution and habitat destruction. Now, the axolotl may have found unlikely protectors in a group of nuns who have teamed up with scientists to save the species.
COP 14 kicks off this week — a key meeting of decision-makers on biodiversity. With goals focusing on how to conserve the array of life on our planet and ensuring resources are used sustainably, the body will be looking at how we can protect ecosystems from pollution, habitat loss and climate change. DW’s environment team leader Sonya Diehn discusses the global state of biodiversity.
African masks have a history almost as long as the continent to which they belong, but an artist in Ghana has given them a whole new twist by making them out of waste. Meet the inimitable Ed Franklin Gavua.
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Meet a man who's doing his bit for the environment by digging holes in urban India. It might sound unlikely, but it's helping to prevent both flooding and drought. Welcome to the world of the recharge well.
On this week's eco@africa, we learn about a solar powered water purification system that can process dirty water while charging phones and see how permaculture is being used in Kenya to restore the environment.
On this week's eco@africa, we meet a man who started planting trees in 1980 to stop desertification in Burkina Faso, we learn how to turn glass into art and visit an amazing vertical farm in Germany.
"We need nature, but nature doesn't need us." Lala Njava
DW's half-hour radio show and podcast Living Planet makes the environment matter to you.
For 30 years, the Brazilian government has been monitoring the extent of logging in the world's largest rainforest. What began with huge photos on paper is now digital — and yet trees are still being felled.
The disintegrating Greenland ice sheet is the leading cause of global sea level rise. And, according to a new study, it's melting faster than it ever has in recorded history.
The Himalayan Gaddi community of pastoralists has long lived from the land. But with rising temperatures pushing them higher up into mountains in search of grazing pastures, their way of life is under threat.
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