Whether precious minerals like gold or fossil fuels like coal, the Earth yields a bounty - and often suffers for it.
The Earth provides natural resoures that human societies depend on. Extraction of natural resources have made some people rich - and such extraction has also resulted in environmental costs. Overexploitation of natural resources like water and soils exhausts these invaluable resources, while rubble and toxic waste from extractive processes like mining also leave their mark. DW explores the topic of natural resources.
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.
This week on the show, we're talking about the environmental impacts of being born, as well as dying. What strain does our current population of over 7.6 billion people put on the earth? How much is our population expected to grow, and how will this growth further stress natural resources and the climate?