Pollution can take many forms.
Air, water, solid waste - most agree that pollution is harmful for people and other life on Earth. But more controversial is how to best prevent it - and clean it up.
In Greece, award-winning, internationally renowned drinking water is being produced. But what makes a world class mineral water? Soil content? Pollution control techniques? Green farming? And how will the water be affected by the current drought, which is one of the worst in decades?
Client Earth CEO James Thornton how using the law creatively helps to save the planet / Marid's new traffic restrictions to curb air pollution meet mixed reactions / villagers in India use plastic waste to create new items while protecting their tribal culture and their ancient forest.
To curb air pollution, Madrid now has some of the strictest restrictions for vehicles in Europe. Older cars are banned from entering the inner city, visitors will need special permission. Sidewalks are being widened, and the speed limit has been set at 30 km/h in many places. The decision has proved to be highly controversial — but the left-wing city government remains committed.
With increased awareness about the problem of plastic pollution, our natural reaction may be to ask, ‘How can I help?’ Beach cleanups are one simple and positive answer, but do they really make a difference? Not necessarily, we learn on a beach in Honduras.
Why did tragedy strike an environmental activist couple in Chile? Who will win the fight over Germany’s coal phase-out and why is the movement attracting protesters from around the globe? Do beach cleanups actually help, or just soothe our conscience? We dig into these tricky subjects on this week’s episode of Living Planet.