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.
German startup Ubitricity partners with Germany's 'Clean Air' project to implement eco-friendly initiatives. The goal is to increase electromobility in 90 German towns that suffer from emission and pollution problems.
Marine plastic trash is a major problem in Indonesia. Images of plastic debris-strewn beaches and stomachs of dead fish full of plastic materials have sparked global outrage, with activists calling for stricter action to deal with the environmental hazard. In Bali, a community campaign is trying to create awareness on this issue.
More people are moving to urban centers across Africa. According to the United Nations, sub-Saharan Africa is the fastest urbanizing region in the world. However, the uncontrolled migration is leading to congestion and pollution. Listen to the show as Edith Kimani engages young people in Tamale, Ghana to understand why they are leaving as well as some measures to curb the problem.
‘On the Green Fence’ looks at some of the most divisive and pressing environmental topics of our time. Two regular guys with no set environmental views — DW reporters Neil King and Gabe Borrud — explore complex and highly controversial issues, talking with climate protesters and wolf psychologists, sorting through household rubbish and fighting mosquitoes. Starts August 25th.
A change at the top of British politics – Rome’s rubbish crisis - The new Greek PM clamps down on smoking - The world's largest arts festival prepares to kick off in Edinbugh - Turkey gets tough on Syrian refugees - Controversy in Prague over a column – Ghost nets in the Baltic - Madrid's low-emissions zone – Getting fleeced in Paris
A new, conservative local government in Madrid got rid of a low-emissions zone,that was introduced in central Madrid by the previous, left-leaning mayor. This has enraged environmentalists, who say the low-emissions zone was an effective way of improving air quality. But now the conflict over Madrid's air quality has gone to the courts. Guy Hedgecoe reports.