From cookies to biodiesel, palm oil is everywhere. But it has a bad environmental reputation. A small company in Sierra Leone is trying to do things differently.
The Christmas Trees for the Forest initiative aims to save threatened woodlands during the festive season by encouraging people to donate a Christmas tree to the forests — instead of cutting one down.
The EU's biofuel policy was meant to help the climate. Instead it's been linked to loss of rainforest because of its reliance on palm oil. New rules aim to phase out the oil but the problem runs deeper, say experts.
Palm oil can be used in everything from cosmetics to fuel, and is cheap and efficient to produce. But this versatile crop has a dark side — its incredible popularity has caused widespread environmental destruction.
DW's half-hour radio show and podcast Living Planet makes the environment matter to you.
Joelle Eyeson, co-founder of Hive Earth, explains the housing challenges in Ghana. Could using the traditional 'rammed earth' technique point the way to affordable eco-housing in the future?
By choosing to eat the same meals again and again, people are putting the future of food supply at risk, a United Nations report has said. Farming and fishing practices could be revamped and new crops introduced.
On this week's Eco Africa, connecting rural households to the Kenyan power grid, cutting deforestation in Ghana and turning green spaces into parks, and planting millions of trees in Nigeria.
On this week's Eco Africa, we explore solar lamps in Burkina Faso, environmental education in Nigeria, and meet the woman making furniture from plastic.
Traditional Mexican beverage pulque is making a comeback - which also has benefits for the environment.
"Some trees that are more than 100 years old, with great value for my people, are being cut, are disappearing, and sometimes being sold for next to nothing." Sena Alouka, Young Volunteers for the Environment.
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