Water is life.
Fresh water sustains life on Earth — but it is a finite resource. As fresh water supplies run out, this can risk people's water security, endanger ecosystems and even fuel conflict. Here's a compendium of DW stories around the topic.
As people around the world come together for the largest mass climate protest in history, we introduce you to DW's brand new environment podcast, On the Green Fence, examining issues of climate change, pollution and conservation. Hosts Neil and Gabe visit a Bavarian town where the water has been tainted by a dangerous chemical and head to the Black Forest where the legendary wolf has returned.
North and South Korea are fighting plans by the Japanese government to release radioactive water presently stored at the destroyed Fukushima nuclear power plant on the northeast coast of Japan into the Pacific Ocean.
How would you feel if the water you've been drinking from your tap for years was tainted with a dangerous toxin? Neil and Gabe visit the Bavarian town of Altötting to hear from locals whose blood is filled with PFOA, a persistent chemical that is linked to cancer. How can we minimize the damage we do to our environment given our reliance on industrial chemical production?
DW's Neil King, Gabriel Borrud and Vanessa Fischer drop by the studio to talk about the new DW podcast On the Green Fence. They discuss how making this 5-part series that explores issues like climate change, water pollution, biodiversity loss and food sustainability has affected their outlooks on the world. And we hear what chaos ensued when Neil and Gabe shared a tent with a few mosquitoes.
Prolonged droughts and crop failures are causing some Indian villages to empty. For the women and elderly left behind, it's a struggle. As temperatures continue to rise, there's little hope their loved ones will return.
On a voyage from Antarctica to Bremerhaven, the Polarstern's team of scientists and students are trying to better understand why water temperatures are rising in the deep ocean. The students (all talented scientists themselves) are learning how to monitor changes in the ocean and climate — methods they can take to their home countries, which are already feeling the impacts of climate change.
The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization estimates the Dry Corridor is experiencing one of the worst droughts in the last ten years, with over 3.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. In Nicaragua, farmers are now learning to adapt to the ever harsher climate conditions by monitoring rainfall. Lise Josefsen Hermann went to explore. Her report is presented by Samantha Baker.