Environment

How to stop an insect apocalypse

How to stop an insect apocalypse

How to stop an insect apocalypse We might not love creepy-crawlies, but if insects were to vanish within a century, as some scientists predict, there would be dire consequences for us humans. Is it too late to save bees, bugs and butterflies? We often pay little attention to  unless one […]

Cleaning up Mount Everest – the world‘s highest rubbish dump

Cleaning up Mount Everest – the world‘s highest rubbish dump

Cleaning up Mount Everest – the world‘s highest rubbish dump Mount Everest has turned into a dumping ground as the growing numbers of climbers leave their trash behind on the mountain. DW reporter Jasvinder Sehgal visited base camp to meet the mountaineers cleaning up the mess. Deepak Baijal is laying ropes, […]

Can Stradivarius violins weather climate change?

Can Stradivarius violins weather climate change?

Can Stradivarius violins weather climate change? The forest where the wood for Stradivarius violins comes from has been used for 300 years to build some of the best string instruments in the world. Climate change might change that. Angelo van Schaik reports. Back in the 17th century, Antonio Stradivari traveled […]

Gilet jaunes: Yellow vests go green, as Europeans demand climate action

Gilet jaunes: Yellow vests go green, as Europeans demand climate action

Gilet jaunes: Yellow vests go green, as Europeans demand climate action French yellow vests and green activists are coming together in a spirit of revolt ahead of EU elections this spring. When the gilet jaunes — or — protests erupted in France late last year, President Donald Trump, the only […]

Can renewable energy save Uganda‘s Rwenzori glacier?

Can renewable energy save Uganda‘s Rwenzori glacier?

Can renewable energy save Uganda‘s Rwenzori glacier? The people at the foot of the Rwenzori glacier in Uganda want a switch to renewable energy to save the snow on the mountaintop, which is melting fast. Their goal: 100 percent green energy by 2020. Will they succeed? Uganda: Solar energy lights […]

Warning: smoking kills you — and the planet

Warning: smoking kills you — and the planet

Warning: smoking kills you — and the planet Health warnings for smokers have never been clearer. But what about the health of the planet? Cigarette butts are the most common item of single-use plastic waste in the world — and that‘s only one piece of the puzzle. We all know […]

In Ghana, new updated mud houses could be the future

In Ghana, new updated mud houses could be the future

In Ghana, new updated mud houses could be the future 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? DW: What is the mission of your company Hive Earth?  Joelle Eyeson: […]

Women custodians of biodiversity hold key to food security

Women custodians of biodiversity hold key to food security

Women custodians of biodiversity hold key to food security A UN report on the state of world biodiversity for food and agriculture links rising food insecurity and chronic hunger to threatened habitats and ecosystems. But traditional female stewards of biodiversity offer hope. Zimbabwean farmer Miriam Cikenzi works hard to grow groundnuts, one crop […]

Environmental psychology: How do you feel about that coffee to go?

Environmental psychology: How do you feel about that coffee to go?

Environmental psychology: How do you feel about that coffee to go? DW‘s Hannah Fuchs likes to think she‘s pretty responsible about her environmental impact. But the guilt induced by a take-out coffee got her asking why even the most eco-conscious of us slip up. I try to keep the waste […]

Welcome to the newest edition of Eco Africa

Welcome to the newest edition of Eco Africa

Welcome to the newest edition of Eco Africa 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. This week‘s  is full of creative ideas from across Africa and beyond […]