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Every Thursday, a new episode of Living Planet brings you environment stories from around the world, digging deeper into topics that touch... more

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What's better: E-readers or paper books?

Do you ever find yourself stumped by a seemingly simple choice between two things because you're not sure which would... more

22 Feb 2024 · 14 minutes
The comfort of a tree

How often do you stop to really look at the trees in your neighborhood or in your local park? To... more

15 Feb 2024 · 14 minutes
We need to talk about farmers and mental health

Recent studies say mental health is in decline among farmers, and they say climate policy is partially to blame. We... more

08 Feb 2024 · 29 minutes
The truly amazing world of fungi

When you hear the word fungus, what comes to mind? Maybe you're thinking about those semi-circular growths on tree trunks... more

01 Feb 2024 · 27 minutes
If you love salmon, you might want to listen to this...

From farmed salmon with open wounds and lice-infested bodies, to the dangers of mating between wild salmon and its farmed... more

25 Jan 2024 · 29 minutes
Why this 3D-printed house could be a gamechanger

This week, a deep dive into the fascinating story behind a 3D-printed house made entirely of bio-based materials. We spoke... more

19 Jan 2024 · 21 minutes
Is recycling really the answer to the plastic crisis?

Globally only 9% of all plastic waste is recycled. But why is that rate so low? On this week's episode... more

11 Jan 2024 · 29 minutes
Bioplastics: The good, the bad and the ugly

One way to curb the world's plastics problem would be to use bioplastics. But not all bioplastics are created equal.

04 Jan 2024 · 30 minutes
Bugs that eat plastic

What if there were a way to curb plastic pollution using enzymes? That's what scientists are exploring. On this episode,... more

28 Dec 2023 · 30 minutes
The everyday Americans tackling climate change

Americans across the United States are grappling with unprecedented extreme weather events. And if you travel across the country, you'll... more

21 Dec 2023 · 30 minutes
What kind of world is possible?

Some major climate records were broken this year that paint a grim picture. But what we hear less about are... more

15 Dec 2023 · 33 minutes
Cooling amphibians & carbon-capturing mollusks

Come on a journey from central America to France, to follow the story of the quirky, feathery-gilled Mexican axolotl with... more

07 Dec 2023 · 29 minutes
Whisky's peat problem, the repair cafe & climate skeptics cashing in on the green economy

Is indulging in a wee dram bad for the climate? We investigate whisky's peat problem from the Isle of Islay... more

30 Nov 2023 · 30 minutes
Amitav Ghosh on colonialism & the climate crisis

Did climate change start with the industrial revolution, or was it earlier than that? And how can the story of... more

23 Nov 2023 · 30 minutes
War & warming

The military isn't exactly known for sharing its secrets. But what about when that information has huge consequences for the... more

17 Nov 2023 · 29 minutes
Holding on: Dutch farmers, California's salmon & Germany's Ahr valley

As The Netherlands continues to battle dangerously high nitrogen levels, its farmers grapple with keeping their businesses afloat and switching... more

09 Nov 2023 · 29 minutes
Is it time to end biofuels?

Making fuel out of food. Sounds like it could be pretty sustainable, right? But then again, does it make sense... more

02 Nov 2023 · 29 minutes
Rethinking conservation

Protecting African wildlife is a big deal - and big business. It's often linked to tourism, which is not always... more

26 Oct 2023 · 30 minutes
The business of bogs

Peat bogs are enormous carbon sinks. They store twice the amount of carbon dioxide compared to the planet's forests. But... more

19 Oct 2023 · 30 minutes
Out with the old: European cities & climate change

They're beautiful. They're historic. But they're not really built for this new era of extremes. From Paris to Venice to... more

12 Oct 2023 · 30 minutes
Tweaks for the environment? From pills for burping cows, eyes on cows' butts & more

Wait, what? From a "cow-burp tax" to painted eyes on cows' rear ends to help stave off predators, surprisingly helpful... more

05 Oct 2023 · 29 minutes
Introducing: The Big Switch on Europe's energy crisis

Putin's assault on Ukraine triggered an energy crisis that sent Europe's economies into a tailspin and put the European clean... more

29 Sep 2023 · 29 minutes
Reenvisioning the restroom

It's perfectly natural and something we do every day. Whether you use a squat toilet, a pit latrine or a... more

21 Sep 2023 · 30 minutes
The growing microplastics problem

Microplastics have been found everywhere — from the deepest parts of the ocean to the heights of Mount Everest. A... more

14 Sep 2023 · 29 minutes
Insuring ourselves against the inevitable

We hear from people in California whose home insurers have left them in the lurch as weather extremes intensify in... more

08 Sep 2023 · 30 minutes
Giving up fast fashion

Writer and stylist Aja Barber on the imperialism of the fashion industry and how to kick your shopping addiction. And... more

31 Aug 2023 · 30 minutes
Water woes & how to combat water scarcity

What do you do if there isn't enough fresh drinking water around? According to the World Resources Institute, a quarter... more

24 Aug 2023 · 29 minutes
Life in the Arctic & Russia's exiled environmentalists

We hear from Russian climate activists and environmental organizations working in exile. And we take you to Svalbard in the... more

17 Aug 2023 · 29 minutes
How did we become planet plastic?

Each year, the world produces 430 million tons of plastics – and that figure is set to triple by 2060.... more

10 Aug 2023 · 30 minutes
Extreme heat & mass tourism

As the northern hemisphere's summer heat intensifies, wildfires burn from Greece to Algeria to California, and climate scientists admit that... more

04 Aug 2023 · 30 minutes
Leaving coal, not people, behind

We visit the state of West Virginia in the United States to hear from people grappling with the phase out... more

27 Jul 2023 · 30 minutes
The power of solar

Solar energy is about to get a push in Croatia which has a lot of sunshine, but so far hasn't... more

20 Jul 2023 · 29 minutes
Cooling amphibians & carbon-capturing mollusks

Why the survival of the Mexican axolotl matters for keeping Mexico City's temperature down. The special carbon-capturing capacities of clams.... more

13 Jul 2023 · 29 minutes
Where your dirty old cars end up & Norway's bid to mine the ocean floor

We hear about how used cars from wealthy countries are getting a new lease on life in Ghana. And we... more

06 Jul 2023 · 29 minutes
The world on fire: How to deal with wildfires

As fires are burning in Canada in what's been called an unprecedented wildfire season, with smoke drifting over to the... more

29 Jun 2023 · 29 minutes
Whale speak, nature's opera & tidal marshes (rebroadcast)

How do sperm whales express their cultural differences? And what kind of music would birds and the wind make if... more

22 Jun 2023 · 29 minutes
Bill McKibben on power & the climate emergency

Environmental journalist & author Bill McKibben helps us understand the link between power, Russia's war in Ukraine and the climate... more

15 Jun 2023 · 30 minutes
Amitav Ghosh on colonialism & the climate crisis

We talk to renowned Indian author Amitav Ghosh about the origins of the climate crisis, the story of one very... more

08 Jun 2023 · 30 minutes
Introducing: Drilled on ExxonMobil's oil colonialism in Guyana

This week we're sharing an episode of Drilled, a true-crime climate podcast we love that describes itself as Law &... more

01 Jun 2023 · 29 minutes
Critical minerals & decarbonization: Can we have our cake and eat it, too?

We hear from people in Puchuncaví, Chile, who want to reclaim their region from industrial exploitation. And we talk to... more

25 May 2023 · 30 minutes
Climate misinformation: How do we tackle it?

Climate journalist Stella Levantesi, climate communication researcher John Cook and Wikimedia strategist Alex Stinson join Sam Baker for an engaging... more

18 May 2023 · 29 minutes
Genetic modification divides Kenya, swapping coca for biodiversity in Colombia & Ghana's eroding coastline

We hear why Kenyan farmers are rejecting genetically modified seeds, meet the biodiversity guardians protecting peace in the rainforest region... more

11 May 2023 · 30 minutes
Introducing: Heat of the Moment on what a 'just transition' really means

This week we're sharing an episode from Heat of the Moment, a podcast from Foreign Policy in partnership with the... more

04 May 2023 · 30 minutes
Conflicting priorities: The cost of cobalt, dealing with deer in Scotland & fighting heat and air pollution in India's slums

On Living Planet this week, too many deer in the Scottish Highlands are leading to community disputes over how to... more

27 Apr 2023 · 30 minutes
Fake electronics lead to e-waste, the pitfalls of compostable packaging and a greener refugee camp

This week on Living Planet, we hear how refugees in Cameroon are creating shade and fresher air, as they connect... more

20 Apr 2023 · 29 minutes
Hawaii: Paradise in peril

We head to the Hawaiian Islands to hear how climate change and the touristic obsession with a dreamy island getaway... more

13 Apr 2023 · 29 minutes
A change of taste: Coffee, wine & flying

Are two of the world's most beloved beverages – coffee and wine – viable in a world warped by climate... more

06 Apr 2023 · 30 minutes
Preventing the next pandemic

We hear how the next zoonotic disease could be brewing in Kenya, and speak to a non-profit group trying to... more

30 Mar 2023 · 29 minutes
The Way of Water

From the water shortage in the Western United States to changes in floodplains in the Amazon, how is climate change... more

23 Mar 2023 · 29 minutes
Searching for home on a hotter planet

We follow Australians battered by climate catastrophes, a walrus devoid of its ice floes and Indians from the eastern state... more

16 Mar 2023 · 29 minutes
Climate in the classroom

How should we talk to kids about climate change? From Belgian teens interacting with climate change on a philosophical level... more

09 Mar 2023 · 29 minutes
Profits, peaks & climate-proofing islands

At a time when many people are struggling to pay their energy bills, we hear how oil and gas giants... more

02 Mar 2023 · 29 minutes
Back to basics: Hand-pollination, ancient grains & organic hope

Today on Living Planet — more farmers around the world are turning their backs on industrial agriculture in an effort... more

23 Feb 2023 · 29 minutes
Flower power, cloud catchers & green cobalt

We head to the Canary Islands, where scientists are devising novel ways to squeeze every last drop of moisture out... more

16 Feb 2023 · 29 minutes
Europe is destroying ancient forests in the name of 'green energy'

Is burning wood to generate energy sustainable? It is according to the EU's renewable energy strategy — a policy that... more

09 Feb 2023 · 30 minutes
The nature around us: Permafrost science breaks down in the Russian Arctic, building a library of species, biopiracy and brown hyenas

This week on Living Planet, we hear from climate scientists whose work has been disrupted by the war in Ukraine.... more

02 Feb 2023 · 29 minutes
How do we shake fossil fuels? Petrochemicals in beauty products, Uganda's pipeline battle and evaluating EVs

Today on Living Planet — a controversial oil pipeline in Uganda stirs up strong reactions. We ask what fossil fuels... more

26 Jan 2023 · 29 minutes
Finding the cold on a warming planet — balmy winter sports, chilly supermarkets and ancient ice cores

Today on Living Planet, we're traveling to some cold (and not-so-cold) places. We're asking how Europe’s snow-starved winters are affecting... more

19 Jan 2023 · 29 minutes
Too far or not far enough?

In recent months, climate activists have thrown food at famous paintings and glued themselves to roads. In the German town... more

12 Jan 2023 · 30 minutes
Assault on the Amazon's guardians

This week on Living Planet — as Brazil welcomes its next president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, we reflect on... more

05 Jan 2023 · 29 minutes
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Finding the cold on a warming planet — balmy winter sports, chilly supermarkets and ancient ice cores
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Today on Living Planet, we're traveling to some cold (and not-so-cold) places. We're asking how Europe’s snow-starved winters are affecting winter sport... more