Environment

Green tech: From Africa to Germany

Green tech: From Africa to Germany Water pollution, deforestation and wasted energy are problems all over the world. African students are working to solve them, and they‘re exchanging ideas with Germany to do it. Herdsmen shepherd goats, sheep and cattle through the wilds of Ghana, letting them bath in lakes as the fierce sun beats down. It‘s an image that […]

Germany‘s mining communities brace themselves for post-coal era

Germany‘s mining communities brace themselves for post-coal era The coal industry is the biggest employer in some regions of Germany. In the east German city of Zeitz, people fear for their jobs and demand concrete plans for their future once the climate-killing fuel is phased out. What future for coal workers? Stephan Barth steers his SUV across the hilly terrain […]

African deforestation: ‘If nothing is done, we may lose everything‘

African deforestation: ‘If nothing is done, we may lose everything‘ Africa‘s tropical forests, which include the Congo Basin, are under constant threat. Deutsche Welle speaks to Proforest‘s Abraham Baffoe on what stands to be lost and what needs to be done to tackle deforestation. Africa‘s tropical forests include the Guinean Forests of West Africa and the Congo Basin, a sprawling […]

Are corrupt politicians behind Peru‘s palm oil plantations?

Are corrupt politicians behind Peru‘s palm oil plantations? In recent years, Peru‘s sprawling jungle has been cleared for palm oil and cocoa plantations. Conservationists say the land is controlled by private companies who acquired it through corrupt means. The Peruvian rainforest isn‘t what it used to be. Land that just a couple of years ago was covered in the thick […]

Fire and ice: The untapped fossil fuel that could save or ruin our climate

Fire and ice: The untapped fossil fuel that could save or ruin our climate Methane hydrate buried below permafrost and the ocean floor could meet the world’s energy needs for 100 years – but would extracting it be catastrophic for the climate? When we think of the planet‘s diminishing fossil fuel reserves, we might picture oilfields, coal gouged from open-pit […]

Our beautiful planet: The mystery of Poland‘s Crooked Forest

Our beautiful planet: The mystery of Poland‘s Crooked Forest In western Poland, the strange shape of a grove of 100 pine trees have left locals and environmentalists guessing. At first glance, the trees appear as bark-covered question marks turned on their heads. The grove of roughly 100 trees, the tallest reaching around 50ft, is a surreal sight: their trunks jolt […]

Trump Walked Away From The Paris Deal, But Others Are Leaning In

One year ago, when President Donald Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, we joined Nicaragua and Syria as the only countries on Earth to reject that landmark global climate convention. Many around the world believed that America had turned its back on solving the climate challenge, and our announcement raised fears that other […]