Episodes
Cities like Bangkok and Berlin could face flooding due to climate change. Bangkok faces rising sea levels and extreme weather. In Berlin, increasingly heavy rainfall is challenging drainage systems. The 'sponge city' idea could be the way forward.
Published 10/04/22
The world is suffocating in plastic, but PET is an alternative to single-use plastic. Unisensor has developed sorting machines that can produce 100 percent pure PET flakes from recycled bottles. Could it help to beat the plastic problem?
Published 10/04/22
Computers are a heat source whose potential has yet to be tapped. The more data they process, the hotter they run. A home desktop PC may only produce enough thermal energy to warm up a small office, but there are data centers that have lots of potential.
Published 09/27/22
The Greek government is speeding up its energy transition by promoting wind energy in particular. But resistance to wide-ranging wind farm construction is growing on Evia, a large island near Athens.
Published 09/27/22
The production of avatars for the metaverse relies on the provision of full-body scans. That's complicated. Entrepreneur Naureen Mehmood from Pakistan has developed a platform which simplifies the process.
Published 09/20/22
Digital systems are increasingly voice-operated. Two-thirds of people in Africa are at a digital disadvantage due to not speaking a global language. The big tech companies focus on clients in Europe and the US – but why not Africa?
Published 09/20/22
The war in Ukraine hadn’t had much of an impact on Alaska until recently, when the US banned fish imports from Russia. Although it’s possible to maneuver around the sanctions, Alaskan fishers are hoping to fill the gap.
Published 09/13/22
Peatlands are great for the climate because they store huge amounts of carbon, but the majority of them were dried out for peat mining and agricultural purposes. Now peatlands are being rewetted by the very farmers who destroyed them.
Published 09/13/22
German farmers are struggling due to droughts and dryness. Heat waves and intense sunlight cause crops to grow quickly, but the edible grains are underdeveloped because of lacking water. The climate crisis is now reality in many regions.
Published 09/13/22
The demand for energy is enormous, so why is wind power having such a hard time taking hold in Germany? Getting permits for wind turbines can take years, and production is expensive. Has Germany lost its footing in this industry of the future?
Published 09/13/22
No rain. Rivers running dry. Sinking water tables. Europe's harvest in danger. Innovative ideas are called for. In Germany, farmers are investing in new reservoirs in the hope of turning waste water into groundwater.
Published 09/06/22
How should you answer the phone if someone calls you? Why is it important to smile on the phone, even if no one can see you? Do young people still know how to talk on the phone?
Published 08/30/22
An underground tunnel system for autonomous freight transport is being built in Switzerland. Two corporations have joined forces for the mammoth project — but it also needs government support.
Published 08/30/22
Flying taxis could soon dominate the skies. The company Lilium is already developing them. Initial test flights will still be without passengers or a pilot on board. But the first commercial flights are already scheduled to depart in 2025.
Published 08/30/22
Baidu, China's equivalent to Google, has become the first company to introduce driverless cars on China’s public roads. At the same time, Teslas have been banned, supposedly for safety reasons. A new front in the tech war between China and the US?
Published 08/30/22
Many companies renew their computers and servers every few years. It comes at a huge cost, both financially and to the environment. But in recent years, the market for refurbished computer equipment has really taken off.
Published 08/23/22
Workers at US giants like Amazon, Starbucks, Apple and Google are opting to form unions at an astonishing rate. And they’re having surprising success, despite those companies trying to suppress their efforts.
Published 08/23/22
Gross domestic product, or GDP, only tells half the story. It shows the value of all goods and services, but doesn't consider factors like quality of life, happiness or the environment. We look at the pros and cons of using GDP to measure wealth.
Published 08/23/22
The gas crisis is also affecting food production. Gas is needed to make artificial fertilizers, pushing prices out of reach for some farmers. A US-based startup could have a solution with a new kind of fertilizer that is less damaging to the environment.
Published 08/16/22
Many of the vegetables eaten by Europeans are grown from the biggest saltwater lagoon, Mar Menor in Spain, and now it is being poisoned by industrial agriculture. Thousands of fish perished in summer. DW reports.
Published 08/16/22
Thousands of older wind turbines in Europe are set to be dismantled by 2024. Their blades are especially hard to recycle, and many end up on the scrap heap. In Poland, designers have found a novel way to reuse them.
Published 08/12/22
Young Bangladeshi entrepreneur Samiha Tahsin founded an IT start up with the aim of building a more inclusive world. Here, she tells her story and shares what inspired her.
Published 08/09/22
The oil-rich US state of North Dakota is seeing an uptick in drilling due to the energy crisis. Wary of sustainable alternatives, locals hope the crisis will provide a long-term boost to the oil industry and the jobs that depend on it.
Published 08/09/22
Inflation and the pandemic have led to skyrocketing rents in NYC. Many locals are being priced out of the market, while evictions and homelessness are on the rise. But people are starting to take a stand.
Published 08/02/22