The environment is all around us, and humans depend on it to live.
Plants and animals, but also soil, water and climate: The environment is all around us, and we depend on it to survive. Environmental topics touch our lives every day, from where the food we eat comes from, to how the energy we consume is made, to what happens with the waste we produce. Here is an automatic compilation of DW content on environmental topics.
Villagers in the Ecuadorian Amazon are wondering how they'll survive an oil spill that's contaminated their water supply and put their future at risk. Also, why cars destined for the scrap heap are ending up on Africa's roads, and the campaign to save lions left behind in the wake of Sudan's conflict.
Earlier this year, thousands of barrels of black sludge contaminated the Ecuadorian Amazon after a landslide damaged oil pipelines. Environmentalists say it was the region's worst oil spill in decades. It's not only threatening the health of a uniquely biodiverse part of the Amazon, it's also taking a massive toll on local villagers who depend on clean river systems for survival.
Osman Salih was horrified when, earlier this year, he discovered an abandoned zoo in war-torn Sudan. Inside the cages there were animals starving to death; some were already dead. The photos he snapped of emaciated lions soon went viral on social media, sparking a campaign that has since turned the animals' situation around.
Each year, millions of second-hand cars that have been relegated to the scrap heap in Europe, the US and Japan end up on African roads. That's a problem - not only because these vehicles fail to meet safety standards in the countries exporting them, but also because they're an environmental hazard.
Global meat production is predicted to grow 85% by 2050. If this happens, it will have a cataclysmic effect on the environment. So how are we going to feed 10 billion people - who desire meat - without using more land and increasing atmospheric emissions? The answer to this question will have to include meat alternatives. But which ones have a chance? And what's standing in the way?
Since the pandemic started, face masks have become a key tool in the fight to curb COVID-19 infections. But with countries ramping up production of a largely disposable product, a new environmental problem is emerging. At the same time, so are some solutions.
Petrochemical and recycling companies in the United States are lobbying their government to push Kenya to relax strict anti-plastic measures. Environmental campaigners say that if these firms have their way, Africa could become a dumping ground for plastic.