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Air pollution costing Europe billions

ImageAir pollution is not only unhealthy but also expensive. Hans Bruyninckx of the European Environment Agency tells DW why. His agency's recent report shows staggering annual costs as a result of relatively few companies.


Spanish island generates its own clean energy

An island in the Canaries has developed a unique system to produce all the electricity it needs. The combination of wind and hydro power provides seamless energy, saves Spain money, and acts as a model for the future.


Kruger National Park to sell rhinos

Kruger National Park is home to the world's largest rhino population but it's also a hotspot for poachers. Park officials plan to sell some off Kruger's rhinos to game reserves.

Auto Industry

Volkswagen to invest billions in fuel-efficiency, new factories

Volkswagen has announced a new multi-billion investment plan for the next five years. Newer, more fuel-efficient models are on the way, plus massive expansion in China.


Europe’s birds are disappearing

Sparrows and starlings are disappearing at an alarming rate in Europe. Richard Inger of the University of Exeter talks to DW about what is behind the decline and what can be done to stop it.


How the Dutch love of cycling is glowing in the dark to inspire innovation

Aims to reduce carbon emissions have sparked an innovative boom in The Netherlands. It starts with glow-in-the-dark, solar powered, heated cycle lanes, and may go anywhere. Suzanna Koster, Eindhoven.


Curbing population growth not the answer to climate change, say experts

The planet is facing huge environmental challenges and although it’s controversial some argue curbing population growth could help. But UNFPA's Daniel Schensul tells DW controls won't achieve much in the short-term.

Global Ideas

Can love and technology save global biodiversity?

A new inspirational way to engage people to become environmentally active has emerged. Instead of sending messages of loss and destruction, companies are trying to inspire the next generation with positive messages.


The G20's climate change

Lobbyists are now dubbing it the "de facto" climate change summit. And that, despite all of the Australian prime minister's extraordinary efforts to keep it off the agenda. Ben Fajzullin reports from Brisbane.


Greenpeace activist injured off Canary Islands in oil protest

Greenpeace and the Spanish navy have issued conflicting accounts of two collisions between dinghies in the Atlantic Ocean. A Greenpeace activist, protesting Repsol oil exploration there, was hospitalized as a result.


UN Emissions Gap report: World falling short on climate

The world still isn't even close to preventing what scientists consider a dangerous level of man-made emissions, a new United Nations report says. Scientists predict that 2014 will rank among the warmest years on record.


Cape Verde group answers turtle SOS

The Cape Verde Islands are a key nesting area for loggerhead turtles. But the species is endangered as a result of hunting and mass tourism. On the island of Sal, SOS Tartarugas takes care of turtles - big and small.

Digital Life

AfriLeaks - Africa's answer to Wikileaks?

AfriLeaks, an anonymous whistleblowing platform for Africa, is set to launch at the end of November. DW takes a look at how the platform will work and the push for open data in Africa.

Nuclear Power

Fukushima disaster site 'like a science fiction film'

Science journalist Ranga Yogeshwar has gained extensive access to Japan's battered Fukushima power plant. He speaks to DW about exploring radiation-contaminated zones, and how the cleanup has progressed so far.


Opinion: Real commitment to world hunger looks different

Now that the three-day UN conference on food and malnutrition is over, one thing is clear: there is no simple recipe against world hunger. But small steps are better than none, says DW's Bernd Riegert in Rome.