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From cell phones to drones: how technology is helping conservation

ImageAs technology evolves at an ever-quickening pace, it is increasingly being used to aid conservation fieldworkers in their efforts.

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Connecting communities for conservation

Crowd-sourced data can be useful for conservation but how can remote communities with no connectivity get involved? One NGO has an answer.

Armed Conflict

Agent Orange and its Vietnamese legacy

Four decades after the end of the Vietnam War, the US has strengthened ties with its former enemy, but some say the conflict lives on through the toxic defoliant Agent Orange, which is crippling innocent young lives.


Bolivia to supply lithium for e-car batteries

Three engineering firms, two German and one Swiss, are bidding for the right to build a lithium processing plant the in highlands of Bolivia. Lithium-ion batteries are used in mobile phones and electric cars.


Germany to be hit by Vattenfall's coal-ateral damage

Swedish energy group Vattenfall has reported a steep drop in quarterly profits and announced job cuts. In Germany, the company wants to sell its lignite-fired plants, but one research institute has an alternative.


Denmark's wind power flowering: A small country with big dreams of a fossil-free future

Denmark built its first wind turbine in 1991. Today, it manufactures massive turbines that supply clean, renewable energy. So, how has the small Scandinavian country become a global leader in wind power?


Adidas, Nike bolster eco-claims with recycled plastic

Two giants of the sportswear industry recently announced they will use recycled polyester in their products. But environmentalists say much more must be done to tackle the growing problem of discarded plastics.


Saving bees from city balconies?

What can humans do to stop the global bee die-off? As the debate over the role of pesticides rages, urban beekeeping seems like a solution. Unfortunately, it's not that simple, as a German couple from Cologne found out.


An underwater referee fights for survival

A war is playing out in the depths off the coast of Brazil, where seagrass and algae threaten coral reefs. The parrotfish could be the solution - if it can be saved extinction.