Many Parisians are choosing to stay away from the subway for fear of contracting the coronavirus. The environment ministry is seizing the chance to promote eco-friendly two-wheeled travel. Bike shops can hardly keep up with the demand.
The Indian city of Bangalore is sinking in trash despite new regulations to curb the problem. One organization is collecting organic waste and using it to produce eco-friendly biogas.
Guarana gives you a real energy boost, as the indigenous peoples of the Amazon have long known. Mirasilva Oliveira makes drinks from the plant in her snack bar in Manaus. Her specialty includes avocado, peanuts, cashews and plenty of guarana syrup.
Alisa Atkinson has built a unique home for herself in southern Belize. Her 'Earthship' is energy self-sustaining. The walls are made from recyclable materials, including hundreds of bottles.
Water is a valuable commodity in Tunisia, especially in the region of Kairouan, one of the hottest in Tunisia. Rain is getting scarcer and scarcer. Better water management could help dispel tensions and anxiety among the farmers.
Workers at German slaughterhouses have contracted the coronavirus en masse. Most of them are Eastern European migrants. The pandemic has once again shed light on their inhumane living and working conditions.
South Africa's white sandy beaches and smart promenades contrast with life in the townships, where trash often abounds. In the townships of Port Elizabeth, waste collection is irregular at best. Children are playing in the rubbish and getting sick.
Keeping sheep in Germany is hardly worth it anymore. Sheep farmers can no longer make money from wool. The competition from abroad is just too great. But one tailor is looking to change that and is making clothes out of local wool.
People of Asian appearance are being scapegoated in Germany because the coronavirus originated in China. The incidents expose ingrained racist beliefs. One woman has set up a website to make the problem more visible and provide self-help.
For centuries the indigenous Ngobe people have been cultivating cocoa deep in the Panamanian jungle. One woman is helping to protect that green tradition and provide an income for indigenous female farmers with her artisan chocolate factory.
The river that runs through the Kenyan capital once teemed with life. Today it's the most polluted waterway in the country. Together with young residents from the city's informal settlements, Frederick Okinda is working to change that.
Sweet or savoury, bunuelos are a popular snack across Latin America. In Colombia these tasty fritters are eaten with almost every meal. Jose Gilberto Londono shows us how to make them.
The coronavirus has left South Africa's wildlife reserves, and the locals dependent on them, bereft of visitors and income. Poaching has surged as a result. Management, rangers and locals at MalaMala Reserve have joined forces to beat the crisis.
Maize meal, plantains, meat, vegetables: older women of the village of Cardenas in the state of Chiapas cook foods that have been enjoyed for generations. But how long can this traditional cuisine survive?
Even in Tierra del Fuego at the southern tip of Argentina, the environment is polluted with plastic. Biologist Andrea Raya Rey, who studies penguins there, finds nests full of plastic trash. With the help of supporters she is hoping to change that.
Sisikolo soup is a typical dish in the Solomon Islands, a country in the South Pacific Ocean. The soup is made from mangrove beans cooked with coconut, onions and chopped fish. It makes a rich, authentic meal comprising locally sourced ingredients.
The global demand for housing is rising. But cement is a major source of carbon emissions. Scientists in Switzerland have developed a low-cost, cement-free concrete that has far less of an environmental impact.
Malaysia took in some 100,000 Rohingya fleeing Myanmar. But these refugees have no right to work, education or medical care. The plight of children is especially harsh. A former Malaysian beauty queen has founded a private school for Rohingya chil...
Two startups are blazing a trail for e-mobility by introducing electric motorcycle taxis to the streets of Kampala. The aim is to revolutionize Uganda's traffic and transport sectors.
Nitika soin Virdi lives with her husband in the Indian city of Pune. The picture of Buddha on her wall is very important to her. It represents harmony in a world of chaos, and shows that it's always possible to find happiness.
The Tamarind Tree School in Maharashtra state is designed for indigenous children who wouldn't otherwise get an education. Students study reading and math, but also computer programming. And they learn about social justice and democracy too.
Colombia's Misak people want to protect the traditions of their ancestors. An indigenous university focuses on traditional values and spirituality as a protection against outside threats, from large-scale agriculture to drug cartels.
This week's Global Living Room comes from Kenya, where we visit a mother-of-four and her dog Abby.
Iceland may be beautiful but the weather is, well, bracing. Locals and tourists agree that there's no better a winter warmer than hearty soup, the specialty at Svarta Kaffid in central Reykjavik. And it comes in a bread bowl!
The Dominican Republic is a popular destination among visitors to the Caribbean. Inconsiderate tourists, sewage and climate change have already destroyed 90% of the coral reefs there. Coral Gardens is a conservation project set up to protect them.
Pornrat Wongjina and her husband are shopkeepers in Ban Samkha. They used to be farmers, but had to give up when he hurt his back.
Fed up with Gambia's mounting waste problem, Isatou Ceesay set up an initiative called 'One Plastic Bag'. It promotes recycling and provides women with additional income.
Our Global Teen this week is 16-year-old Mia Aliyah Makhija from Bangalore. She's a singer, plays golf and likes to hang out with friends in a cafe.
Venezuela was once a picture-book democracy. Now it's suffering the biggest emigration crisis of a country not at war. The UN expects 6.5m people will have fled the country by the end of the year.
Millions of people in Mali have no access to electricity. Torsten and Aida Schreiber want to change that. They founded Africa GreenTec to provide solar power plants to remote villages.
Kenya is one of Africa's major tea producers. Traditionally, wood is used as fuel to dry the tea leaves. Tebesonik is a company that uses briquets made of waste sugar cane. They are more environmentally friendly and sustainable.
In Uganda people associate "Rolex" not with a luxury wristwatch but an omelet rolled up in a chapati. Faizo Mugerwa's stand in Kampala is busy from dawn until late at night.
While perhaps an acquired taste for people outside the country, Lugaw is hugely popular in the Philippines. Customers throng to Nini Elago's snack bar in Payatas to savor the rice porridge cooked with garlic, congealed chicken blood and chicken feet.
Ghanaian farmers have traditionally earned good money growing tomatoes. Today their market is being swamped with subsidized cheap imports from Europe and China, and prices have plunged. See the full documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlP...
US-born Marisa Tellez has always been fascinated by crocodiles, and is a leading researcher on the animals in Belize. She wants to spread the message that crocodiles are not monsters but vulnerable creatures deserving of protection.
The air in Nairobi is heavily polluted by emissions from cars, buses and mopeds. The first solar-powered trucks and jeeps with electric motors have now started appearing in the city. While the energy is cheap, the vehicles themselves are not.
Aastha Panday is 17 and lives in Kathmandu. She says she has a much better life than her grandparents. She wants to become a dentist so that she can provide rural communities of Nepal with better healthcare.
Twenty years ago, Vimlendu Jha set up the environmental organization Swechha. It collects garbage from the streets of Delhi. Now its for-profit arm is upcycling some kinds of waste. The proceeds help fund other environmental projects.
The Montero family from Colombia prepares this week's Global Snack. They run a food stand that sells arepa con huevo, a fried corncake stuffed with egg.
In this edition of Global Teen we meet Jessica Achieng from Nairobi, Kenya. She enjoys going to school and hopes to become a musician.
Hunting and illegal trading pose a threat to hawksbill sea turtles on the Solomon Islands. Local women are working together to protect the turtles' breeding grounds in the country's first-ever national park.
A meter below sea level, the German island of Pellworm is surrounded by towering dikes designed to keep storm surges out. But will they be enough to protect the green island from climate-induced rising waters?
As sea levels rise, the rich ecosystem of the Wadden Sea in the North Sea is at risk of disappearing. It will take concerted efforts to protect the habitat that is home to thousands of birds, animals and plants.
The new Social Justice/Work Places series takes a look at the world of work in Asia and Europe. In India, women are still underrepresented in the labor force. In Iceland, more than 70 percent of women are employed.
Costa Rica is home to an astonishing number butterfly species. Local farmers breed some species for sale to botanic gardens and butterfly sanctuaries worldwide. The work provides a good income and helps protect biodiversity.
Corn, banana leaves, vegetables and meat - the older women of the village of Cardenas in the Mexican state of Chiapas still cook the way their grandmothers did. How can these traditional recipes be preserved?
Huge amounts of rice straw are left over after the harvest in Thailand. Farmers often burn it, which is terrible for the environment. A young entrepreneur has found a new use for the material. Turned into paper, it can replace plastic food packaging.
Luzmery Yancy Jimenez is 34 years old and lives with her husband and five children in La Mata in Columbia, a small village in the northern part of the country on the edge of the Cienaga Zapatosa, a huge, tropical wetland.