planet e. is an environmental documentary format from ZDF, German Television. It deals with a variety of issues concerning environmental aspects. Incidentally, planet e. is presently the only environmental documentary format in German Television where people have the opportunity to tell their own stories. Narratives on all aspects of life on this planet.
Find below attached a selection of our best episodes.
CrisprCas - The so-called gene scissors alter the genome of plants, animals and humans. Simpler, more precise and cheaper than ever before. But where are the risks?
Is this the future of agriculture? Vegetables and lettuce heads stacked on several floors, artificially lit. Fully automatic breeding. Protected from drought, frost and storm. This is no future vision, but already reality in Japan.
The prices are low, the offer is huge. Up to 24 new collections are launched by the major fashion chains every year. The problem: Fast fashion causes mountains of clothes. The resistance against it is growing.
Super-fast, powerful, fail-safe - the new 5G generation of mobile phones is regarded as a network of superlatives: data transfer with ultra-short loading times. Industry is driving the wireless future: smart fields, the Internet of Things, self-propelled cars… Soon it will all be possible with 5G. But antennae density increases for 5G. Scientists warn of the consequences.
A new food trend conquers Germany: Fresh, hip and very trendy - Superfood. Quinoa, goji berries, chia seeds… Superfoods are supposed to contain a lot of nutrients. But what does the hype about superfood mean for the people in the countries of origin? Does the ever-increasing demand even destroy entire ecosystems?
Insect mortality. Since the dramatic results of a trial, a change is happening. Referendums, a great deal of media attention and new research. When it comes to researching the causes, the focus is increasingly on agriculture. But there are not enough reliable figures yet. Research is underway. Without insects, the colapse of ecosystems is imminent.
Europe's agriculture: A disaster for the environment in many places. The landscape, climate and biodiversity suffer. But the EU continues to pump huge sums of money into an obviously ill system. While an environmentally friendly agricultural policy is not in sight. Why?
Is this the future of mobility? Air taxis and manned drones are no longer utopias. Or could cable cars be the solution? Like here in Bolivia. It's the same picture all over the world: congested inner cities, permanent noise, polluted air. The fight against mega-congestion has begun worldwide.
Our industry consumes an enormous amount of energy, coming from oil, gas and coal. But more and more industry bosses are demanding to finally take energy revolution seriously now. But when it comes to expansion of solar, wind and water power, other countries have long since overtaken the former model pupil Germany. Only if energy transition succeeds, can prosperity be secured and new technologies bring new jobs.
Happy animals, healthy vegetables, fair prices and sustainable agriculture. That’s the vision of the organic movement. The reality today: Organic is booming. Discounters are tempting with bargain prices, which has consequences.
The German Bayer group is under pressure. The price of shares is at rock bottom. The controversial issue: pesticides. With fatal side effects.They have been on the market for decades. An early suspicion: Bayer's pesticides do not only poison bees. But there is an environmentally friendly alternative: threadworms. Just as effective, but without side effects.
As if out of nowhere, objects are created. A machine can build them layer by layer. Made of plastics or metals. Building plans from the computer become immediate reality. From digital design to the finished product, the path has never been so short. Three-dimensional printing processes make new designs feasible. Their production requires less material, labour and energy.
People from all over the world are threatened by the changing climate. The affected people do not know each other, yet some of them take an unusual step together: ten families and a youth organisation are suing the European Parliament.
Infrasound occurs where large masses are in motion. This happens in nature - with avalanches and earthquakes, for instance. But infrasound also arises through technology and industry. It’s caused by large machines and blasting. Even wind turbines generate infrasound - whenever their blades rotate.In a densely populated country like Germany, where wind farms border on residential areas, many people are robbed of their sleep or even get sick
Our Earth is changing. The Arctic is melting. Vast areas of permafrost are disappearing. Habitats for animals and plants are being lost.Coastal cities threaten to sink into the ocean. Hurricanes are getting stronger, causing ever more damage. 70-year-old Angaangaq, shaman and elder of the Greenland Eskimos, has dedicated his life to rousing humanity from its slumber.
Our climate is tipping. And unbalancing many things: The sea and its inhabitants. Peace and security. And the global economy. A young climate activist from Colorado is setting off to alert people around the world.
Ethiopia in Africa has a rich variety of animal life.Some twelve million people are dependent on the rivers that rise in the Bale Mountains. If they are not to dry up, the National Park must be saved. But how?
Peru in South America: a country with an abundance of natural treasures. Located in an isolated part of south-eastern Peru is the Manú National Park. But even this largely inaccessible region is threatened.
Every year, more than 2 million animals are used for experiments in Germany alone, including many monkeys. Nationwide, opponents draw attention to animal suffering in the laboratories. They demand an unconditional stop. Science is in a dilemma. But are there really no alternatives for animal testing?
Penniless and without a chance. There's misery in Africa. 50 years of development policy didn't alleviate poverty. A German-African start-up wants to do the impossible now, with a revolutionary business idea.
The small Indian state of Sikkim dares to do a unique experiment: agriculture without pesticides or artificial fertilizers. 100 percent organic. In Germany, on the other hand, organic farming doesn't gain momentum. Why is that? Could Sikkim be a role model for us?
In recent years, especially in the Mont Blanc area and others under surveillance, we have seen a significant increase in rockfalls at certain altitudes. Boulders on the highway, destroyed houses. The experts are very concerned. Because the climate is changing. Is the living environment in the Alps in danger?
Meat that does not come from animals that have to die for it - that's the vision of scientists working on cultured meat. Can this idea help to replace industrial livestock farming with all its negative impact for the planet?
Pythons: both threatening and fascinating. Their leather is extremely sought-after. As a luxury product in the world of fashion. Behind the scenes: an industry that is almost uncontrollable. Opaque business deals to the detriment of the environment. Could a genetic fingerprint protect these snakes?
Germany is a country of bombs. Every day new ordnance with deadly poison gas is discovered. More than five thousand bombs from the Second World War are recovered and dismantled in an elaborate process every year. In addition to that there are hundreds of thousands of poison-gas shells that were sunk off the German coast.
Access to clean water and sanitation is a human right, according to the United Nations. Empty words for the people living in the slums of Dar Es Salaam. They have neither. It’s a vicious circle of poverty and disease.
Untouched and wild. River landscapes – in many places they’re things of the past, but not in the Balkans. But nowadays these last habitats are endangered. Hydropower stations are threatening to destroy this natural treasure. More and more people are offering resistance.
Our water. Quite naturally a mix, containing lots of different substances. One of them is arsenic. It’s a life-threatening element and it can be found in German groundwater too. Scientists from Germany have decided to investigate this toxin.
The Beznau Nuclear Power Station in Switzerland. The oldest nuclear power station in the world. Problems have become an everyday occurrence. Tihange in Belgium. Despite its major problems, this nuclear power station is still allowed to continue running. Europe’s largest nuclear power station: Zaporizhia in Ukraine. There’s fighting nearby, with dangerous weapons. Three examples that show: The continued use of nuclear power is a constant worry.
Humankind is heating up the planet. In nature, volcanoes can create cooling blankets. Should we copy something like that artificially and cool the climate with technology? On land, in the oceans and in the atmosphere? An emergency operation for our earth’s climate? The closer we look, the more problems we see. The earth as a big lab – an opportunity or a risk?
The king of the beasts is going through a difficult time. His kingdom is shrinking. There have never been so few lions as there are today. Now scientists are going down new avenues to protect the last lions together with the Maasai.
Storms, floods, drought - climate change has many faces. What few people realize, however, is that the effects of climate change long since reached our supermarkets, too - because many foodstuffs come from far-off countries where drought and freak weather destroy entire harvests.
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