DW Global Ideas

Clever ideas against climate change

The "Super Berry" Business

Açaí is the most popular fruit found in the Amazon region. The berries have also gained an international reputation as a superfood. Employing sustainable methods to raise and harvest them helps protect the rainforest, and also makes business sense.

Social Impact of a Hydroelectric Power Plant

The global energy requirement is set to double by 2040 compared to 2015 levels. In western Uganda, a new hydroelectric power plant is under construction on the River Lubilia. However, there are also downsides to the project.

Our forests, the oxygen producers

A woodland walk is a wonderful thing. Deep among the trees, where the air is unbeatably fresh, there’s an atmosphere of peace and calm. Forests also provide many raw materials, but what shape are they in?

Facing Climate Change in Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, climate change is already having drastic effects. A third of its surface area is just above sea-level. Now Transparency International is carefully monitoring the country’s use of international climate funds.

Our drinking water, the stuff of life

Without water, there would be no life on earth - no people, no animals, and no plants. It is our most important resource, vital to all growth. But do we have enough water?

Our valuable oceans

The sea, a source of fascination for many of us, nourishes both body and soul. But it can also be wildly unpredictable and still holds many mysteries. How much, for example, do we know about the marine ecosystem?

Valuable dirt: our earth

The ground upon which we walk is the basis of our existence. It serves as a bed for our fruit and vegetables, it filters water and accommodates countless creatures. But what state is our ground really in?

Sloths: Just hanging around

More than 90% of this South American country is covered in virgin rainforest. But greater and greater inroads are being made into its untouched depths, destroying a habitat that’s home to many unique species. Suriname’s sloths are particularly affected.

Cutting Costs for the Climate

Industry guzzles over one third of Tunisia’s energy supply. The country has to import most of its power, which makes it expensive. Slowly but surely, the sector is switching to more energy-efficient technology.

Fighting Erosion in Senegal

Few people thought that climate change might help promote democracy in Senegal. But the country’s poorest are aware that they’ll be the first affected by rising sea levels and irregular rainfall.