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50 stories, 5 continents, 1 theme: showcasing passionate people and innovative projects from around the world aimed at combating climate change.

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Making Ghana's cocoa plantations more sustainable, and more productive

Ghana's cocoa production is in decline, with aging cocoa trees and poor agricultural practices exacerbated by drought. But a Dutch NGO is helping to revitalize the sector.


9 Oct 2020

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The islands that vanish beneath the sea

The hallig islands in the Wadden Sea are used to flooding events. The local population is used to their land being swallowed by the sea. But in recent years, they've experienced terrifying storms.


15 Dec 2019

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Rwanda's golden monkeys in danger

Golden monkeys can only be found in the Virunga Mountains in Rwanda. As their habitat is shrinking rapidly, a company's new stove could help preserve the forests where the monkeys live.


1 Mar 2019

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Light and Darkness in Uganda

If you want to have light in rural Uganda, kerosene lamps are the method of choice. But these lamps are dangerous, unhealthy and contribute to climate change. In the last couple of year, more and more people save money to buy a solar power kit.


25 Feb 2019

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Pulque - The Drink of the Gods

For more than a millennium, Mexicans have been drinking pulque, an alcoholic beverage made from fermented agave juice. Its popularity has dropped in recent decades, but pulque seems to be making a comeback - which also has benefits for the environment.


18 Feb 2019

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Growing Cocoa: a bittersweet story

Cocoa is Ghana's main cash crop. After the Ivory Coast, the West-African country is the second largest cocoa exporter in the world. But the trees are sick.


11 Feb 2019

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Colombia: Surviving on the Rio Magdalena

Millions of people living along the Rio Magdalena are feeling the sting of climate change, as fish stocks — and the river itself — dries up. But they're taking action to preserve their unique landscape and way of life.


4 Feb 2019

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Peru: Plant your Future

For centuries, the people of the Peruvian Andes have used their forests only as a source for fire wood. Now the mountains are almost completely deforested. An annual tree-planting ceremony shall bring back the green to the Andes.


28 Jan 2019

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Zimbabwe: Protection for the African wild dog

African wild dogs are one of the most threatened carnivores in Africa. There are only a few thousand left. In Zimbabwe the Save Valley is one of the last protected areas for these animals.


21 Jan 2019

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Indonesia: The sinking capital

The Indonesian capital of Jakarta is sinking by up to 25 centimeters every year. Urban planners try to prevent the worst. But walls alone do not help against the floods. In the Tongkol settlement, people are now take action.


14 Jan 2019

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