Biodiversity
Die ausgemusterte Kuh
Die ausgemusterte Kuh

Etwa zwei Drittel der deutschen Bauern haben Holstein-Rinder in ihren Ställen stehen. Ältere Kuhrassen verschwinden. Artenvielfalt ist das nicht. Christine Rohrer hat mit zwei Bauern über ihre Landwirtschaft und ihre unterschiedlichen Konzepte gesprochen.

Bildkorrekturen 2011
Bildkorrekturen 2011

How to report adequately about a topic as complex and versatile as biodiversity? This question was at the heart of the 10th journalistic workshop “Bildkorrekturen” in Feldafing. This brochure is a result of the workshop and tries to give answers to the aforementioned question.

Endangered species: the horse chestnut
Endangered species: the horse chestnut

With the seasonal change, the trees are starting to turn yellow and red – with the exception of a few trees where the leaves are turning brown before all other plants. The horse chestnut is suffering from the contamination by a type of butterfly, called the leafe miner. Gemechu Bekele has the details on how the trees are affected by the animals. Most concerning is the health of the horse chestnuts.

The McDonaldisation of Water
The McDonaldisation of Water

Modern water canals connect rivers and seas allowing large container ships to travel across the world delivering their goods. But at the same time they open the way for all kinds of creatures to go where they don’t belong – and pose a major threat to biological diversity. Myles Tweedie reports on the dangers of those aquatic alien autobahns and possible ways to control this flow.

Coffee – tradition and danger to biodiversity
Coffee - tradition and danger to biodiversity

Germany is a coffee drinking nation. However, the birthplace of coffee is Ethiopia, one of the top producers. Farhana von Mitzlaff tells the story of how the coffee came from countries like Ethiopia to Germany and other places in the world – and what this vast expansion means for biodiversity today.

Cut, clean and sell – the Tannenbusch Dune
Cut, clean and sell - the Tannenbusch Dune

One might think that dunes can only be found along the coast line. However there is an ancient dune right in the middle of North Rhine-Westphalia. The so called Tannenbusch Dune is one of Bonn’s green spaces that serves as a recreational area for people living in the area. Atif Tauqeer Hamid found out that it also serves a different purpose for a special project by the University of Bonn’s department for natural conservation and biodiversity protection.

Print Dossier No.4 – Biodiversity in Germany
Print Dossier No.4 - Biodiversity in Germany

Considered by many as an urban jungle Berlin has a reputation as being a wild city. We’ve taken a closer look and discovered that there is so much more to this expression than clubs and bars. Follow us around through the city and find out more about the green side of Berlin. Read how people protect their favorit flowers, what’s behind the labyrinth of herbs and the modern version of Noah’s Ark. But be careful there’s is real wildlife taking on the streets of Berlin as you will see.

Green Roofs – the future of urban wildlife?
Green Roofs - the future of urban wildlife?

In the midst of grey asphalt and stainless-steel pillars green islands are taking back what was originally theirs – and more. Katsiaryna Kryzhanouskaya talked to home owners who have turned their roofs into beautiful gardens. And this is much more than just a trend they say. Find out more about the new urban oases.

Bees and Biodiversity
Bees and Biodiversity

Hi, high, higher to bee or not to bee – is this the Question? Follow Farzana Kabir Khan on her trip through the Siebengebirge, known in Germany for its bee colonies. Find out how these small yellow and black striped creatures sweeten the human life and enable biodiversity.

Mother nature cares
Mother nature cares

The idea of all modern medicine is in nature – but only few people know how many medicinal plants grow just outside their front door. Follow Jens Albrecht, a naturopath and herbalist in Bonn, and Arti Ekawati on a meditational walk through nature and learn about the healing features of everyday herbology.

Surprise: Parrots at your doorstep!
Surprise: Parrots at your doorstep!

Parrots are the common pets in Germany. What about free-living parrots though? For several years now cities like Bonn, Cologne or Düsseldorf have become the new home to some exotic birds, unsual for this area. How this came about and what consequences the new neighbours might have for local species is the focus of this article.

Radio Magazine No.4 – Biodiversity
Radio Magazine No.4 - Biodiversity

Fresher than green apples, here’s our brand new radio magazine with reports on Biodiversity, researched and produced within five days by IMS students from around the world.