Mercury, used in gold mining and electronics, poses serious health risks. Despite international pressure to ban its trade, Kyrgyzstan is ramping up production.
Small UK firms struggle with post-Brexit hurdles to doing business in Europe
It was billed as the rebirth of British business — a chance to build a brighter commercial future, free of costly bureaucracy. But Brexit is proving far from profitable for many UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Swamped by paperwork, taxes, and eye-watering additional costs, some are having to shutter …
Drug deaths: Can Scotland learn from Germany?
In 1996, Trainspotting terrified and transfixed with its heady portrayal of substance abuse in urban Scotland. Today, cinematic fiction has given way to statistical reality, and the nation battles a spiraling drugs crisis with no end in sight. More than 1,200 Scots lost their lives in drug-related cases last year, …
Brexit: Scottish independence back in the spotlight
With Brexit talks sputtering, though not quite dead, the specter of tariffs, travel restrictions, and towering economic uncertainty looms large over Europe. From Berlin to Brussels, Belfast and beyond, leaders are scrambling to shore up no-deal contingencies, finessing plans many hoped would never see the light of day. Yet, in …
Scotland: Support for independence surges
It's been 20 years — almost to the day — since Paula Kirby packed up her things, and moved to Scotland. As an English-woman north of the border, 2014's vote on independence didn't pose too great of a dilemma: the UK was reasonably stable, prosperous, and progressive. Separation "just wasn't …
UK faces new surge in migrant arrivals | DW | 15.08.2020
When at last he arrived in Calais, a port town on France's north coast, Gulwali Passarlay felt a surge of hope long suppressed: safety and the promise of a new life was at hand. But his optimism soon faded. "I had a really, really inhumane experience in Calais. Several times …
UK: Fears of resurgent terrorism as COVID-19 lockdown ends | DW | 12.07.2020
On June 20, as Brits basked in the mid-summer sunshine, terror struck with little warning. Armed with a knife, 25-year-old Khairi Saadallah walked into a park in Reading and stabbed to death three friendsin a frenzied, indiscriminate attack, prosecutors allege. It was — in the words of Neil Basu, head …
Scotland's whisky industry: Ne'er a drop to drink?
Winters are cold in Scotland, and summer is brief. And at all times, it rains. Right? Not exactly. Like most parts of the planet, Scotland is warming. Average temperatures today are almost 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) higher than they were a half-century ago. For Scotland's world-famous whisky industry, …
Scottish islands: Guinea pigs for post-lockdown measures? | DW | 28.05.2020
Barren, beautiful, and sparsely populated. Social distancing comes easily on the remote islands of Scotland. Mile after mile of "machair" — windswept coastal grassland — can be strolled without encountering another living soul. For those in need of a little solitude, it's perfect; for a populace determined to keep a …
Is Mexico's wind sector repeating fossil fuels' mistakes?
Communities in Oaxaca say they were hoodwinked into approving wind parks that pollute their land. As another development looms, they're hoping a legal injunction puts power back in their hands.
Coronavirus takes tragic toll on UK care homes | DW | 03.05.2020
How best to describe his employees' mood last week? Mike Padgham, who runs a number of care homes in Yorkshire, doesn't know. After a lengthy pause, he finds the word: "solemn." The specter of COVID-19 had suddenly materialized, killing three of his care home residents in quick succession. To his …
Behind closed doors: UK domestic abuse surges during coronavirus lockdown | DW | 09.04.2020
"You're safer at home." In the UK — like other nations affected by the coronavirus pandemic — it's the enduring public health message. But for hundreds-of-thousands of British women, there's no sanctuary to be found within their own four walls. "His emotional and verbal abuse is escalating the longer we're …
Coronavirus is death knell for Scottish fishing industry | DW | 01.04.2020
As the worst of the winter weather recedes and Easter approaches, Fraserburgh harbor in northeast Scotland ought to be teeming with activity. Under clear skies, dozens of trawler boats would — in normal times — be setting off for the bountiful fishing grounds of the North Sea, or returning to …
Scotland's shameful record: Homelessness fuels highest drug-death rate in Europe
It's a bitterly cold night in Glasgow, Scotland's largest city. Kevin Barry Duffin's hat is pulled low against the winter chill, and he warms his hands with a steaming cup of coffee. His smile is broad as he approaches for a chat; but behind the homeless man's eyes, there is …
Swedish toxic waste poisons Chilean community for 30 years | DW | 04.12.2019
Arica is a dusty, windswept port city in northern Chile. Tourists wander the city's long seafront under the shadow of a dramatic buff-colored cliff called El Morro. But the bracing sea air belies a toxic controversy that has bounced from court to court, from Chile to Sweden, in vain search …
Monguno: Humanitarian crisis meets climate change
[Video] As northeastern Nigeria continues to suffer under the conflict with the terror group Boko Haram, tens of thousands of people have sought shelter in the town of Monguno, where a military base provides little protection, and food and water are scarce.
Civilian militia takes the fight to Boko Haram
[Video] The CJTF, a youth militia in Nigeria's Northeast, has been fighting Boko Haram since 2013. People worry they might become the troublemakers of tomorrow and want to see efforts to bring them back to school. They took us with them during Sallah.
Bosnia's cash-strapped civil society on the brink
Since the end of the war, NGOs in Bosnia-Herzegovina’s have flourished. However, they depend on financial aid from abroad. As this flow of money wanes, initiatives crumble.
WorldLink: Colombian prisoner theater | DW | 06.07.2018
Conditions in Colombian prisons are so bad inmates often leave psychologically damaged. A celebrity actress is trying to help them cope through acting, with public performances breaking down barriers between prisoners and the society they hope one day to rejoin.
A South Korean organic food 'paradise' in Brazil
A brand new golf cart is parked at a gas station in the Brazilian rural town of Formosa do Rio Preto. An improvised paper is stuck on its back, reading: "Propriedade dos Coreanos," Portuguese for "Property of the Koreans." In a quiet area some 950 kilometers away from its regional …
Colombia′s coca growers feel left behind despite FARC deal
Colombia is set to succeed in its fight against drug trafficking, following the FARC peace deal. But coca-growing farmers worry they will be left without any means of support. Mira Galanova reports.
Togo's battle with coastal erosion
Man-made coastal erosion has reached alarming proportions in Togo. It is threatening the future of two major cities, Lome and Aneho, the current and former capitals, as well as dozens of fishing villages. Coastal erosion, in which land or beaches are worn away by the wind and the waves, is …
Scientists say global quake volume steady, despite appearances
What seems to be a spate of recent earthquakes is raising public alarm about an overall rise in dangerous tremors. But scientists say that, despite appearances, they have yet to prove a global increase in major quakes.
Haiti aid workers rely on satellite maps from German institute
For relief organizations in Haiti, understanding the earthquake's full damage is difficult. Workers only see what is immediately in front of them. A German institute now provides satellite-based maps as a solution.