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Richard Daniel chairs the interactive environmental programme in which he and his guests deal with listener's questions and concerns.
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Listen to 31 December
Richard Daniel
Tuesday 31 December 2002
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Home Planet is chaired by Richard Daniel and is produced by the team behind Making History. The series gives Radio 4 listener's the opportunity to contribute to the growing discussion about the state of our world - are there big issues to be tackled or is everything fine as it is?

Is paper from managed forests as sustainable as recycled paper?

Why do we always seem to get ferocious storms in October?

I'm interested in a 'green' investment portfolio; can I help the planet and still make money?

Should I strip the paper of our tin cans before I recycle them?

Will a switch to hydrogen combat global warming?

These are just some of the questions that have been sent in to the programme over the past months and our team are ready to field many more over the next 13 weeks.

This week's guests:

Ros Taylor Principal Lecturer in Geography and Environmental Science, Kingston University

Emeritus Professor Philip Stott of the University of London

Derek Moore OBE, Chief Executive of the Wildlife Trusts of South & West Wales

This week's questions:

Christmas Lights

My work takes me around the UK and I've never seen so many Christmas lights outside people's houses as I have done this year. I'm no Scrooge, but is this just more commercialisation of a traditional holiday which does nothing to reduce our use of energy?

About York: Switching on to a greener Christmas
Energy Saving Trust: Melting hopes of a white Christmas

Oil Spills at sea

After the sinking of the Prestige, I was struck by the number of scientists interviewed on radio and television who gave the opinion that nature can cope with these man-made disasters - are they all in the pay of the petrol-chemical industry or this really the case?

Home Planet interviewed Dr Martin Angel of the Southampton Oceanography Centre

Southampton Oceanography Centre
The Paris and Oslo Commissions
BBCi News: Stricken oil tanker sinks EU: Prestige oil spill
Guardian: Prestige oil spill
Exxon Valdez

Spanish Hydrological Plan

What are the environmental consequences of transferring water from the River Ebro in northern Spain to Murcia in the south east of the country?

Home Planet interviewed Carlos Garcia from the Regional Government in Murcia

IWA: Spanish National Hydrological Plan
Guardian: Wreckers of the landscape
Iberian Congress on Water Management and Planning
WWF: Spain's National Hydrological Plan

Christmas Trees

Does growing thousands and thousands of Christmas trees have a detrimental impact on the environment?

Home Planet interviewed Roger Hay, Secretary of the British Christmas Tree Growers Association.

The British Christmas Tree Growers Association
Christmas Tree Web

Contact Home Planet

Send your comments and questions for future programmes to:

Home Planet
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Brighton BN1 1PL

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Our future guests include:

Barbara Young, Chief Executive, Wildlife Trusts of South and West Wales

Derek Moore OBE of the West Wales and Glamorgan Wildlife Trusts

Emeritus Professor Philip Stott of the School of Oriental and African Studies

Roger Deakin - writer

Tom Curtin - corporate adviser

Susan Buckingham Hatfield of Brunel University

Ros Taylor of Kingston University
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