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Tuesday 15:00-15:30
Richard Daniel chairs the interactive environmental programme in which he and his guests deal with listener's questions and concerns.
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Tuesday 15 July 2003
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Panel

Dr Susan Buckingham
Head of Department and Senior Lecturer in Geography, Brunel University; Director of the Women's Environmental Network

Dr Anna Lawrence
Human Ecology Programme Leader, Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University

Emeritus Professor Philip Stott, University of London

Discussion topics

How do we find out accurate information about the loss of species?

A listener is interested by claims made by the Rainforest Action Network that 137 species become extinct each day - and up to 50,000 each year. How do we know this?

Rainforest Action Network

Classification of Life and Species
Professor Stott shows how one species of damselfly falls into the Classification of Life:
  • Life
  • Kingdom: Animalia (animals)
  • Phylum: Arthropoda (animals with jointed limbs, segmented bodies, and an exoskeleton of chitin)
  • Class: Insecta (insects)
  • Order: Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies)
  • Suborder: Zygoptera (damselflies - means equal wings)
  • Family: Coenagrionidae (narrow-winged damselflies)
  • Genus: Ischnura (a group of narrow-winged damselflies first described in 1840)
  • Species: Ischnura elegans (blue-tailed damselfly - common around ponds)


  • A species name is always formed of two separate Latin words, as with Ischnura elegans, which combines the genus name with the species element. The species is the animal or plant of which you see an individual specimen.

    How to dispose of low energy light bulbs

    National Energy Foundation
    DEFRA
    Community Recycling Network
    The Recycling Consortium
    Waste Recycling Group plc

    Individuals making a difference to the health of our environment
    Sustrans - the Sustainable Transport Charity
    Environ
    The Environmental Concerns of Disadvantaged Groups

    Involving children with environmental issues

    Wildlife Learning
    The Princes Trust
    Wildfowl and Wetland Trust
    RSPB Wildlife Explorers
    The Wildlife Trusts
    Your local education authority or local library will be able to give further information.

    Houseflies

    What would happen to a housefly, busy around a light at night, if that light were switched off. The panel was keen to point out that these insects can be harmful to human health.

    Oxford City Council pest control
    Barrow in Furness Environmental Health

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