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Richard Daniel chairs the interactive environmental programme in which he and his guests deal with listeners' questions and concerns.
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Listen to 19 February 2008
Richard Daniel
Tuesday 19 February 2008
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This week's guests:

Professor Philip Stott

Professor Yvonne Rydin

Dr Nick Brown

Home Planet recording in Edinburgh

An edition of Home Planet is going to be recorded at 1:00pm on Sunday 2 March at the Dynamic Earth Centre in Edinburgh. Please do come and be part of the studio audience. If you would like to pose a question to the panel in person please send us the question in advance by email, post or via the BBC Audience Line, details below, marking your question EDINBURGH.

Dynamic Earth Centre is next to the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, click here for details on how to find it.

We look forward to seeing you on the 2nd of March.

The Home Planet Team.


Is it better to build new or renovate old properties?

A report by Gavin Killip from the Lower Carbon Futures programme (PDF) at Oxford's Environmental Change Institute into whether it is better to build new, energy efficient buildings or to renovate old ones.

A report from English Heritage on energy conservation in traditional buildings (PDF). This offers suggestions as to how buildings might be made more energy efficient with insulation, draught proofing and the like.

The Energy Saving Trust, a UK Government run organisation that has advice on how to make your home more energy efficient. It also includes links to the grants available and information on everything from draught exclusion to major renovation.

Factsheets available from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors on a range of issues surrounding energy use and building.

What is the best type of plant to act as a Carbon Sink?

All plants absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as they grow, and different ones store different amounts for different periods of time in their tissues.

A detailed description of the carbon cycle from the Woods Hole Institute in the United States. This covers how plants absorb carbon dioxide, how it is stored by the plants and released when they die and how other elements of the environment also absorb and release carbon dioxide.

A comprehensive set of questions and answers about how forests and agriculture store, sequester, carbon dioxide.

BBC Bitesize website describing how plants absorb carbon dioxide via photosynthesis.

Why don't all new houses have solar panels installed?

Information on how solar water heating works from the Centre for Alternative Technology.

National Trust report (PDF) on microgeneration of electricity, including solar photovoltaic panels.

Information on the installation of solar photovoltaic panels from the Low Carbon Buildings Programme of the UK Governments Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform. This website includes information on what grants are available for solar water heating and solar photovoltaic installations.

The Renewable Energy Association the trade body for manufacturers of renewable energy products.

Are newly discovered animals likely to be recently evolved?

What is the process that turns trees into coal and how many trees does it take to produce a tonne of anthracite?

New Scientist web site discussing many different aspects of evolution. Includes recent research, guides to the workings of evolution and briefing notes on evolution.

BBC report on the recent discovery of a new species of giant elephant shrew in Tanzania.

Information on the Vu Quang Ox, or Saola which was a large mammal discovered within the last ten years in the forests of Vietnam.

The Australian Snubfin dolphin, a new species recently identified by DNA analysis.

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