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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 4 March 2008
Richard Daniel
Tuesday 4 March 2008
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This week's guests:

Professor Philip Stott

Baroness Barbara Young

Dr Stuart Monro


Melting of the Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica

It has been reported that the Pine Island glacier in the Antarctic is melting more rapidly than previously thought and if it does it will raise sea level.

Report from October 2007 on the British Antarctic Survey site of a large iceberg breaking off from the Pine Island Glacier.

Link to a 3D movie of the Pine Island Glacier at the Scott Polar Research Institute.

Notes on Sea Level Rise from the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia.

Can mosquito and other biting insects transmit viruses including HIV?

Mosquitoes transmit malaria in their bite but can they also transmit HIV and other viral diseases.

Life cycle of the malaria parasite from the US Centre for Disease Control.

Description of why mosquitoes cannot transmit HIV from the Rutgers University in the United States.

Information on the most notorious biting insect in the UK, the Highland Midge.

Information on the major viral disease transmitted by mosquito bite, the West Nile virus.

Variability in houses energy efficiency.

A listener who lives in a house heated almost exclusively by waste wood was told that their house is energy inefficient. He asked what, if any, provision there was in Home Information Packs for the individual circumstances of each house.

The UK Government's Home Information Pack website.

The Energy Saving Trust which provides a wide variety of information about energy saving measures.

The Log Pile, the wood burning information site from the National Energy Foundation.

What is the "Last Ice Age"?

It is often referred to but rarely explained, the last Ice Age ended around 10,000 years ago.

Information on the Last Ice Age from the University of Manchester.

Description of Ice Ages

Time line of the last 100,000 years featuring the last ice age.

BBC News report about an attempt to recreate an Ice Age environment.

The threat to bees

Colony Collapse Disorder, or Sudden Colony Collapse is a mysterious condition whereby beehives suddenly die. At present the cause is unknown.

A short article on CCD with links to further information.

A BBC News report on the problems of CCD in the US and its potential impact on crops and crop production.

UK National Apiculture Programme from the UK Government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

British Bee Keepers Association.

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