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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 26 August 2008
Richard Daniel
Tuesday 26 August 2008
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Professor Philip Stott
A Parliament of Things

Dr Nick Riley
British Geographical Survey

Graham Appleton
British Trust for Ornithology

Recording at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust - Slimbridge. Wed 10th September at 5:00pm

We will be recording a special edition of the programme at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust centre at Slimbridge in Gloucestershire. If you want to come along and pose a question for the panel then please do email, phone the helpline or write to us, contact details are below. If you just want to come and meet the panel and be part of the audience then you will be more than welcome. Just come to the centre for 5:00pm.

WWT Slimbridge centre.

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This week's programme

Heat in the atmosphere and air source heat pumps

How is the Earth heated by radiation from space and are air source heat pumps a useful way to extract useful heat from the atmosphere?

A BBC article describing the greenhouse effect.

A greenhouse effect FAQ from NASA.

Information on heat pumps from the UK Information Network for Heat Pumps.

Information on heat pumps from the Energy Saving Trust

House martins and house sparrows?

A listener noted that the house martins that normally nest outside her window had gone and house sparrows were nesting in their vacated nests. She wanted to know whether this was normal behaviour..

The RSPB on the conflict between house martins and house sparrows.

House martin info from the BTO.

House sparrow info from the BTO.

Can solar radiation be used to produce large quantities of fresh water?

Solar desalination has been happening for centuries but there are, as yet, no large scale solar desalination plants producing fresh water for agriculture or drinking.

A theoretical proposal for a large scale solar desalination plant illustrating some of the principles involved.

A proposed large scale solar desalination plant in Australia.

What has happened to the populations of blackbirds, sparrows and song thrushes?

A listener noted that where he lives sparrows are making a come back, blackbird populations are stable but thrushes have completely disappeared.

Information on the song thrush from the BTO.

UK Biodiversity Action Plan for the Song Thrush.

Information and clips of the song thrush.

Can carbon be captured from car exhaust gases and stored harmlessly away from the atmosphere?

The principle of carbon dioxide emissions in car exhausts and how they might be captured.

An article outlining some of the principles of carbon sequestration.

Carbon Capture and Storage UK.

An article describing one widely reported potential technology for caputuring carbon dioxide from car exhausts. There are many others.

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