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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 2 September 2008
Richard Daniel
Tuesday 2 September 2008
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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

Where does the rubber worn away from tyres end up?

Every car tyre loses a small amount of rubber in the form of dust as it wears. With 30 million vehicles on the roads in Britain this means a lot of tyre dust in the environment. A listener asked what happened to this dust and is it an environmental hazard.

A detailed, technical, list of the components of tyre dust.

Environmental information on tyres and tyre dust from Dunlop Tyres.

An article on tyre dust from the Ecologist magazine.

Are trees starved of nutrients in the city and does this mean that they seek out water and damage sewers?

Two listeners commented on different but related aspects of trees growing in cities, whether they were starved and their ability to seek out and damage sewers.

A BBC Consumer guide on problems with trees.

A comprehensive list of links related to tree roots and buildings.

An article on the crucial relationship between trees and funghi.

An article outlining some of the aspects of tree growth that can lead to court claims, including a table advising what distance trees should be planted from buildings.

Why can't nuclear waste be re-used so all the radioactivity is consumed in energy production and it is no longer dangerous?

A listener asked why the radiation remaining in nuclear waste cannot be re-used so that the waste itself is rendered harmless.

BBC web pages on nuclear power.

Information on nuclear fuel reprocessing from the World Nuclear Association.

An article on how nuclear power works.

Information on nuclear waste from the Nuclear Industry Association.

Information on the transmutation of nuclear waste from the French Nuclear Energy Agency.

What is the herbicide Aminopyralid and why has it been causing problems on allotments?

A listener asked what was the problem with the herbicide aminopyralid and how gardeners might be sure of using manure that had not been contaminated with it.

Statement from Dow Agrosciences on the suspension of aminopyralid.

Information on aminopyralid from its manufacturers, Dow Agrosciences.

The latest information on aminopyralid from the UK Governments Pesticide Safety Directorate, including a list of the products which contain aminopyralid.

An article outlining the problem with aminopyralid from the Observer newspaper.

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