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Earth Beat, 8 June 2012. The big comeback. In Europe that means the return of the sturgeon to its natural habitat, while in Siberia one man battles to return the wilderness back 15,000 years (minus the woolly mammoths, sadly).

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An Atlantic sturgeon
An Atlantic sturgeon
Sturgeon surgeon - listen in new player

In southern France some surgery has been taking place. With great skill and tenderness, and with the aid of some anaesthetic, cuts have been made in fifty sturgeons and receivers inserted.

It’s the preliminary stage in the attempt to reintroduce this extraordinary fish back into the rivers of Europe. View photos.

Esther Blom from WWF Netherlands tells host Marnie Chesterton why it’s worth making the effort.

More - Sturgeon returned to Dutch waters. View sturgeon videos from the WWF.

Beautiful wilderness - land around the Chernobyl reactor.
Beautiful wilderness - land around the Chernobyl reactor.
Chernobyl, a quarter century on - listen in new player

In April 1986, one of the reactors at the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine exploded. Contamination was spread far and wide, leaving a swathe of countryside uninhabitable and tens of thousands were banished from their homes. Radiation is harmful to living things, but the long term effect on people and ecosystems remains unknown to this day, 26 years on.

You might imagine, like Mary Mycio, author of Wormwood Forest: A Natural History of Chernobyl did, that Chernobyl and the surrounding area would look lifeless, like a barren moonscape, but that’s not what she found at all. She paints Marnie a picture. View photos.

More - The trail camera in Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. BBC Future - Will we ever... clone a mammoth?

Yakutian horses were the first dwellers of the Pleistocene Park
Yakutian horses were the first dwellers of the Pleistocene Park
Pleistocene Park - listen in new player

Fifteen thousand years ago, the great plains of Siberia swarmed with herds of mammoths, rhinoceroses and snow sheep. Global warming and the arrival of humans put paid to this ecosystem.

But scientist Nikita Zimov is hoping to stage a comeback for some of the species that once flourished during the Ice Age, with an experiment called Pleistocene Park.

And by doing so, cool things back down a little. View photos.


Tjeerd, Bram, Flip and Marcel help people try to fix broken objects at "Tussen R
Tjeerd, Bram, Flip and Marcel help people try to fix broken objects at "Tussen Rijk en Rotzooi"
From rubbish to riches - listen in new player

Garbage. You’d rather get rid of it than consider its value. Gone is the old computer in the basement, that blender that broke the second time you used it.

But what if there was a place that you could bring your junk to, to either give it away, or get it fixed for free, give it a sort of comeback? Would that change how you think about garbage? Would it no longer be rubbish, but a source of wealth?

Recently, NP3, an artist organization in Groningen, set up such a project - Urban Mining - and Earth Beat producer Anik See went there to see what it was all about, and what her garbage was worth. View photos.

How to put a creek in a city
How to put a creek in a city
Car park creek - listen in new player

Many rivers and creeks that run through our cities are diverted off into underground concrete tunnels.

Marnie speaks to Richard Register about a car park which was dug up in Berkeley to bring the creek beneath it back to the surface, in what the locals term a ‘daylighting’ project. View photos.

  • Esther Blom<br>&copy; Gert Polet -
  • Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands and local schoolchildren releasing the sturgeons near Rotterdam<br>&copy; WWF Netherlands -
  • Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands and local schoolchildren releasing the sturgeons near Rotterdam<br>&copy; WWF Netherlands -
  • On April 26, 1986, an explosion ripped through the 4th reactor block at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in then Soviet Ukraine, igniting a fire that burned for ten days and spewed the radiation equivalent of 20 to 80 Hiroshima bombs around the Northern Hemisphere.<br>&copy; Wormwood Forest: A Natural History of Chernobyl -
  • 800,000 &quot;liquidators&quot; took part in the clean up of what remains the worst man made environmental disaster in history. The equipment they used was too radioactive to leave the exclusion zone.<br>&copy; Wormwood Forest: A Natural History of Chernobyl -
  • In some very radioactive places like the Red Forest, you&#039;ll find mutant pine trees like these.<br>&copy; Wormwood Forest: A Natural History of Chernobyl -
  • These peat lands were once a collective farm, but have returned to their natural state, becoming a sanctuary for thousands of ducks, storks and black swans.<br>&copy; Wormwood Forest: A Natural History of Chernobyl -
  • Hardened radioactive lava like this will remain lethally radioactive for longer than modern humans have existed.<br>&copy; Wormwood Forest: A Natural History of Chernobyl -
  • Adult male moose in the water<br>&copy; Pleistocene Park -
  •  While baby moose are very small they are held in small paddock on the station. If babies were born in the late spring they have to be additionally fed by milk.<br>&copy; Pleistocene Park -
  • Musk ox in winter<br>&copy; Pleistocene Park -
  • Wapiti in Pleistocene Park<br>&copy; Pleistocene Park -
  •  Reindeer herder catching 2 year old reindeers to transport to the park<br>&copy; Pleistocene Park -
  • A worker at the repair cafe at &quot;Tussen Rijk en Rotzooi&quot; tries to get the housing off a broken digital camera so he can repair it.<br>&copy; Walter van Broekhuizen -
  • Tjeerd (second from front) fixes a man&#039;s 25-year old Walkman so he can use it again.<br>&copy; Walter van Broekhuizen -
  • The event &quot;Tussen Rijk en Rotzooi&quot; took place at np3&#039;s temporary location, made of recycled shipping containers.<br>&copy; Walter van Broekhuizen -
  • A volunteer at the repair cafe has a look at a broken electric typewriter to see if it can be fixed.<br>&copy; Walter van Broekhuizen -
  • What the creek in Berekley could look like - drawing by Richard Register<br>&copy; Ecocity Builders -
  • Educating kids about nature at the creek<br>&copy; Ecocity Builders -
  • Watching a dragonfly<br>&copy; Ecocity Builders -


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Lois Swatscheno 11 June 2012 - 4:43pm / United States

I so agree with Mark. I'm a new listener to Earth Beat, having disovered the program just a couple months ago and so disappointed that its coming to an end. I have learned so much in the few months I've been listening and so sorry to see it go. It is a valuable program with an important message. Good luck to all of you and perhaps we'll all be lucky and Earth Beat will be picked up by another station, it would be a wise move for them.
Lois S

M Gurung 11 June 2012 - 4:15pm / USA

I'm really sad to hear the news myself. Sunday evenings won't be the same no more. Took it for granted, but like all good things it's come to an end. I'm sure the next few shows will be great and thank you for all the wonderful time.

Maria B. 11 June 2012 - 1:41am / United States of America

I am very sorry to hear that Earth Beat will be ending its run soon. I've enjoyed listening to your program for the past few years and I feel that issues should remain at the fore of our minds everywhere! I wish you all the best of luck in your future endeavors.

Mark Freed 10 June 2012 - 4:38pm / canada

I am very sorry to hear that earth beat is being cancelled.

It's on CBC overnight in Canada;

It is very interesting, well produced, and informative.

This is not good news at all. Please reconsider.

Mark Freed.

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