Earth Beat, 27 July 2012. We say goodbye by all piling into the studio and letting everyone do a story they’ve always wanted to. There will be mosquitos, underground Paris, demilitarized zone Cyprus, a quiz, and some lies about lizard people.
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At best irritating, at worst, deadly, the mosquito is one insect that no one seems to like.
Host Marnie Chesterton speaks to Professor Willem Takken from Wageningen University and Joe Conlon from the American Mosquito Control Association to find out if it’s possible to wipe the mosquito off the face of the earth.
Marijke Peters had long wondered what it would be like to delve under the Paris streets and explore the vast network of underground tunnels.
On this last programme she fulfilled her childhood fantasy with the help of cataphile Gilles Thomas.
She kitted herself out with wellies and a head torch and trekked around the dark and damp underworld, an experience she’ll probably remember for longer than she would like.
More: take a virtual trip underneath Paris at cataphile.com.
Jan Teerlink was a Dutch merchant whose ship was seized by the British in 1803, and whose papers and possessions were confiscated. His wallet was taken, containing over 30 seed samples. It was kept in the Tower of London, and then the National Archives, but not discovered until 2005, by Dutch researcher, Roelof van Gelder.
When they were discovered, some were given to the Millennium Seed Bank, to see if they would germinate, after 200 years. A number did, but only two survived: an acacia and a Leucospermum (which has just flowered), a big deal because it means the seed bank can positively identify the species.
Fiona Campbell teamed up with plant ecologist, Salih Gücel and Nicholas Jarraud, environmental specialist with the UNDP for a trip to the Buffer Zone. The dividing line on the island has been there since 1974 when the Turkish army invaded in response to a military coup by the Greeks. Since then the island has existed with a partition separating the Turkish and Greek Cypriots.
Salih and a team of scientists wanted to examine what had happened to wildlife in this 180km long strip of land in the absence of man. He and Nick took Fiona to the remote village of Variseia, one of their favourite places for spotting interesting species, including the elusive mouflon. View photos.
Earth Beat editor Chris Chambers concocts a quiz based on past programmes to try and catch out the producers and presenter. Questions on HeroRATS, nudity and wild peeing get the team guessing, but which of them is the most up-to-speed on the stories? View photos.