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Monday 22 December  
Marnie Chesterton recording the last-ever edition of Earth Beat

Earth Beat - The End

On air: 27 July 2012 3:00 (Photo: RNW)

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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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A mosquito
A mosquito
Mozzies - listen in new player

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.



Parisian catacombs
Parisian catacombs
Wading through the Paris catacombs - listen in new player

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

Dr. Hugh Pritchard with a Leucospermum grown from a 200-year-old seed
Dr. Hugh Pritchard with a Leucospermum grown from a 200-year-old seed
Growing 200-year-old seeds - listen in new player

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.

Anik See spoke to Dr. Hugh Pritchard, Head of Research at the Millennium Seed Bank. View photos.

The abandoned village of Variseia in the UN Buffer Zone
The abandoned village of Variseia in the UN Buffer Zone
Having a field day in no-man’s land - listen in new player

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.

Goodbye and thanks for listening!
Goodbye and thanks for listening!
A blast from the past - listen in new player

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.

Then Marnie proposes a toast to everyone who’s worked on the programme, you, dear listener, and to the wonderful world around us. Thanks for four happy years, we’ve had a blast. Goodbye!

  • The first flowering of the Leucospermum, which will positively identify the species<br>&copy; Anik See -
  • Exterior of the Millenium Seed Bank in Sussex, England<br>&copy; Anik See -
  • Jan Teerlink&#039;s wallet, property of a ship seized by the British in 1803<br>&copy; Anik See -
  • The inside of trader Jan Teerlink&#039;s wallet, where over 30 seed samples were found, along with samples of silk<br>&copy; Anik See -
  • Seed samples found in Jan Teerlink&#039;s wallet<br>&copy; Anik See -
  • Jasmine growing in the abandoned village of Variseia, in the Turkish/Greek Cypriot UN Buffer Zone<br>&copy; Dr. Salih Gücel -
  • Abandoned homes in Variseia<br>&copy; Dr. Salih Gücel -
  • UN escorts accompanying Earth Beat&#039;s trip to Variseia<br>&copy; Dr. Salih Gücel -
  • Fiona Campbell and Dr. Salih Gücel, plant ecologist, walking around Variseia<br>&copy; Dr. Salih Gücel -
  • Fiona Campbell and Nicholas Jarraud, environmental specialist with the UNDP<br>&copy; Dr. Salih Gücel -
  • Abandoned schoolroom, Variseia<br>&copy; Dr. Salih Gücel -
  • Wild capers, Variseia<br>&copy; Dr. Salih Gücel -
  • A wild mouflon in the Turkish/Greek Cypriot UN Buffer Zone<br>&copy; Dr. Salih Gücel -
  • Recording the final Earth Beat. Fiona Campbell and Chris Chambers<br>&copy; RNW -
  • From left, Marnie Chesterton and Fiona Campbell<br>&copy; RNW -
  • Anik See prepares to open a Champagne bottle with a sabre (or cava with a kitchen knife)<br>&copy; RNW -
  • Marnie, Anik and Fiona toast the last ever Earth Beat<br>&copy; RNW -


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athul.genius 10 March 2013 - 5:20pm / India

I've been browsing for a longtime and finally i found those pictures!!
I'm so sad that Earthbeat ended. But I'm happy that there WAS Earthbeat after all!! Love

athul.genius 10 March 2013 - 3:43pm / India

I was listening to Eartbeat program on the radio - 105.6 MHz FM GyanVani Kochi.
I was listening about beautiful Iraqi marshlands that got destroyed due to gulf war and later being restored. But I couldn't see the pictures of that in this website(Marnie had said that "photos are provided in our website").
I would like to see the photos. Thank You

Jeff Smith 3 March 2013 - 4:11pm / U.K. / India

Have only just found out Earthbeat is over! As a U.K. Ex-pat living in India I find the programme an oasis in the arid wasteland that is Indian FM broadcasting. The episodes are broadcast daily, sandwiched between a curious mix of 'edutainment' programmes. Having limited computer facilities, steam radio is, for me, an important link to the outside world. I imagine the repeats will be broadcast for some time yet. I am not particularly eco-orientated, but find the program content always entertaining. And of course the highlight is listening to the dulcet tones of the presenter Marnie Chesterton. Marnie, I am definitely your number one fan......!!

Ramna Viswanathan 30 November 2012 - 11:17pm / Singapore

I have listened to Earth beat for a few years each sunday on Australian Radio. The content and programming was just superb. This program had converted me to think differently on environmental aspects and forged some actions from me.

Is there any way you can revive the program ? May be just on the web or Podcasts ? Can we all chip in to keep this going ? I am sure worldwide there are millions who would be willing to help. For me it is similar to Wikipedia or NPR. Please team, and Marnie come back soon and strong.

Hareesh Ramakrishnan 23 October 2012 - 8:35pm / INDIA

Will miss the program so much.I loved the topics conversed ,especially their variety.So sad to see so good a program being stalled.Had been listening actively to this for some time now.Hope so that its get up and running.All the best!!!!!!!!!

Hareesh Ramakrishnan 23 October 2012 - 8:31pm / INDIA

This program has been so good ,especially the variety of topics covered makes me just like it so much.Cannot believe that so good a long running program has been stalled.I have been actively listening to this through AIR transmission in my country for some time now.Hope so that it gets up and running soon!!!!!

Keith Chidlow 6 October 2012 - 2:24am / Australia

I am appaulled by a few ungracious recent comments in this discussion page about the demise of a show that has entertained so many for so long. If you are a hard core environmentalist I can understand how you might be disappointed that Earth Beat wasn't reporting solely on environmental destruction and species extinction. If Earth Beat had done this it would have lost most of its listening audience, including me. By including quirky stories that have been referred to as "fluff" the show appealed to a broader audience who may never have otherwise listed to a program that made them think about the environment. Don't dance on the grave of this program. You should instead be thanking all those good people at RNW who worked for years to present an audience around the world with an entertaining program that had an environmental conscience.

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