Episode 2 – Biodiversity

8.30pm, RTÉ One – Monday 16th November

Biodiversity - Aoibhinn and Colin in Herbarium

Biological diversity has made our planet habitable for billions of years, and now more than ever we’re realising we need to understand, manage and protect our species, habitats and ecosystems to keep it that way.  In this episode Aoibhinn visits the National Botanic Gardens where Colin Kelleher reveal how centuries-old plant samples can provide clues to changes in our biodiversity.

Kathriona meets the UCC research team who are using plants, trees and even insect and birdsong recordings to measure and monitor environmental and climate change by combining field data with the latest satellite imaging.

And Jonathan is in Maynooth to meet Sarah Larragy who investigating the critical role of the humble Irish bumblebee in pollination and biodiversity.

Meanwhile in Weird Science, Fergus tells the cautionary tale of how a seemingly innocuous imbalance in biodiversity can have lethal consequences…



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