Episode 3 – Where You Live

8.30pm, RTÉ One, Monday 27th November 2023

Ep 3 Where You Live Tryptich

 

When choosing where we want to live, we usually ask questions such as, how far you are to the local shops, whether there are any good schools nearby or if it’s a long and arduous commute to the workplace. We rarely consider how the environment around where we live could affect our health. In this episode, it’s all about Location, Location, Location.

Safe drinking water is a fundamental human right, but groundwater feeding into private wells that aren’t monitored or treated can be contaminated with harmful bacteria that can make us sick. Kathriona meets the researchers who are working on solutions to tackle the threat of waterborne diseases in drinking water. And with the make-up of soil having a significant impact on our entire food chain, she meets a team of researchers investigating whether our crops and animals are getting the nutrients they need from the soil.

Nearly a third of adults in Ireland suffer from some form of pollen allergy and, depending on where you live, different pollens could be triggering your hay fever. Jonathan meets the researchers who are setting up Ireland’s first Pollen Forecast Network to help allergy sufferers avoid unnecessary exposure to pollen and optimise drug treatments.

Meanwhile in Curious Chronicles, Fergus McAuliffe reveals the fascinating story of the ‘pollen fingerprints’ that helped catch a killer!

 

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