Derek will be at the Natural History Museum in London with Evolutionary Biologist Dr George Beccaloni. We find out how companies can reduce their environmental footprint - and save money - by simply being greener. And cattle, T.B. and badgers: how celebrities have banded together to record a single opposing what they describe as ineffective culling...
Dr. Richard Collins arriving at the BBC Studios in London, ahead of this afternoon's Mooney Goes Wild programme
As you may know, this week we launched our FUEL YOUR SCHOOL competition in conjunction with Electric Ireland and Greenstar - where four primary schools (one from each province) can each win a year's worth of electricity to the value of €5000.
All you have to do is tell us in no more than 400 words what YOUR school has been doing to help the environment. The email address is email@example.com; the closing date is Wednesday, September 11th 2013.
Also this week, RTÉ produced a report showing how it has managed to save €700,000 by implementing some waste-reducing schemes.
So when Miriam O'Callaghan brings her empty bottle to the bottle bank, when Ryan Tubridy prints double-sided running orders and when Joe Duffy recycles his newspapers - it all contributes to savings for the organisation.
And we're not just patting ourselves on the back here, there is a lesson to be learned for other companies in how to save money by being simply 'greener'.
The waste from all the RTÉ buildings eventually goes to an area at the back of the campus where it is all processed - and it is to there we go live, and to Eanna Ni Lamhna!
The report was published by RTÉ, in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency and Greenstar; click here to read the full report. And for more details about the Fuel Your School competition, click here.
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Alfred Russel Wallace (on November 7th 1913) and to discover more about this extraordinary man, Derek Mooney and Dr. Richard Collins visit the Natural History Museum in London. There they talk to entomologist and evolutionary biologist Dr. George Beccaloni. Alfred Russel Wallace, independently of Charles Darwin, proposed the Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection, and he was considered the 19th century's leading expert on the geographical distribution of animal species - he's sometimes called the "father of biogeography".
Richard Collins pictured with Dr. George Beccaloni
Dr. Beccaloni is also the co-author of Natural Selection And Beyond: The Intellectual Legacy Of Alfred Russel Wallace, which is published by Oxford University Press. The ISBN is 978-0-19-923917-7 and the RRP is £18.99.
For more information about Dr. George Beccaloni, click here.
Click here for a list of world-wide events in 2013 associated with Alfred Russel Wallace: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/science-of-natural-history/wallace/events/.
In an effort to control the spread of Bovine TB in England, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) have initiated a badger cull in Somerset and Gloucestershire. Reports claim that bovine TB cost the British taxpayer approximately £100 million in 2012 and that could cost £1billion over the next decade. DEFRA claim that "No other country has successfully tackled bovine TB without addressing infection in both wildlife and cattle". 5,000 badgers are expected to be killed in controlled shootings over a six week period.
Naturalist, author and presenter of BBC SpringWatch and AutumnWatch, Chris Packham, tells Derek why he objects to the cull...
So what’s the situation in Ireland. How many badgers are there, what scientific studies on TB have been undertaken, and most importantly, is there any chance that the problem could be completely eradicated from the country?
Our reporter, Terry Flanagan, met up with Professor Tom Hayden of UCD to find out more...
Hedgerows and the Law
Hedgerows in Ireland form important features in maintaining wildlife diversity and in establishing wildlife "corridors", particularly for birds. The commonest nesting birds found in hedgerows such as wrens, dunnocks, robin and willow warblers depend entirely on insects during the Summer months. In general untrimmed, thorned hedgerows containing species such as blackthorn, whitethorn and holly are favoured by birds as they provide ample food and also serve as a protection against predators.
Section 40 of the Wildlife Act, 1976, as amended by Section 46 of the 2000 Act, provides protection for hedgerows by providing that it shall be an offence for a person to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy hedgerows on uncultivated land during the nesting season from 1 March to 31 August, subject to certain exceptions. It is important that, where possible, necessary work to hedgerows is carried out outside this period.
It is possible in most cases to schedule and carry out necessary work to hedgerows outside this period. The legislation makes provision for works (other than road or other construction works) to be carried out for reasons of public health and safety under the authority of any Minister or a body established by statute that lead to the destruction of vegetation. There is also a provision to enable the Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government to request from the relevant Minister or body details of any such works together with a statement of the public health and safety factors involved.
It shall not be an offence to destroy vegetation in the ordinary course of agriculture or forestry. Also it shall not be illegal to destroy vegetation while preparing or clearing a site for lawful building or construction works.
It is the policy of the Minister to prosecute for offences under section 40 of the Wildlife Acts 1976 and 2000 and successful prosecutions have been taken under this section in recent years. Members of the public are encouraged to contact their local wildlife ranger and report instances where hedgerows are being destroyed during the prohibited period.
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