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Friday, November 16th 2012

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On today's Mooney Goes Wild, with Marty Morrissey,

We celebrate Ireland's thriving pine marten population, and discover how they might help the resurgence of our beloved red squirrel. We discover Ireland's only hedgehog hospital - the Hogsprickle, in County Clare. And, as the UN's world population report is released, we ask, "just how many humans can planet Earth sustain?

Ecuador Drops Poison On Galapagos Islands To Wipe Out Rats

News broke overnight that Ecuador is to drop more than 20 tons of poison on the Galapagos Islands in a bid to kill the millions of rodents that are threatening the native bird and reptile species. Marty debates the merits of this with Dr. Richard Collins and Eanna ni Lamhna - for more information about the story, click here.

Pine Martens Of Ireland And Wales

In recent years pine marten numbers in Ireland have seen something of an increase – and now that a pine marten carcass has been found in Wales for the first time since 1971, hopes are high that numbers there are on the increase as well.

Pine Marten

Pine martens are beautiful mammals – bigger than stoats but smaller than otters – and along with stoats, otters, badgers and mink, they’re members of the mustelid family, a group of short-legged, long-bodied carnivores. Its resemblance to the domestic cat led to its being named ‘cat crainn’ (tree cat) in Irish. It is chocolate-brown with a yellow bib, rounded ears and a long bushy tail. The Vincent Wildlife Trust is based in Wales and also has a presence in Galway. Dr. Jenny Macpherson is Project Officer with The Vincent Wildlife Trust, and is an expert on pine martens; she joins Marty on the line from Swansea today... To find out more about the Vincent Wildlife Trust, click here, and to find out more about the MISE [Mammals In a Sustainable Environment] Project, linking pine martens and red squirrels, click here.

App Article: So That's What It Means (by Terry Flanagan)

The English language is full of odd sayings, like, “I’ll be there in two shakes of a lamb’s tail” or he was “as drunk as a newt”. Have you ever wondered as to the origin of these quirky sayings? Well, here’s your chance to find out more.

Just why do we say 'as drunk as a newt'?
Just why do we say 'as drunk as a newt'?

To find out more, download the Mooney app, for iPhone and Android phones, to read the rest of Terry's article, and much more!

UNFPA Report Calls For Increased Reproductive Choice To Curb Population Growth

The 2012 UNFPA Report was published on November 14th. Called 'By Choice, Not By Chance: Family Planning, Human Rights and Development', it calls 'family planning' a 'human right', and is the way forward in terms of stemming the population boom. But our guests today strongly disagree with this, and believe that the Earth has enough resources to support up to 30 billion people (the current population is only seven billion). It is the way in which our natural resources are managed, rather than the number of new births, that needs to be re-evaluated. To debate all of this, Marty is joined by Hans Zomer, Director of Dóchas [the Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations], and Professor Jimmy Burke, Masstock Professor of Crop Science in UCD. To read the contents of the report, click here. Prof. Burke will be giving a talk entitled "Global Challenges of Population, Food, Energy and Climate Change - Future Prospects" on Thursday, November 22nd at 8pm in the Lecture Theatre at the National Botanic Gardens. He will talk about an Irish, European and Global Perspective. His UCD colleague Professor Mike Gibney will also give a talk: "In Defence of Genetically Modified Foods". The event is free of charge.

The Hogsprickle Hedgehog Hospital

Listeners to the programme will know that hedgehogs are an endangered species in Ireland, so we were very interested when a listener to the programme contacted us to tell us about the fabulous work of Bev Truss, who is both Irish veterinary nurse of the year and founder of The Hogsprickle - the only organisation dedicated to rehabilitating sick and orphaned hedgehogs in Ireland… To visit The Hogsprickle's website, which has some really great advice on helping hedgehogs, click here, call the Hospital on 086 862-4511, or click here to like The Hogsprickle on Facebook!

Mooney Tunes

Mooney Tunes 7 will take place in the National Concert Hall on December 18th. The show will start at 8 PM, as usual. This concert has already sold out. In fact, it actually sold out on the day Derek announced it, a couple of weeks ago. HOWEVER, we are still looking for suggestions for this concert - pieces of music that you would like included. We've had quite a few e-mails already, but we are always open to hearing new stories, and inventive musical suggestions.

Because of the extraordinary demand for tickets, we've decided to organise a separate concert for the afternoon of the same day, December 18th. A full matinee concert, with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, and selected performers.

It's going to be a different concert from the evening show, with a different selection of music, and it's going to be just the thing for anybody doing their Christmas shopping in the morning time, in Dublin city centre, and who fancies a fabulous musical diversion in the afternoon!

We will be selecting a different program for the afternoon show. Different from the evening show. There might be a couple of pieces in common, but by and large, distinctive shows.

Mooney Tunes Matinee
• December 18th at 3:30pm
• Prices are €15, €20, €25
• To contact the Box Office call 01 417-0000 or visit www.nch.ie

Send us in your choice of music, and why you would like it to be included, to mooney@rte.ie or to:

RTÉ Radio Centre
Dublin 4

The Island Landscape

RTÉ Television, in association with Mooney, is currently producing a major new documentary series on the history of the Irish landscape. The series will tell the story of how our landscape was created after the last major climatic event – the end of the last Ice Age, over ten thousand years ago.  And we want your help! Would you like to contribute video towards the TV series? Click here to find out what we're looking for!

Today's Podcasts

Ecuador Drops Poison On Galapagos Islands To Wipe Out Rats
Pine Martens Of Ireland And Wales
App Article: So That's What It Means (by Terry Flanagan)
UNFPA Report Calls For Increased Reproductive Choice To Curb Population Growth
The Hogsprickle Hedgehog Hospital

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