The air is their domain: our feathered friends are a formidable class of animal.
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It’s all around us and critical for life: air. But besides oxygen, that gas we breathe to live, what’s in our air? On this week’s show, we hear about some surprising things harmful for our health that probably shouldn’t be in our air – like microplastics, and radioactivity. And we learn how one island nation is trying to keep its birds in the air by turning trappers into scientists.
Trapping wild birds is illegal in most countries of the European Union. But some countries – like Italy and France – still allow it as a hobby and for food. In Malta, hunting birds is a tradition that many men don’t want to give up. The government there is now proposing that traditional trappers become citizen scientists. But there are doubts that this will work.
Natural landscapes that have suffered from human intervention often need help coming back to life. That’s what the Dutch have discovered with the Markermeer — an enclosed portion of sea that was once a bay, and then, sealed off by a dam, was left to stagnate for half a century. That is, until they had the idea to build islands in the middle of it, inviting the reeds, birds and fish to return.