Eco Eye series 15. 2017

It’s been over a year since the Paris accord and once again temperatures hit new heights. Accelerated by El Nino, 2016 broke all temperature records, the third such year in a row for the planet. Combine this with a tumultuous year politically and you’d be forgiven for thinking that the future looks ever more uncertain.

Eco Eye has returned for its 15th series and as always, we’ve set out to address the environmental issues of our time. The series begins with a special episode on the effects of nature on our well-being both mentally and physically before uncovering some interesting connections between the effects of nature and green space on society itself.  Presented by Dr Lara Dungan.

Episode 1: ‘Green With Health’

 

In episode 2 Anja Murray tackles an issue that is close to the heart of every Irish person; the plight of the Curlew. having gone from over 5,000 breeding pairs to 122 in a generation, Ireland’s favourite bird and its haunting call are on the brink of extinction. Anja travels the country to find out whats caused this collapse and what of anything can be done at this stage to save this wonderful animal.

Episode 2: ‘State of Nature’

 

Episode 3: He’s back. Duncan Stewart takes on Ireland’s waste problem, speaking to industry leaders, communities and individuals doing their best to end waste in Ireland and help move toward a circular economy.

Episode 3: ‘Ending Waste’

In episode four, Anja returns with a beautiful episode that looks at Ireland water catchments through the eyes of communities who are adopting their local rivers to educate and protect this valuable resource for generations to come.

Episode 4: ‘Community Water’

 

In ‘Climate Change & me’ Host Dr. Lara Dungan explores the reality of climate change in Ireland, and what the future will hold for the people, flora, and fauna of our beautiful isle.

She speaks with homeowners who have had their coastal residences ruined by erosion, Irish citizens who have been effected by coastal flooding, and experts who outline the bigger picture of climate change in Ireland, and further afield.

EP6 ‘Seaweed Matters’ sees host Anja Murray discover the amazing variety and ecology of seaweed around Irish coasts while exploring the risks of seaweed harvesting rights being taken from communities and handed over to big companies.

 

EP7 ‘Fighting Flooding’ is airing on @RTEOne 7pm on the 14th of February.

The winter of 2015-2016 was the wettest in recorded Irish history. Vast areas of the country were underwater, in some cases for months.
This episode of Eco Eye looks at the increasing threat from flooding to our homes and livelihoods and investigates the various solutions available. We travel to Yorkshire in the UK to see an innovative soft engineering solution to their flooding problem and ask whether that could provide the answer for some of Ireland smaller rivers

Link will be posted once program has aired on RTE Player.