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Shared Planet – Oil and wildlife

Updated Monday, 22nd July 2013

This week on Shared Planet: Can the oil industry be an asset for wildlife or is the risk too high?

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East Texas Oil Well Pump Creative commons image Icon rcbodden under CC-BY under Creative-Commons license Monty Don presents Shared Planet, the series that looks at the crunch point between human population and the natural world.

In this week's programme we have a report from the Arabian Gulf off the coast of Qatar where we witness oil rig legs encrusted with life, pods of dolphins and work monitoring the arrival of migrant whale sharks to the area.

With the Deep Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico still fresh in many minds are oil rigs and ocean wildlife in conflict or can oil and wildlife share the same space.

David Paterson, Executive Director of the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland is in the Shared Planet studio to explore the issues.

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You can listen to this episode of Shared Planet on BBC Radio 4 at 11:00am on Tuesday 23 July 2013. More information and a link to listen again can be found on the Radio 4 website.





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