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The Geographical Podcast: medicinal plants in Ireland's bogs; and Edward Struzik, author of Swamplands

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The long-leaved sundew (Drosera anglica), a carnivorous plant found growing at Lodge Bog in County Kildare The long-leaved sundew (Drosera anglica), a carnivorous plant found growing at Lodge Bog in County Kildare Gaia Scalabrino
20 Jan
2022
The new season of The Geographical Podcast has landed

This episode, we head over to the peatlands of Ireland. Degraded and drained, Ireland’s peatlands face an uncertain future. But as journalist Lucy Kehoe discovers, a groundbreaking project to find new medicines, following leads from the country’s ancient folklore, may offer salvation. This long read is read by Sophie Pavelle. 

In the second half of the podcast, we’re joined by writer Edward Struzik, author of Swamplands: Tundra Beavers, Quaking Bogs and the Improbable World of Peat. Struzik is a fellow at the Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy at Queen’s University. Here, he talks us through the wondrous world of peat, and why we need these carbon-rich, biodiverse landscapes more than ever.

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