Lake Neusiedl in Austria's Burgenland province is home to Europe's largest contiguous reed belt, and a number of endangered bird species. However, the delicate balance of this ecosystem is under threat. Climate change and human factors have disrupted natural cycles of water levels.
In this episode of RAZOR, Zhang Nini meets the teams behind the Rainforest Connection – the University of Vienna, the National Park Neusiedler and Huawei Austria – who are taking part in a two-year biodiversity research project in which birds, bats, and amphibians are acoustically monitored at different times.
The scientific results will be used to develop an improved protection plan to sustainably preserve the reed belt of Lake Neusiedl and its biodiversity.
Also on this episode: If you get bitten by a snake, did you know the antivenom would only work if it was made from the venom of snakes from your region?
The production of antivenom hasn't changed for over a hundred years and a universal one is still a long way off. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of people die every year in what's been called a 'hidden health crisis'.
Jo Colan travels to the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine which houses more than a hundred of the world's deadliest snakes to meet the scientists working on a universal antivenom. We watch them as they milk the snakes and talk about the challenges involved.