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Surviving the Century

BBC Radio 4 broadcast this morning 9am, 8th June.
Interesting, brings all the themes together, but ultimately disappointing - nothing new to Transitioners.

I'd say that the root problem is the plague of humanity. Why is it better to squeeze 10 billion humans onto this planet than for example 1 billion? All we need to do is to learn to control our own numbers. Are we or are we not smarter than yeast?
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00slvqc

BBC Radio 4 Programmes
The Reith Lectures
The Reith Lectures 2010
Surviving the Century

Synopsis
Lecture 2: 'Surviving the Century'

In the second of this year's Reith Lectures, recorded for the first time in Wales in the National Museum Cardiff, Martin Rees, President of the Royal Society and Astronomer Royal, continues to explore the challenges facing science in the 21st century. Our planet is coming under increasing strain from climate change, population explosion and food shortages. How can we use science to help us solve the crisis that we are moving rapidly towards, as we use up our natural resources ever more quickly?
Professor Rees explores the urgent need to substantially reduce our global CO2 emissions, or the atmospheric concentration will reach truly threatening levels. To do this, we need international cooperation, and global funding for clean and green technologies. He calls for the UK to keep one step ahead of other countries by developing technologies to reduce emissions, and says we should take the lead in wave and tidal energy, among other solutions. Science brings innovation but also risk, and random elements including fanatics can abuse new technologies to threaten our planet in ways we never dreamt of. The challenge, for our scientists, governments and people, is to confront the threats to our planet and find the solutions in science.