Sunday, August 23, 2009

Green In The Media 24th August - 30th August

Are we guilty of focussing on climate change to the detriment of other environmental problems? Or will tackling climate change also tackle other issues at the same time? Radio 4 has an investigation on Thursday night which will probably be trailed on the BBC News website beforehand.

Meanwhile, here's a first: I've listed Songs Of Praise!

Monday 24th August

Future of Food
On: BBC 2
Time: 21:00 to 22:00
George Alagiah travels the world to reveal a growing global food crisis. In this episode, George heads out to India to discover how a changing diet in the developing world is putting pressure on the world's limited food resources. He finds out how using crops to produce fuel is impacting on food supplies across the continents. George then meets a farmer in Kent, who is struggling to sell his fruit at a profit, and a British farmer in Kenya who is shipping out tonnes of vegetables for the UK's supermarket shelves. He also examines why so many people are still dying of hunger after decades of food aid. Back in the UK, George challenges the decision-makers with the facts he has uncovered - from Oxfam head of research Duncan Green to Sainsbury's boss Justin King. He finds out why British beef may offer a model for future meat production and how our appetite for fish is stripping the world's seas bare.

On: BBC 4
Time: 22:30 to 23:30
The Victorians believed that they could master the rain, but today climate change threatens us with rain that is wilder and more unpredictable than ever.

Tuesday 25th August

On: BBC Radio Four
Time: 11:00 to 11:30
Brett Westwood investigates the potential for restoring large areas of heathland that could be unlocked by the thinning of Forestry Commission woodlands. Made famous by Thomas Hardy and purple with heather in late summer, lowland heaths are some of the UK's rarest habitats and are home to some of our most specialised wildlife including sand lizards, insectivorous plants and the strange nightjar. They have steadily declined over the last century, but a new open habitats consultation could spell the restoration of large tracts of heathland from Forestry Commission woodland. Brett talks to foresters and conservationists about the possibilities that opening up our woods present for people and for wildlife.

Home Planet
On: BBC Radio Four
Time: 15:00 to 15:30
Richard Daniel and the team discuss listeners' questions about the world we inhabit and our interaction with it, from astronomy to geology, biology to environmental science.

Thursday 27th August

One Planet
On: BBC World Service Radio
Time: 10:32 to 11:00 (Also 1630, 2030, 0130)
Denmark's Energy Island.
The Danish island of Samso has completely eliminated dependence on fossil fuels.

Open Country
On: BBC Radio Four
Time: 15:00 to 15:27
One of the proposed sites for the new generation of nuclear power stations is farmland near the villages of Kirksanton and Silecroft on the Cumbrian coast. Helen Mark finds people there fighting the plans, but also some who support the idea. Kirksanton lies south of Sellafield, and this rural community, nestled between the most southerly fells of White Combe and Black Combe, was shocked to hear of the plans. Many villagers believe that the development would destroy the tranquility and beauty of the area they love. Others welcome the plans and the one opportunity they may bring to reinvent the Millom area as a centre for excellence in the nuclear industry, providing jobs, improving infrastrucure and ensuring young people have a future in the area. Helen considers what would be gained and what would be lost.

The Great Climate Change Hijack
On: BBC Radio Four
Time: 21:00 to 21:30
The BBC's environment correspondent Richard Black investigates if climate change is diverting attention away from other environmental problems such as air pollution, acid oceans and species extinction. Talk about climate change is everywhere, from the classroom to the UN. It is undoubtedly an important issue, but has our enthusiasm for tackling climate change led us to neglect other pressing and arguably more immediate environmental concerns, such as poor air quality in our major cities? Why has climate change attracted so much political attention and the loss of plant and animal species so little? Far from being an 'inconvenient truth', could the climate change debate actually be rather politically covenient?

Sunday 30th August

Songs of Praise
On: BBC 1
Time: 17:00 to 17:35
Green Christians.
Aled Jones explores the connection between faith and the environment. He meets up with a woman whose faith has led her to keeping pigs, and visits the 12th-century Grade 1 listed church that is hiding a surprise on its roof. With beautiful hymns dedicated to the wonder of the created world, including Touch the Earth Lightly and Beauty for Brokenness.

The River Cottage Treatment
On: more4
Time: 20:00 to 21:00
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall invites a group of urban dwellers to spend a wholesome week at his River Cottage HQ living the green life. It's a clash of food cultures, as fast food-loving and convenience-obsessed non-cooks come to Hugh's farm for a taste of the River Cottage "grow your own" philosophy. Hugh's mission, of course, is to change their ways forever, but it's not going to be easy. First up is a group of finger-lickin' chicken-lovers who are living off takeaways and cheap chicken portions from the supermarket. First they've got to bond with the River Cottage poultry flock, and connect with the birds that will, at the end of the week, become their dinner. So, how do the gang cope with a week on the farm, and is River Cottage Treatment enough to cure their dodgy chicken habits for good?

Who Killed the Honey Bee?
On: BBC 4
Time: 20:00 to 21:00
With an affliction dubbed colony collapse disorder wiping out bees worldwide, Martha Kearney explores the terrifying implications of their possible extinction and the loss of their most vital service to nature, pollination, without which global food production would collapse. The threat to keepers, farmers and our food supply is acute and growing, and yet the cause of this 'Marie Celeste syndrome' that causes bees to flee their hives remains a mystery.

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