Sunday, August 30, 2009

Green In The Media 31st August - 6th September

Should we railroad new renewable energy schemes and ignore all objections, in the name of the greater good for the country? Or should we protect our unspoilt wildernesses? I'm in two minds on this, but uppermost is always the thought that if we don't check climate change then our unspoilt wildernesses aren't going to survive as they are anyway. Costing The Earth on Monday investigates.

Monday 31st August

Costing the Earth
On: BBC Radio Four
Time: 21:00 to 21:30 (Also Thu 1330)
All over the country, alternative energy schemes are being thwarted by local people determined to stop wind farms and bio-mass plants being built on their doorstep. Tom Heap asks if radical action is needed to break through the blockade. Should the new planning laws intended to rush through urgently-needed road and airport projects be extended to all green energy projects? Should we even allow wind farms to be built in National Parks? They are the highest, windiest regions of the UK, ideal for producing wind energy, but are currently off-limits to developers. Some senior officials within the National Parks and in the National Trust now believe that the maintenance of flawless beauty must now come second to the national need for clean energy.

Future of Food
On: BBC 2
Time: 21:00 to 22:00
George Alagiah travels the world in search of solutions to the growing global food crisis. From the two women working to make their Yorkshire market town self-sufficient to the academic who claims it could be better for the environment to ship in lamb from New Zealand, George meets the people who believe they know how we should feed the world as demand doubles by the middle of the century. He also heads out to Havana to find out how they are growing half of their fruit and vegetables right in the heart of the city, investigates the 'land-grabs' trend - where rich countries lease or buy up the land used by poor farmers in Africa - and meets the Indian agriculturalists who have almost trebled their yields over the course of a decade.

Tuesday 1st September

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.

Relocation, Relocation
On: more4
Time: 17:05 to 18:05
Kirstie and Phil are going green to help house hunters Sue and Neil. The pair are self-styled 'chico warriors' who want a home in Devon, where, using water, wind and solar power, they can create all the energy they need, as well as design a modern, funky interior that proves being green doesn't mean giving up on style. But, unsurprisingly, they've a huge list of requirements: a south-facing house with its own wood, stream and more than 3.5 acres of land, the potential to convert the interior to an open plan contemporary living space, plus outbuildings for an eco holiday business. Oh, and there's also a flat in Brighton to find so Sue can visit her daughter and grandson. They've sold their businesses and have a budget of £1,000,000, but while Sue's keeping an open mind, Neil's just not ready to compromise. Can our property superheroes find a solution that pleases everyone?

Thursday 3rd September

One Planet
On: BBC World Service Radio
Time: 10:32 to 11:00 (Also 1630, 2030, 0130)
One Planet looks at how we use our planet.

Grand Designs
On: more4
Time: 19:00 to 20:00
In 2005, Kelly and Masoko Neville set about building a spectacular oak-framed, straw-baled hexagonal house in the Cambridgeshire Fens. Kelly, a carpenter, had always dreamed of building an eco-friendly home that could provide a base for a new self-sufficient life, where he and Masoko could produce their own food and energy from the land. The unusual two-storey house was built around a spiral staircase carved out of an 800-year-old oak tree trunk, the centrepiece of an interior that drew inspiration from Tolkein's Hobbit. The unusual hexagonal design would have challenged the most experienced builder, and with no architect to turn to for advice, Kelly had to tackle all the problems alone. Three years later, Kevin McCloud goes back to visit Kelly, Masoko and their young son Acer to see if they are managing to lead the idyllic life they so craved; and to see whether Kelly has recovered from the sheer physical effort of building his family's home.

Leading Edge
On: BBC Radio Four
Time: 21:00 to 21:30
Geoff Watts meets Lord May, President of the British Science Association, who has held many of the most senior scientific offices in the land, having been government chief science advisor and President of the Royal Society. Never afraid of speaking his mind - perhaps a product of his Australian upbringing - Bob May famously accused President George W Bush of being a modern-day Nero over climate change. His address at this year's Science Festival in Guildford will focus on his own subject of population biology and the apparent problem of natural selection; why do we do things for the common good when 'survival of the fittest' is a key principle of evolutionary theory?

Friday 4th September

Journey of a Lifetime
On: BBC Radio Four
Time: 11:00 to 11:30
The 2009 winner of the BBC/Royal Geographical Society's annual competition for the most enterprising dream travel idea, Dan Box, attempts to reach the remote Carteret Islands in the South Pacific, where, with sea levels rising, the world's first mass evacuation as the result of climate change is now taking place.

Mud, Sweat and Tractors: The Story of Agriculture
On: BBC 2
Time: 19:00 to 20:00
Beef. Episode 4.
Documentary series about the history of 20th-century farming in Britain looks at how two of our finest native breeds of cattle, Hereford and Aberdeen Angus, reigned supreme before WWII and helped earn Britain a reputation as the 'stockyard of the world'. It also shows how, since then, both breeds have been transformed to a much larger size - from standing only to the stockman's waist to reaching his shoulder.

Saturday 5th September

Caroline Lucas Speech
On: BBC Parliament
Time: 21:30 to 22:00
Recorded coverage of Green Party leader Caroline Lucas' speech to the party's conference in Hove, from Friday 4 September.

Sunday 6th September

On: BBC 1
Time: 19:00 to 20:00
John Craven investigates whether marine conservation zones can bring sea beds back to life.

Last Chance to See...
On: BBC 2
Time: 20:00 to 21:00
Amazonian Manatee.
Stephen Fry and zoologist Mark Carwardine head to the ends of the Earth in search of animals on the edge of extinction, following the route Mark took 20 years ago with the author Douglas Adams. They set out to discover how the lugubrious Amazonian manatee, a freshwater mammal, has survived the last two decades, but Stephen breaks his arm deep in the Amazon rainforest.

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