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Reith Lecture available for download, and did anyone see Newsnight last night?

by mel starrs on April 12, 2007

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 I’ve not had a chance to listen to it yet, but the Reith Lecture from Jeffrey Sachs is available for download on Radio 4 until next Wednesday. Page is here.

  Jeffrey Sachs argues that the world faces challenges on an unprecedented scale – global warming, terrorism, poverty, disease and bad governance.

  The 21st century will be marked by severe natural resource limits, the rise of new economic powers and the threats of failed states. These are tectonic changes with the potential to unleash global-scale upheavals. Global cooperation of an unprecedented depth and scale will be needed but we are not yet prepared for such cooperation.

 The BBC are in full environmental green onslaught, with Ethical Man of Newsnight being retired last night. The video footage (30 minutes) is available from the BBC site here. On the sofa were David Miliband, Sian Berry, Chris Huhne and Peter Ainsworth. All the way from Denmark via videolink was Bjorn Lomborg. It’s worth a watch. Highlights include Bjorn’s gloomy assessment that Justin’s 2 tonnes of carbon saving had managed to slow down global warming by 1/500th of a second (24:55) and then Chris Huhne enlightening poor Gavin Eisler on the realities of contraception…