Monday 23 August 2010
Here's Kirsty with details of tonight's programme:
The UN estimates that the number of people in Pakistan who need basic shelter has gone from two million to six million, and the country is expecting more flooding in the south. Water and silt have damaged and destroyed crops including rice, cotton, sugar cane and maize in an area of more than 4.25 million acres. The IMF is considering how to help the country. But what brought about this devastation? Our Science editor Susan Watts examines the claims by senior climate scientists that global warming is a "major contributing factor'' (Dr Ghassem Asrar, director of the World Climate Research Program). What role - if any - has climate change played in this disaster?
Should women be allowed to be veiled in public? As Bosnia becomes the latest country to consider this difficult issue we have been talking to some young British Muslims who have adopted the niqab - even though no other members of their family are veiled. They insist they are not alienated from Western culture, nor are they making a defiant stand - so why the desire to cover their faces? Read more on that story here.
The world has to produce more and more food to feed a burgeoning population, and to do that, fields need fertiliser. We delve into the battle over Potash reserves that could soon become a geo-political battle for dwindling resources.
And Keep the Aspidistra Flying? The row over the spend on expenses at the Audit Commission has now drawn in the DCMS after a government minister insisted there were no pot plants in HIS department... Can this be true? Newsnight investigates.
Join me, Kirsty, at 10.30pm on BBC Two.
Tens of thousands of people are trying to flee the latest flood surge in southern Pakistan, three weeks after devastating monsoon rainfall hit the country. Around 1,600 people are thought to have died. Twenty million people have been affected by the disaster.
Tonight our Science editor Susan Watts will be considering what role climate change may have played in the country's floods.
We have a film examining why increasing numbers of British Muslim women are choosing to wear the face veil. Two women explain to us why the adopted the niqab when their mothers did not.
And our Economics editor Paul Mason will be investigating what makes potash a hot commodity.
More details later.