Climate, Mind and Brain

The Empire of Climate Episode 4 of 5

Eminent geographer Professor David Livingstone wants us to see that climate is more than just the weather outside our window - it's an empire that has shaped our lives throughout history.

In the Western world, we live very cushioned lives, so that climate rarely impacts on us in a disastrous fashion. When it does - like the floods that hit parts of the UK in 2007 - we're left shocked and surprised by the ferocity of what climate can do. David explores the way human beings are shaped by weather patterns; "climate has always been a moral issue - not just a description of the weather" he says.

In today's programme David explores the idea that our minds and brains register in deep ways the imprint of the climate. For some it even extends into the interior reaches of our internal worlds. And why that conviction has given an added sense of urgency to the global warming debate.

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