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Climate's Moral Economy

Episode 5 of 5

Duration:
15 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 03 December 2010

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 the last programme in the series, David explores why fears over the influence we are having on climate change, are fundamentally fears about the influence a changed climate will have on us.

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