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SHOP TALK
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Tuesdays 16:00-16:30
Intelligent and entertaining conversation about business, money, technology and workplace issues.

Presented by Heather Payton, each programme picks up on trends and returns to stories that have moved out of the headlines.
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Tuesday 9 December 2003



Stormy weather?

It's not surprising we talk incessantly about the weather.

We've just emerged from a record-breaking summer, with melting roads and buckling train tracks, now there's talk of hose pipe bans and an ancient flooded village is emerging from the bottom of a reservoir in the Lake District.

Or alternatively there are floods.

At least it's not boring.

Some scientists still argue about the whys and wherefores of our warmer weather but the consensus is now that man-made climate change is happening. There are still arguments about exactly HOW it'll happen - one scenario has it that Britain, perversely, will cool down, which makes the planning a bit difficult.

What isn't in doubt is that we'll have to adapt to change, in work, in leisure, in the way we shop, the way we live.

There'll be losers and winners - and taking the selfish view as millions of people face the prospect of being driven from their homes by climate change, in Britain's case the balance could be partly positive.

If we're prepared.

Shop Talk will discuss how quickly industry is responding. Will we see consumers choosing stay-at-home holidays? Will Essex which has the same rainfall as Jordan get the water which it needs? And will retailers ever stop blaming the weather when things go wrong?

Guests

Dr David Viner
Climatic Research Centre, University of East Anglia

Karen Dutton
Hadley Centre, Met Office

Alan Watson
National Trust & South west Climate Change Partnership

Dr Peter Spillet
Water industry Climate Change Research

Dr Christopher Spray
Environment director, Northumbrian Water

Reporter Dylan Winter also visits the Met Office in Exeter and talks about long-term weather forecasts with Dr Jeff Jenkins.




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