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THE MATERIAL WORLD
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Thursday 16:30-17:00
Quentin Cooper reports on developments across the sciences. Each week scientists describe their work, conveying the excitement they feel for their research projects.
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Thursday 16 March 2006
A mosquito attacks
Mosquitoes transmit malaria

Ecological Footprint

How much impact do our travel, shopping, energy and living habits have and exactly how can they be measured?  As part of National Science week, Material World will be finding out what small changes we can make in the home to reduce our 'ecological footprint'.

Quentin Cooper is joined by David Reay, author of Climate Change begins at Home, and John Barrett from the Stockholm Environment Institute, to explore how making small changes can reduce our impact on climate change.

Forecasting Malaria

How can long term weather forecasting be used to predict disease epidemics months before they happen?  Tim Palmer explains how global climate models are helping predict malaria outbreaks, which kill over one million people a year.

Madeleine Thomson describes how the system has been used in Botswana.  Could understanding weather systems also help predict the epidemiology of other diseases like meningitis or dengue fever? 
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