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Population: Ten Billion

Sue MacGregor discusses the world's growing population with Stephen Emmott, Danny Dorling, Jill Rutter and Amartya Sen.

On Start the Week Sue MacGregor asks what happens when the world's population reaches ten billion. The computer scientist, Stephen Emmott argues that time is running out for humanity unless we radically change our behaviour, but the geographer Danny Dorling believes that we should be preparing for the inevitable population decline. Jill Rutter explores the impact of differing scientific advice on politics, and the complexity of evidence-based policy. And with India's population set to exceed that of China, the Nobel prize-winning economist Amartya Sen lambasts political inaction in raising standards for the poorest in society.
Producer: Katy Hickman.

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43 minutes

Stephen Emmott

Stephen Emmott is a scientist and Head of Computational Science at Microsoft Research.

 

10 Billion is published by Penguin.

 

Stephen Emmott

Danny Dorling

Danny Dorling is Professor of Geography at Sheffield University, Honorary President of the Royal Cartographic Society and is Official Census Reporter to the government.

 

Population 10 Billion: The Coming Demographic Crisis and How to Survive It is published by Constable.

 

Danny Dorling

Jill Rutter

Jill Rutter is Programme Director at the Institute for Government.

 

Jill Rutter

Amartya Sen

Amartya Sen is Lamont University Professor, Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Economics at Harvard University.  He won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1998.

 

An Uncertain Glory, co-written with Jean Drèze, is published by Allen Lane.

 

Amartya Sen

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Sue MacGregor
Interviewed Guest Stephen Emmott
Interviewed Guest Danny Dorling
Interviewed Guest Jill Rutter
Interviewed Guest Amartya Sen
Producer Katy Hickman

Broadcasts

  • Mon 1 Jul 2013 09:00
  • Mon 1 Jul 2013 21:30

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