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Climate deaths, Austerity, Pet food

Challenging the idea of six billion deaths due to climate change; why we’ve had ‘austerity’ despite high borrowing; plus do pets consume up to 20 per cent of all meat globally?

Challenging the idea of six billion deaths due to climate change

Does ‘the science’ predict 6 billion deaths by the end of this century due to climate change? That’s what Roger Hallam, co-founder of environmental campaigners Extinction Rebellion said on an edition of the BBC’s HARDtalk programme last month. We take a look at the origins of that number and we talk to Andy Haines, Professor of Environmental Change and Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, whose estimates on the number of deaths are…..well……..lower.

How ‘back of the envelope’ calculations can help you

Do you struggle to multiply big numbers together? Do you get fazed by questions involving sizes and quantities? Rob Eastaway gives some tips on how to manage big or complicated numbers when you are stuck without the need of the internet or a calculator to help you.

Why we’ve had ‘austerity’ despite high government borrowing

A loyal listener emailed to ask, “How has it been that we’ve suffered years of ‘austerity’ when the actual amounts of borrowing were greater, not smaller, than in the previous years?” Tim Harford talks to Dr Gemma Tetlow, Chief Economist at the Institute for Government about the national debt, the deficit and fiscal headroom.

Do pets consume up to 20 percent of all meat globally?

More or Less listeners were surprised by a claim they read on the BBC website recently: “Pets are estimated to be consuming up to 20 percent of all meat globally.” So we – of course – investigated and will explain all.

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