Episode 2: Surviving the Century

In the second of this year’s Reith Lectures, recorded for the first time in Wales in its capital city Cardiff, Martin Rees, President of the Royal Society and Astronomer Royal, continues to explore the challenges facing science in the 21st Century.

Our planet is coming under increasing strain from climate change, population explosion and food shortages. As we use up our natural resources ever more quickly, how can we use science to help us solve the crisis that we are moving rapidly towards?

We need international consensus, and global funding for clean and green technologies. The challenge, for scientists, governments and people everywhere, is to confront the threats to our planet and find the solutions in science.

Producer: Kirsten Lass
Editor: Sue Ellis

Contact the programme: thereithlectures@bbc.co.uk

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55 minutes

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Sun 13 Jun 2010 13:05 GMT

The Reith Lectures on Radio 4

The Reith Lectures on Radio 4

Archive recordings from the BBC's flagship annual lecture series going back to 1948