30 November - 3 December 2015
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Monday 30 November Future of Biodiversity: Kathy Willis
Kathy Willis has a distinguished academic career in biodiversity. She is currently a professor at Oxford University and, during her research career, she has studied plants and their environments all over the world, from the New Forest, when she was a student in Southampton, to the Galapagos Islands where she studied the impact of the removal of the giant tortoises on the vegetation there.
Tuesday 1 December Global Midwives
London’s midwives face an unusual challenge. In some parts of the city about three quarters of the mothers they care for were born outside the UK. How do they overcome language barriers and cultural issues around birth? Presenter Smitha Mundasad is a qualified doctor and has worked on some of the capital’s busiest maternity units. In this programme she talks to midwives with personal experience of female genital mutilation and midwives who provide care for mothers on the edge of society, those here illegally and those living isolated lives in one of the world’s most diverse cities.
Wednesday 2 December Changing Climate Change #2 of 3
In the second of this series Roger Harrabin looks at the solutions to the emissions problem. How can the world meet the need for energy for a growing population without creating dangerous levels of CO2 emissions? Roger travels to Malawi, one of the world’s poorest nations, where the energy crisis is about access to energy; and he travels to Morocco to see a huge power plant at the cutting edge of solar technology.
Thursday 3 December Greece: No Place to Die
Chloe Hadjimatheou reports on the business of dying in Greece. Permanent plots in the country’s packed cemeteries can cost as much as a small flat so most graves are rented for a three year period and once that time is up the dead are exhumed and their bones collapsed into a small box to be kept at the cemetery. In the current economic climate and with continued capital controls, Greeks are struggling to pay for the burial costs and unclaimed bodies are piling up at mortuaries. But there are few cost effective alternatives because Greece happens to be the only EU country without a crematorium – each time plans have been made to build one it has been blocked by the Greek Orthodox Church. Instead Greeks are forced to send their relatives’ bodies to Bulgaria for cremation.