Thanks to Joe Bish for this announcement.
The first hour focuses on “The Next Two Billion: Can the Planet Take the Strain?” The past 50 years have seen the most rapid population growth in the course of human history. We are headed toward 9 billion people by mid-century. This at a time when rivers are drying up, forests are disappearing, soil is eroding, glaciers are melting, fish stocks are vanishing, and nearly a billion people are going hungry every day. How will the planet work with two billion more of us?
If you’re in Washington, DC:
Join us January 6 when National Geographic and NPR link up for the popular program “Talk of the Nation” live from the stage of Grosvenor Auditorium. The two-hour broadcast will examine how our world will change when nine billion of us will share the planet by mid-century, followed by a look at the role of exploration today with three premiere National Geographic explorers, including Robert Ballard, who found the wreck of Titanic, and trailblazing photographer Michael “Nick” Nichols.
For information on attendance and to make a reservation for this 2 p.m. broadcast, e-mail Talk@npr.org, and put “tickets” in the subject line.
Hour One: The Next Two Billion: Can the Planet Take the Strain?
The past 50 years have seen the most rapid population growth in the course of human history. And we’re still growing-there will be nine billion people on earth by mid-century. At a time when forests are disappearing, glaciers are melting, and almost a billion people are going hungry each day, can we feed and house the next two billion? And can we balance human aspiration with environmental sustainability?
NPR and National Geographic will bring together Robert Kunzig, National Geographic senior editor for the environment and author of its January cover story on world population, and NPR senior science correspondent Richard Harris. And we’ll take a closer look at South Asia-a region already grappling with rapidly growing demands on finite natural resources. We’ll examine how the world’s population is both growing and aging, the implications for climate change and the environment, and why human population remains such a thorny issue.
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