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This innovative album introduces one of the biggest, and most complex, of today’s environmental problems – climate change. It features the hard-hitting, "Who Will Pay", selected as a finalist in an international film competition on "Vulnerability Exposed: The Social Dimensions of Climate Change" organised by the World Bank. This 'Earth in Crisis' album offer a sophisticated understanding of the processes and players that shape contemporary international environmental problems, evaluates what can and should be done in the future, and explores how responses to these dilemmas are intertwined with issues of development, international justice and responsibility. The eleven video tracks focus on climate change induced flooding in the delta regions of Bangladesh and in the Thames region of the UK. In the first five audio tracks, members of The Open University course team explore the main issues raised in the videos. The final three audio tracks explore some of the wider political and scientific dimensions of climate change. This material forms part of The Open University course DU311, Earth in crisis: environmental policy in an international context.

By: The OpenLearn team (The Open University,)

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Track 1: Earth in crisis: environmental policy in an international context

A short introduction to this album

© The Open University 2008

Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Earth in crisis: environmental policy in an international context    A short introduction to this album Play now Earth in crisis: environmental policy in an international context
2 Bangladesh: Who Will Pay?    Finalist in the World Bank Climate Change Micro-Documentary Award. Play now Bangladesh: Who Will Pay?
3 Climate Change in Bangladesh    Extreme weather events are getting worse. Forecasters predict that Bangladesh will be severely affected by floods, cyclones, droughts and the rising sea level. Play now Climate Change in Bangladesh
4 Adapting to Salinity    Villagers in the vulnerable regions of south Bangladesh reflect on the changes in their environment and describe their struggle to survive. Play now Adapting to Salinity
5 Defence from Cyclones    Redesigning traditional homes. Local tradesmen in Bangladesh are trained to build storm-resistant structures. Play now Defence from Cyclones
6 Awareness of Climate Change    Investigating how much the villagers of Paik Gacha really know about climate change as a global phenomenon. Play now Awareness of Climate Change
7 Who is to Blame?    Should industrialist countries pay for the devastation and suffering occurring in Bangladesh, where millions of people stand to lose their birthplace and livelihood? Play now Who is to Blame?
8 Rising Sea Levels    The results of a two year project to calculate what climate change is doing to the Thames Estuary. Play now Rising Sea Levels
9 The Thames Barrier    The history of flooding in the region and the threat of future surges that overwhelm our current defences. Play now The Thames Barrier
10 The Isle of Sheppey    The Environment Agency's attitude towards shoreline management and the devastating consequences for locals. Play now The Isle of Sheppey
11 Hold the Line Policy    Changing policy on the Isle of Sheppey. When is it cost-effective to defend and when is it more effective to retreat? Play now Hold the Line Policy
12 What is Managed Realignment?    Building sustainable defence lines further inland. Accepting that extreme flooding is here to stay. Play now What is Managed Realignment?
13 Bangladesh: the issues    Members of the DU311 course team explore the main issues emerging from the Bangladesh video case study. Play now Bangladesh: the issues
14 Injustice and inequality    The discussion moves on to consider inequities in the causes and consequences of climate change between developing and developed countries. Play now Injustice and inequality
15 Scientists, sceptics and deniers    Differing reactions to the scientific evidence for climate change. Play now Scientists, sceptics and deniers
16 Developed and developing worlds    Differing capabilities and priorities for flood defences in Bangladesh and the UK. Play now Developed and developing worlds
17 What DU311 offers    How The Open University course promotes awareness and understanding of issues relating to climate change. Play now What DU311 offers
18 The Impact of Science    A discussion with scientists about the nature of scientific knowledge, and it's relationship to policy making regarding climate change Play now The Impact of Science
19 The Policy Makers    The process of using scientific data to inform government policies with regards to safe-guarding the planet. Play now The Policy Makers
20 A Sustainable Climate?    A look at sustainable development, and it's implications faced by society and the environment, both now and in the future. Play now A Sustainable Climate?




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