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Earth in Crisis: Environmental Policy in an International Context

Synopsis
This podcast compilation features material from the Open University ‘Earth in Crisis’ course DU311 on climate change. The collection includes eleven video tracks focusing 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 discuss some of the wider political and scientific dimensions of climate change. offers 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.

NB The first video BANGLADESH: WHO WILL PAY? won second prize in in an international short film competition on "Vulnerability Exposed: The Social Dimensions of Climate Change" organised by the World Bank in 2009.
Series
Earth in Crisis, Du311 Course
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2009
Year of production
2008
Subjects
Environmental science
Keywords
Bangladesh; climate change; floods; food production and distribution; Thames River

Online availability

URI
http://podcast.open.ac.uk/oulearn/environment-development-and-international-studies/podcast-du311-earth-in-crisis
Price
free
Delivery
Streamed/Download

Credits

Director
David Humphreys
Contributor
David Humphreys

Sections

Title
Bangladesh: Who Will Pay? (video)
Synopsis
Focuses on the challenges faced in rural Balgladesh. Areas that used to be productive crop-growing fields have suffered from increased salt levels as the result of storms and flooding. Unable to grow crops, local farmers have been forced to adapt by turning to shrimp farming, or to find other employment. Winner of the second prize in an international short film competition entitled "Vulnerability Exposed: The Social Dimensions of Climate Change", organised by the World Bank in 2009.
Duration
5 mins

Title
Climate Change in Bangladesh (video)
Synopsis
Extreme weather events are getting worse. Forecasters predict that Bangladesh will be severely affected by floods, cyclones, droughts and the rising sea level.
Duration
4 mins

Title
Adapting to Salinity (video) .
Synopsis
Villagers in the vulnerable regions of south Bangladesh reflect on the changes in their environment and describe their struggle to survive.
Duration
8 mins

Title
Defence from Cyclones (video)
Synopsis
Redesigning traditional homes. Local tradesmen in Bangladesh are trained to build storm-resistant structures.
Duration
5 mins

Title
Awareness of Climate Change (video) I
Synopsis
Investigating how much the villagers of Paik Gacha really know about climate change as a global phenomenon
Duration
4 mins

Title
Who is to Blame? (video)
Synopsis
Should industrialist countries pay for the devastation and suffering occurring in Bangladesh, where millions of people stand to lose their birthplace and livelihood?
Duration
5 mins

Title
Rising Sea Levels (video)
Synopsis
The results of a two year project to calculate what climate change is doing to the Thames Estuary.
Duration
4 mins

Title
Thames Barrier, The (video)
Synopsis
The history of flooding in the region and the threat of future surges that overwhelm our current defences
Duration
3 mins

Title
Isle of Sheppey, The (video)
Synopsis
The Environment Agency’s attitude towards shoreline management and the devastating consequences for locals
Duration
4 mins

Title
Hold the Line Policy (video)
Synopsis
Changing policy on the Isle of Sheppey. When is it cost-effective to defend and when is it more effective to retreat?
Duration
4 mins

Title
What is Managed Realignment? (video)
Synopsis
Building sustainable defence lines further inland. Accepting that extreme flooding is here to stay.
Duration
4 mins

Title
Bangladesh: the issues (audio)
Synopsis
Members of the DU311 course team explore the main issues emerging from the Bangladesh video case study
Duration
9 mins

Title
Injustice and inequality (audio)
Synopsis
The discussion moves on to consider inequalities in the causes and consequences of climate change between developing and developed countries.
Duration
7 mins

Title
Scientists, sceptics and deniers (audio)
Synopsis
Differing reactions to the scientific evidence for climate change are discussed
Duration
5 mins

Title
Developed and developing worlds (audio)
Synopsis
Differing capabilities and priorities for flood defences in Bangladesh and the UK.
Duration
9 mins

Title
What DU311 offers (audio) How the Open University course promotes awareness and understanding of issues relating to climate change
Synopsis
How the Open University course promotes awareness and understanding of issues relating to climate change
Duration
4 mins

Title
Impact of Science, The (audio)
Synopsis
A discussion with scientists about the nature of scientific knowledge, and it’s relationship to policy making regarding climate change
Duration
18 mins

Title
The Policy Makers (audio) with regards to safe-guarding the planet
Synopsis
The process of using scientific data to inform government policies
Duration
10 mins

Title
Sustainable Climate, A? (audio)
Synopsis
A look at sustainable development, and it’s implications faced by society and the environment, both now and in the future.
Duration
10 mins

Production Company

Name

Open University

Distributor

Name

Open University Podcasts

Web
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