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Averting a perfect storm of shortages



Perfect Storm: Are we convinced?

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The UK's chief scientist John Beddington has warned that by 2030 the rising global population will create a 'perfect storm' of food, energy and water shortages - unless the world changes its ways.

But despite virtually unanimous academic opinion, half of us still believe science is divided on whether mankind's activities contribute to climate change, and more than a quarter of us don't think our individual behaviour makes any difference to the environmental crisis.

Mark Easton spoke to Lois Muddiman from Low Carbon West Oxford, a project encouraging communities to try to lower their carbon footprint.

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