The Empire Of Climate

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01Cultures Of Climate20101129

Eminent geographer Professor David Livingstone wants us to see that climate is more than just the weather outside our window - it's an empire that has shaped our lives throughout history.

In the Western world, we live very cushioned lives, so that climate rarely impacts on us in a disastrous fashion.

When it does - like the floods that hit parts of the UK in 2007 - we're left shocked and surprised by the ferocity of what climate can do.

David explores the way human beings are shaped by weather patterns; "climate has always been a moral issue - not just a description of the weather" he says.

We are used to talking about climate change - or how WE influence the climate.

In today's programme David takes us back to a time in history when people were used to thinking about climate in terms of how it influenced us.

Professor David Livingstone on how climate has shaped how we think about our lives.

02The Body Of Climatic Opinion20101130

Eminent geographer Professor David Livingstone wants us to see that climate is more than just the weather outside our window - it's an empire that has shaped our lives throughout history.

In the Western world, we live very cushioned lives, so that climate rarely impacts on us in a disastrous fashion.

When it does - like the floods that hit parts of the UK in 2007 - we're left shocked and surprised by the ferocity of what climate can do.

David explores the way human beings are shaped by weather patterns; "climate has always been a moral issue - not just a description of the weather" he says.

In today's programme Professor Livingstone looks at how our global geography has been divided into the pestilential and the paradisial, the healthy and the harmful.

Whole regions of the world have been cast as nourishing; others as noxious.

And these mental maps have had immediate effects on human behaviour.

He believes lessons from history about the effects of climate on our bodies should act as a cautionary tale.

Professor David Livingstone on how climate has shaped how we think about our lives.

03Climate, Race And Immmigration20101201

Eminent geographer Professor David Livingstone wants us to see that climate is more than just the weather outside our window - it's an empire that has shaped our lives throughout history.

In the Western world, we live very cushioned lives, so that climate rarely impacts on us in a disastrous fashion.

When it does - like the floods that hit parts of the UK in 2007 - we're left shocked and surprised by the ferocity of what climate can do.

David explores the way human beings are shaped by weather patterns; "climate has always been a moral issue - not just a description of the weather" he says.

In today's programme David explores a very old idea that persists - with no small consequences today - that human culture flourishes in certain climates but degenerates in others.

And how that philosophical argument has been used to underpin racist thinking, prevent philanthropical donations, and prevent aid from being sent to Africa.

Professor David Livingstone on how climate has shaped how we think about our lives.

04Climate, Mind And Brain20101202

Eminent geographer Professor David Livingstone wants us to see that climate is more than just the weather outside our window - it's an empire that has shaped our lives throughout history.

In the Western world, we live very cushioned lives, so that climate rarely impacts on us in a disastrous fashion.

When it does - like the floods that hit parts of the UK in 2007 - we're left shocked and surprised by the ferocity of what climate can do.

David explores the way human beings are shaped by weather patterns; "climate has always been a moral issue - not just a description of the weather" he says.

In today's programme David explores the idea that our minds and brains register in deep ways the imprint of the climate.

For some it even extends into the interior reaches of our internal worlds.

And why that conviction has given an added sense of urgency to the global warming debate.

Professor David Livingstone on how climate has shaped how we think about our lives.

05 LASTClimate's Moral Economy20101203

Eminent geographer Professor David Livingstone wants us to see that climate is more than just the weather outside our window - it's an empire that has shaped our lives throughout history.

In the Western world, we live very cushioned lives, so that climate rarely impacts on us in a disastrous fashion.

When it does - like the floods that hit parts of the UK in 2007 - we're left shocked and surprised by the ferocity of what climate can do.

David explores the way human beings are shaped by weather patterns; "climate has always been a moral issue - not just a description of the weather" he says.

In the last programme in the series, David explores why fears over the influence we are having on climate change, are fundamentally fears about the influence a changed climate will have on us.

Professor David Livingstone on how climate has shaped how we think about our lives.