A Weblog monitoring coverage of environmental issues and science in the UK media. By Professor Emeritus Philip Stott. The aim is to assess whether a subject is being fairly covered by press, radio, and television. Above all, the Weblog will focus on science, but not just on poor science. It will also bring to public notice good science that is being ignored because it may be politically inconvenient.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

A return to sceptical landscapes.....

I'm just back from Canada (wonderful trip) and I shall be up-and-blogging regularly again soon. Thanks for your patience.

In the meantime, my mini-Series, 'Sceptical Landscapes', starts today on BBC Radio 4 (2.45 pm BST live and 'Listen Again'). It has been a pleasure getting out-and-about to make this little series and today's programme, set in the old mill towns of Oldham and Bolton, argues that there is just as much nature in our industrial cotton towns as in the surrounding countryside, on much-derided brownfield sites as in the over-lauded greenbelt. My producer is a wonder, and he has blended perfectly local interviews with my choice of appropriate music and poetry, some not as well-known as it deserves.

Do feel free to listen on line (the music alone is fun). I'm flattered that the programme is 'Choice of the Day' in various newspapers, but even more so that it is the Sunday 'Choice of the Day' on BBC Radio 4's own flagship site: 'Sceptical Landscapes' [top right, 'Listen Again'].

The following four programmes, to be broadcast one after the other on Sundays at 2.45 pm BST, will examine the local causes of flooding; sea-level rise... and fall; birds, climate change, and artificial habitats; and the fauna and flora of our once-great industrial waterways.

Philip, nice to be back in time to hear the first programme broadcast. But, I enjoyed the gophers and the bald eagles, especially at a remarkable wedding in Calgary. Here's hoping there's a stampede to listen to 'Sceptical Landscapes'. Cowboy hats all round. "Alberta steak for breakfast?"

[New counter, June 19, 2006, with loss of some data]

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