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How Should Humanity Prosper?  (aired 4/27/2006)
Stanford biologist Paul Ehrlich has been at the pessimistic forefront of the modern ecological movement for nearly four decades. His book, The Population Bomb, published in 1968, was an intellectual spark that contributed to the popular view that mankind was running out of control and that catastrophe was just around the corner. Many scientists have maintained that most of Ehrlich’s gloomy views were wrong. Needless to say, Ehrlich disagrees. Now he has a new book out co-authored with his wife Anne Ehrlich. It too takes a dark and alarmist view of the human condition.

The Future of Energy  (aired 1/20/2005)
Affordable and plentiful energy has fueled America’s economic engine for more than a century. For most of this period, we have been able to rely on resources like oil and coal. But the possibility of worldwide depletion of fossil fuels, the threat of global climate change, and the advent of new fuels like hydrogen have led to a call for a new national energy policy. How can America strike a balance between our economy and our ecology?

Is the Oasis Vanishing?  (aired 2/27/2003)
Seventy percent of our planet is covered with water. But most of it is ocean water. Less than one tenth of one percent of the earth’s water is drinkable. In desert areas, scarce water sources are disappearing. Are we headed for a water crisis? Or is there a technological fix available?

Sustainable Development  (aired 10/10/2002)
In August 2002, world leaders traveled to Johannesburg, South Africa, for the United Nations Summit on Sustainable Development. Participants argued over how best to clean up the environment and at the same time boost the economies of poor nations. Are those two goals compatible? What is the real state of the environment?

What On Earth Is Going On?  (aired 3/23/2000)
Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg examines the condition of our planet at the beginning of the new millennium. How concerned should we be about pollution, climate change, and population growth? Two think tanks, the Worldwatch Institute and the Competitive Enterprise Institute, have published books that attempt to answer that question. Are they describing the same planet?


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