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Planet Oil: The Story of a Modern Addiction
One sixth of the modern global economy depends on hydrocarbon fuels. Without them, the planet would grind to a halt. As one US oilman puts it “If oil didn’t exist, we would have to invent it.” No single resource has ever changed so overwhelmingly the course of mankind’s and earth’s history. In this talk, Professor Iain Stewart will look back at the social and political consequences of our society’s gradual addiction to fossil fuels and look forward to consider whether we can ever end our dependence on them.
Iain Stewart is Professor of Geoscience Communication at the University of Plymouth and has presented a number of science programmes for the BBC.