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The Inquiry gets beyond the headlines to explore the trends, forces and ideas shaping the world.

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The Inquiry gets beyond the headlines to explore the trends, forces and ideas shaping the world.

    Why aren’t countries doing more to stop climate change?

    Why aren’t countries doing more to stop climate change?

    What progress are China, India, Africa, Europe and the US making to limit climate change? Some experts believe they should they go at different paces to reflect their carbon footprints and development goals. And there are calls that developed nations must pay more to help developing nations prepare from transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy. With Charmaine Cozier.


    (Image: Attendees in the Blue Zone during the COP26 climate talks in in Glasgow/ Jonne Roriz)

    • 23 min
    What is the metaverse and why is Facebook so obsessed with it?

    What is the metaverse and why is Facebook so obsessed with it?

    As Facebook rebrands itself as Meta, which vision of the so-called metaverse will we adopt in the future? Will one firm dominate or will control be decentralized? And what dangers and opportunities will there be as we adopt avatars and become embodied in our online experience. With Charmaine Cozier.


    (Image: Woman wearing augmented reality glasses at night / Getty/Qi Yang)

    • 22 min
    What are hypersonic missiles and why do they matter?

    What are hypersonic missiles and why do they matter?

    America, China and Russia are engaged in a new arms race, spending billions to develop new missile technology, but how different are these hypersonic missiles from what has gone before? And as countries work out how they might use them, are they increasing the risk of triggering conflict?

    Contributors:
    Dr Gustav Gressel, Berlin office, European Council on Foreign Relations
    Dr Laura Grego, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Dr Marina Favaro, Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy, University of Hamburg
    Dr Cameron Tracy, Centre for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University

    Presenter: Tanya Beckett
    Producers: Bob Howard and Sheila Cook
    Researcher: Chris Blake

    Image: Military parade in Beijing marks 70th anniversary of Chinese People's Republic (Credit: Zoya Rusinova/TASS via Getty Images)

    • 22 min
    Why are we seeing global shortages?

    Why are we seeing global shortages?

    Empty shelves are becoming commonplace. And prices are rising. Charmaine Cozier explores the role that the pandemic, and a sudden demand explosion, have had on supply chains. Around the world workers are being slow to return to their jobs, the container shipping industry is struggling to get goods to their destinations and manufacturing disruptions are causing a reduction in vital components. And in addition to the pandemic, extreme weather events have resulted in ruined harvests. How long will it take for things to return to normal?

    Contributors:
    Jose Sette, International Coffee Organisation
    Stacy Rasgon, Bernstein Research
    Dr Nela Richardson, ADP
    Professor Alan MacKinnon, Kuehne Logistics University

    Presenter: Charmaine Cozier
    Researcher: Chris Blake
    Producer: Rosamund Jones

    (Image: Empty supermarket shelves: REUTERS/Henry Nicholls)

    • 22 min
    Do climate conferences make a difference?

    Do climate conferences make a difference?

    COP 26 is just around the corner and expectations are high that nations commit to reduce CO2 emissions.
    Global temperature rises are set to exceed levels at which things could get much worse and so the question is extremely urgent.
    But three decades since countries first came together to tackle environmental concerns, the pandemic may limit what can be achieved.

    Presented by Tanya Beckett
    Researcher: Natasha Fernandes
    Editor: Richard Vadon

    (Image: Street artists paint a mural on a wall opposite the COP26 climate summit venue in Glasgow: Photo by Andy Buchanan/AFP via Getty Images)

    • 22 min
    Are we running out of water?

    Are we running out of water?

    We cannot survive without water. But for a quarter of the world’s population, there just isn’t enough. The most vulnerable are those with the least access, and even if there is enough, it’s often in the wrong place. So, Tanya Beckett asks, are we running out of water?

    Experts:
    James Famiglietti, Executive Director at the Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan.
    Samrat Basak, Director of India’s Urban Water Programme for the World Resources Institute.
    Kate Brauman, Lead Scientist for the Global Water Initiative at the University of Minnesota.
    Daniel Shemie, Resilient Watersheds Strategy Director at The Nature Conservancy.

    Presenter: Tanya Becket
    Producer: Soila Apparicio
    Researcher: Matt Murphy
    Production Co-ordinator: Jacqui Johnson
    Sound Engineer: Rod Farquhar
    Editor: Richard Vadon

    (Image: Aerial View of Dry River in Nevada, USA / Getty Images: Bim)

    • 22 min

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