Laboratories Of Power

Three programmes on the scientists who can move political mountains.



World leaders are about to gather in Holland to push through measures aimed at protecting the world from global warming. They are doing so because of warnings from scientists on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Richard Black asks whether the scientists' arguments will prevail.


The World Health Organisation runs campaigns all over the world to eradicate disease - campaigns which are underpinned by scientific research. Richard Black finds out what happens when the scientists' plans meet the real world

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Richard Black investigates the Codex Alimentarius Commission, which, although little known, is the ultimate global authority on food safety. Its decisions are based on scientific advice, but where does that advice come from?