CNN International's Earth's Frontiers Debate

Is the loss of the planet’s biodiversity a greater threat than climate change? Join in the debate, hosted at Kew, on 25 August 2010.

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24 Aug 2010

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CNN panelists: Paul Smith, Ahmed Djoghlaf and James Rogers

CNN panelists: Becky Anderson with Paul Smith, Ahmed Djoghlaf and Jon Williams.

Earth's Frontiers is CNN International's monthly environmental programme. The latest debate in the series asks if the loss of the planet’s biodiversity is a greater threat than climate change and is being held at Kew. Kew is an international centre of biodiversity research and our global conservation work is vital in highlighting the current threats to the world's plant life and helping to protect species at risk for our future.  

This topical debate offers viewers the opportunity to find out the critical importance of maintaining our ecosystems, the role Kew plays in communicating this and why individuals, big businesses and governments can no longer ignore this grave challenge that threatens the future of our planet and our very existence. The audience have a great role to play in shaping the debate as they have the opportunity to raise questions and share opinions in advance before the debate begins.

Joining Becky Anderson from CNN are Paul Smith, Director of Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank who is also a specialist in ecology and plant diversity in southern, central and eastern Africa; Ahmed Djoghlaf, UN Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity who has extensive knowledge of global environment processes within the UN system; and Jon Williams, Head of Biodiversity for PriceWaterhouseCoopers who has extensive experience working on sustainable forestry finance, biodiversity and ecosystems markets. 

Transmission times:

Earth’s Frontiers Biodiversity Debate will air on CNN International at the following times:

  • Wednesday 25 August at 0930 and 1730
  • Saturday 28 August 0930, 1530 and 2130
  • Sunday 29 August at 0630 and 1830
  • Monday 30 August at 0430

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