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Foresight The week ahead

Thursday 3 October The Material World When waste is dumped in soil, water bacteria will usually break it down or disperse it. Quinten Cooper investigates how scientists are trying to harness the power of organisms so that environmental waste, whether oil based, chemical or radioactive, no longer poses a threat. What a shame George Bush goes all cloth-ears when such positive moves are mooted.

BBC Radio 4, 4.30 Costing The Earth Is it possible to blame the likes of Alan Titchmarsh and his ilk for pollution and destroying natural habitats? Only tenuously, readers, but the renewed popularity of gardening, led by television, may partly account for a 38% increase in the use of household pesticides between 1999 and 2000. What's more, as farmland becomes less appealing to wildlife, Britain's back gardens are becoming the last refuge for rare species. Tom Feilden looks at the effects on wildlife and gardener's health.

Beware the mutant gardener! ! !

BBC Radio 4, 9pm Saturday Kew Bridge Steam Museum For today and tomorrow, friends, the museum holds its annual festival of steam models. Boats, traction engines and railways will be there plus the museum's own narrow gauge steam railway offering free rides around the site.

They're great folk at Kew, readers, so give 'em your support. Big thanks to Jo Willis who provided the pertinent publicity pertaining to this piece.

(020) 8568 4757 www. kbsm. org Engineering The Impossible Another mention for this programme of a rather interesting what if? variety, which looks at the feasibility of a bridge joining Europe with Africa and a tunnel across the Straits of Gibraltar.

Projects are constructed through state of the art graphics, based on the use of existing technologies.

Discovery Channel, 12 noon Monday Superstructures Of America Foresight kneels at the altar of your forgiveness, readers. As your correspondent sat down in front of the telly the other evening with a warming draught, he realised the above should have had a mention.

It's a series though, so all is not lost. This week, how the Kennedy Space Centre rose up from an alligator infested swamp and how the faces were carved into Mount Rushmore.

Channel 4, 8pm Tuesday Super Structures: The World's Largest Shipyard The town of Ulsan on South Korea's east coast is home to the biggest shipyard in the world. The Hyundai Heavy Industries yard spans two miles and is a world leader in shipbuilding. Sit back and enjoy the story of its origination and construction. Since it's shipping, extra tots of rum all round.

Discovery Channel, 10.30pm If you know of events, exhibitions, books, programmes or websites that ought to be included in Foresight, contact Karl Thompson, tel (020) 7505 6682, e-mail karl. thompson@ construct. emap. com

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