RTÉ FOCUSES ON CLIMATE FOR SCIENCE WEEK 2023
In association with Science Foundation Ireland
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Science Week is back, and this year RTÉ is focusing on Climate
Climate action and our future will take centre stage as RTÉ marks Science Week 2023 with a wide range of themed content across RTÉ television, radio, and online, including RTÉ News and a dedicated online resource at www.rte.ie/scienceweek, from Sunday 12th November – Sunday 19th November.
From learning more about our planet in the returning 10 Things to Know About to understanding the increasing power and influence of AI on our lives in the one-hour documentary, Game Changer: AI & You, and from Tomorrow Tonight, a scripted, docu-drama set 27 years in the future in which Mark Little and Carla O’Brien guide you through the breaking news moments on a seismic night in 2050, as climate change pushes the planet to a moment of crisis to more great RTÉjr series, clips and podcasts, RTÉ has plenty in store for curious minds throughout Science Week.
RTÉ on Climate, for Science Week 2023, is supported by Science Foundation Ireland.
WHAT’S ON: Here’s what’s on RTÉ television, radio, RTÉ Player and RTE.ie.
- HIGHLIGHTS: TV, RTÉ PLAYER + 2FM
- HIGHLIGHTS: RTÉ NEWS & CURRENT AFFAIRS
- HIGHLIGHTS: YOUNG PEOPLE’S PROGRAMMING
>>> HIGHLIGHTS: TV, RTÉ PLAYER + 2FM
Tomorrow Tonight – Wednesday November 15th (9.35pm, RTÉ One and RTÉ Player)
It’s 2050 and at the United Nations in New York, the leaders of the world gather for a make-or-break climate summit. A raft of unprecedented binding measures to precipitate greater climate action globally are under discussion and the world is waiting for the outcome…
Mark Little and Carla O’Brien present Tomorrow Tonight, a scripted, docu-drama set 27 years in the future guiding viewers through the breaking news moments on a seismic night, as climate change pushes the planet to a moment of crisis!
From a studio in Dublin, an impressive panel of experts and augmented-reality graphic explainers decipher a range of complex issues for the audience. Meanwhile a team of roving reporters link live by satellite to the studio, offering analysis and immediate reactions from multiple locations around the world, as they piece together the comprehensive global picture.
Throughout the programme we hear about the catastrophic effects of global warming and sea level rise on ordinary families at home and abroad, analyse the global climate refugee crisis that has hit home on Irish shores and meet the Chief Prosecutor of the International Court of Climate Crime as she holds business leaders and politicians alike to account for past actions of denial and delay.
The programme will also report on the good news, including the Irish rural economy that has innovated and thrived despite the decline of traditional dairy and livestock farming. And, in Brazil we see a revitalised Amazon rainforest whose fate was placed in the hand of indigenous leaders in the late 2030s.
In the run up to Tomorrow Tonight on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player, a live event hosted by Mark Little alongside Colin Murphy, Dr Cara Augustenborg, Diane O’Connor, Maeve Strone, Eoin Warner and Dr Abigail Ruth Freeman in The Project Arts Centre on Tuesday 14th November.
This event will be recorded and made available as a podcast at a later date. For more information and for tickets click here.
WATCH Tomorrow Tonight at 9.35pm, on Wednesday 15th November, RTÉ One + RTÉ Player
Game Changer: AI & You – Thursday 16th November (10.15pm, RTÉ One and RTÉ Player)
Game Changer: AI & You is a new one-hour documentary which will air on RTÉ One on Thursday 16th November which has been made in partnership with Science Foundation Ireland for Science Week. The documentary sees journalist Anne-Marie Tomchak take a look at how this technology is transforming human experience and how we need to adapt to cope with AI’s increasing power and influence on our lives.
Exploring the positive developments in areas like health, education and climate action, as well as touching on the negatives – the scourge of misinformation and deep fakes, the threat to jobs, the existential concern around artificial intelligence becoming more intelligent than us and the fact that our ability to determine what is real or fake is being increasingly compromised by the capabilities of AI.
In the programme:
- Anne-Marie travels to Cornwall to meet Ameca, the world’s most advanced human-like robot.
- We visit the bastion of learning, Oxford University where Professor of Computer Science Micheal Wooldrige discusses the impact AI will have on the human race.
- David Brophy conducts the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in a special performance of ‘Silicon’, a piece which was composed using AI.
- We meet Remie Michelle Clarke, an internationally acclaimed voice actor who discovered her voice had been cloned using AI, putting her livelihood at risk.
- One of the world’s leading deep fake detection companies, Reality Defender reveals the dangers individuals and societies face as a result of misinformation and manipulated media.
- David Nason demonstrates how AI tools can help the world become more accessible to those who are visually impaired.
- Abeba Birhane, the Trinity professor who has made it onto the Time100 AI list, talks about how AI is inherently biased because of the data it is trained upon and what must be done to mitigate against that bias.
- Plus, we learn of AI’s contribution to groundbreaking research taking place in the world of healthcare and climate action.
WATCH Game Changer: AI & You at 10.15pm, Thursday 16th November on RTÉ One + RTÉ Player
Heated (Episode 4) – 8.30pm on Thursday 16th November (RTÉ One, RTÉ Player)
RTÉ’s new six-part series, Heated looks at the implications of climate change for the actual and lived lives of the people in this country – telling stories of hope, inspiration and practical endeavor as we push to cut emissions. Stories try to find the intersection between climate change and climate action – for individuals, families, communities and industry.
Each week presenters Hannah Quinn Mulligan, Michelle McKeown and Rónán Ó Dálaigh bring us three stories about practical, informative or inspirational aspects of climate action.
Episode four asks if:
- Micro hydro-electric power units could be the answer for many around the country seeking a self-sufficient green energy solution?
- A fuel which contains waste materials could reduce harmful emissions by 90% – without affecting the running of any vehicle. It might sound too good to be true but is it the answer?
- An answer to the disposable society created through consumerism and materialism could be found in Repair Cafés? A repair cafe is a community gathering place where people can bring their broken items, such as appliances, clothing, bicycles, or electronics, to be repaired by skilled volunteers for free, thereby promoting sustainability and reducing waste by encouraging people to repair and reuse their belongings instead of throwing them away.
WATCH Heated (Episode 4) – 8.30pm on Thursday 16th November (RTÉ One, RTÉ Player)
10 Things To Know About – Monday 13th November (8.30pm, RTÉ One, RTÉ Player)
“10 Things to Know About…” returns on Monday 13th November at 8.30pm on RTE One, with presenters Kathriona Devereux, Fergus Mc Auliffe and Jonathan McCrea travelling the country to meet the researchers working on some of the most important challenges facing society – from planting more trees to help reach our climate targets, to improved ways of tracking and tackling waterborne diseases in our private wells.
Episode 1 – Trees
Trees have long had an important, almost mythical status in Ireland and the first written Irish alphabet called Ogham was said to be inspired by trees. In this episode, Kathriona Devereux meets Stephen O’Neill (Associate Professor in English, Maynooth University) at a forest in Wicklow to discuss his ‘Literature and Ireland’s Trees’ project which aims to highlight the importance of trees in Irish writing and culture and reinvigorate our connection to nature.
Can something as simple as planting a tree really help something as complex as climate change? Kathriona meets David Styles (Associate Professor in Agri-Sustainability, University of Galway) whose research into carbon sequestration reveals that Ireland needs to plant more than 16,500 Croke Park’s worth of trees every year to help reach our climate targets.
Ireland’s native trees can play a significant role in that, and Jonathan McCrea meets Teagasc’s Oliver Sheridan to find out about work to produce better quality birch and alder trees and maximise their potential. And with Ash dieback, a fungal disease which is expected to devastate up to 90 per cent of the State’s ash trees, recently reported to have infected trees in the grounds of Leinster House, Jonathan meets Dheeraj Rathore to discuss research into breeding more climate resilient and disease-resistant trees.
WATCH 10 Things To Know About – Monday 13th November (8.30pm, RTÉ One, RTÉ Player)
The People There To Catch Us, a new documentary on Monday November 13th at 8pm on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player.
Cancer treatment is changing, and for the better. Meath native Tom Hope and Clare-based Rachel O’Mahony both have a lived experience of cancer bring us through their stories, from diagnosis to now, where they work with others on their cancer journeys in a new documentary, The People There To Catch Us.
Their stories intertwine with the work of scientists with similar goals, developing personalised treatments for patients and working to improve the lives of others living with cancer. Through their conversations, we see how the gaps between the work in labs and the patients’ lived experiences with cancer are being bridged. The film showcases the community that is there to help. Organisations like Precision Oncology Ireland, Cúram, The Patient’s Voice, and many others are working in different ways to aid people through what can be a very challenging time.
Every patient is different, and every cancer is different – and with new approaches, people can live well, with and beyond their experience with cancer.
WATCH The People There To Catch Us at 8pm on Monday 13th November on RTÉ One + RTÉ Player.
>>> ALSO ON RTÉ PLAYER
We will also have a range of Climate Action-themed programmes and series, such as.
- Home Grown
- What Planet Are You On?
- Food Matters
- Will Ireland Survive 2050?
- Eco Eye
- Hot Air: Ireland’s Climate Crisis
- Back From The Brink
- Ear to The Ground
- Junk Kouture Dublin City Final Highlights 2023
- My Best Sustainable Life
- Future Island Live
- Galapagos: Conservation in Practice
>>>AND ON RTÉ 2FM
Across 2FM Fionnuala Moran will be bringing you Beautiful Day, practical and everyday tips that will help you make small changes that could lead to a big difference; from what to do with unused clothes to how car polling can be beneficial in lots of different ways.
You can enjoy the first installment at 7.30am on Monday 13th November.
>>> HIGHLIGHTS: NEWS & CURRENT AFFAIRS
The Galway Science and Technology – Sunday 12th November
RTÉ’s Western Correspondent, Pat McGrath visits the Galway Science and Technology festival runs for two weeks in November to coincide with Science Week. On Sunday it’s Exhibition Day at the University of Galway campus. Thousands of people are expected to attend workshops, demonstrations and interactive exhibitions on a range of topics from medical science to 3D astronomy, and from wildlife to self-driving cars. The 2023 Galway Science Person of the Year will also be announced.
The Business of Science – Tuesday 14th November
RTÉ’s Western Correspondent, Pat McGrath looks at the medical devices/medtech sector in Galway and the West, and the economic impact the growth of this sector has had, and explores how it is shaping government policy and vice versa.
Farming & Science – Wednesday 15th November
RTÉ Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Correspondent, Joe Mag Raollaigh has a case study of how new food supplements for cattle have been shown to reduce methane output in cattle breath by 30%, and methane output from slurry by 80%. This coincides with the Department of Agriculture conference, “Agriculture and Climate Change-Science into Action”.The conference is all about scientific advances that will help to reduce carbon footprint of Irish farms. Teagasc and other farming bodies have previously said achieving the 25% reduction in emissions will require existing AND new technology.
MORE FROM RTÉ NEWS & CURRENT AFFAIRS
From local lore to the lab, scientists at Trinity College Dublin are trying to harness the untapped therapeutic and commercial uses of native Irish bog plants, using the written records of school children growing up in 1930’s Ireland as a starting point. The groundbreaking project aims to ‘unlock nature’s pharmacy’ and ultimately deliver undiscovered medicines to market.
Ask the Scientist – Your questions on climate change answered
Science questions gathered from members of the public on RTÉ News social platforms throughout Science Week – answered by a team of scientists from UCC over the coming weeks.
Climate Jargon Explainer Series
Created for RTÉ social media platforms and the RTÉ website, the Climate Jargon Explainer Series will kick off during Science Week to explain terms and concepts commonly used in discussion of climate change. This helpful guide will explain terms such as “Anthropogenic Climate Change,” explain the difference between “Adaptation” and “Mitigation”, define “Net Zero”, and more.
>>> HIGHLIGHTS: YOUNG PEOPLE’S PROGRAMMING
We have some great shows where kids can have fun while learning all about science.
Space Camp Challenge, in conjunction with Science Foundation Ireland, brings us to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Centre in ‘Rocket City’, Alabama, where eight Irish teens have an ‘out of this world’ experience as they find out if they have what it takes to be Ireland’s first astronaut. The mission starts on at 3.50pm on Monday 13th November on RTÉ2 & RTÉ Player. The full box set will be on RTÉ Player from Monday too.
WATCH our promo here.
Let’s Find Out has lots of great experiments and there are even lesson plans for teachers – why not give them a go in school. READ all about it here.
Come and meet the Atoms of Atom Town and explore the magic and wonder of the universe. Meet a colourful community of characters based on the Elements of the Periodic Table. READ more here.
Claaaass Science is a series of five YouTube Films from great science communicators where they answer your questions on everything from hormones to hair. WATCH all five here.
Ireland’s Future Is Mine
Imagine if kids were allowed to re-design their own town or use their imagination to make the world more sustainable. Well, on Ireland’s Future Is Mine that’s exactly what we did by harnessing the power of Microsoft Education Edition. Hundreds of schools entered the competition with two taking part in an e-sports Grand Final. You can stream the show and the lessons are still there for everyone! Find out more here: Ireland’s Future Is MINE (rte.ie)
We all know the Body Brothers like to dance, they like to move, but they also like to learn about new things. They found out about parts of the body, animals and now it’s time to look at inventions. Stream all 3 series on RTÉ Player here.
Ecolution, the climate action podcast for young people, has a special show from Wednesday on citizen science. SUBSCRIBE here.
The Science of Sense Podcast is back with a brand-new series, The Science of Sense Does the Environment. All six shows are available on Thursday here.
For more, visit www.rte.ie/scienceweek and keep an eye on RTÉ’s social media channels on Facebook, X, Instagram and TikTok.