Wednesday, January 4, 2012


Spot of Culture: John Beddington loves...

Scientists who are changing the way we understand the world tell CultureLab their favourite places to seek inspiration and reflect.
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When John Beddington decided to shift his focus from economics to ecology some four decades ago, he made his way to the library at London Zoo to start reading up. In the years since he has become a regular at the zoo - taking his children and now grandchildren along as well. But it is not only his history that makes it a beloved spot. "My interests are really to do with how we deal with the problems of the 21st century, and one of those is biodiversity," he says. "Going to the zoo is a wonderful reminder of the enormous diversity of animal life, and that, if we don't get our act together to address climate change and the depletion of habitats, some of these splendid creatures won't be around."

John Beddington is chief scientific adviser to the UK government

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