Radio NZ National is broadcasting one of this year’s BBC Reith Lectures by Professor Jeffery Sachs, who is the celebrity economist behind such glorious projects as privatisation/theft in Russia, Bono's politics, Make Poverty History, and UN aid programmes. Not only is he one of the most influential economists alive, he's a friend of Geri Halliwell's, and somewhat more importantly, he's said to have 'done more to shape contemporary low horizons on global poverty than any other individual'. In the Reith Lectures he argues in favour of the fashionable views that 1) industrialisation is killing the planet, and 2) scientific and technological advances are destabilising the planet, and 3) rising population is destroying the planet. For a critique of these lectures, try Dominic Lawson in the Independent - Jeffrey Sachs is wrong again - or Daniel Ben-Ami on Sachs sucks. You can tune in to hear the Sachs broadcast on Sunday 29 April at 4:06 pm - or of course listen on the BBC website.