Leader: The big question

At the end of the weekly NS Interview we ask our subjects - politicians, writers, musicians - a simple question: Are we all doomed? For our annual science issue, there could be no better question to put to a group of leading scientists and thinkers in Britain and beyond. Some - including the Astronomer Royal, Martin Rees - are cheerfully optimistic about the fate of the planet and its people. Others, such as the Nobel prizewinner Andre Geim, are less so, citing the world's rapidly increasing population and our inability to take adequate steps to protect our environment. The range of answers offers an insight into the minds working at the forefront of modern science. And one message is clear: it will be down to all of us to save ourselves.

This article first appeared in the 06 June 2011 issue of the New Statesman, Are we all doomed?