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Should I Re­ally Give up Fly­ing? 8.30pm, LifeStyle

If you watched last night’s air crash ex­trav­a­ganza, the an­swer to that may seem ob­vi­ous. But in­stead of ham­mer­ing away at our per­sonal fear of fly­ing, this pro­gram in­ves­ti­gates the en­vi­ron­men­tal ef­fect of some of the 2.5 mil­lion flights that take place each year. Ac­cord­ing to this doc­u­men­tary, one rel­a­tively short flight from Lon­don to Malaga in Spain puts 27 tonnes of CO into the at­mos­phere, which stays there for more than 100 years.

Rais­ing Val­halla, 8.30pm, ABC2

The birth of an opera house. No, they don’t just rise out of the sea like meringues, they take a good deal of plan­ning. The Syd­ney meringue, while a stun­ning work of land­mark ar­chi­tec­ture, is hardly up to opera at all, hence a new opera theatre nearby or a sub­stan­tial ren­o­va­tion is in or­der. But Canada’s first mod­ern opera house is a tri­umph. Find out what it takes to build an opera house that is per­fect for opera.

Ian Cuth­bert­son

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