BBC History Magazine

All fired up

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Our need for energy, and the changing ways we’ve sourced and used it, has been a powerful driver in human history. That’s the premise of a new four-part series from the BBC’s chief environmen­t correspond­ent,Justin Rowlatt.

He begins by exploring how our OCUVGT[ QH TG VTCPUHQTOG­F QWT OGVCDQlism, as the unique ability to cook changed the way our bodies access the energy food provides. The second episode looks at what Rowlatt calls “the original solar energy revolution”, when humans harnessed the power of the sun’s rays to grow food. At Butser Ancient Farm in Hampshire, armed with a Stone Age mattock, he discovers that cultivatin­g plants was hard work.

Subsequent programmes focus on fossil fuels and on the technologi­cal advances that are rapidly reducing the pricesof both renewable energy and electric vehicles.

A Pyrotechni­c History of Humanity

BBC Radio 4 / Expected to air Tuesday 30 March

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Reconstruc­tion Iron Age buildings at Butser Ancient Farm in Hampshire, among the sites featured in a look at how fire and fuel shaped human history

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