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Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Going green to the extreme

August 7th, 2009
04:18 PM ET

How much would you sacrifice to save the planet?  Would you consider not having a child? 

A new study by Oregon State University suggests having multiple children may be the most environmentally damaging of all human activities. 

By having one less child, an American would save more than nine thousand metric tonnes of carbon dioxide - many more times what you could save by simply living a rigidly green lifestyle. 

Professor Ben Zuckerman at UCLA suggests this could be a wake-up call for environmental groups.  He says: "The mainstream environmental movement has entirely dropped the ball on this issue and I think its really been a disaster for our country... They have hundreds of trivial ways in which one can reduce one's environmental impact of the earth but they don't even mention population."

For the record, it has not yet been scientifically proved that there is a link between human activity and global warming, even if there is a broad consensus on a connection. 

Do you think environmental groups will be going well beyond their remit if they start advising against having children? Or do you think the situation has become so serious, each one of us should consider taking such drastic action if it's relevant?

Let me know what your opinion on this. Leave your comments below, and I'll read some of the best out on tonight's show at 2100 BST.

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Six Degrees: Bill Clinton to Mozart

August 7th, 2009
01:47 PM ET

It's that time of the week again!

Get your thinking caps on, we're handing down our Six Degrees challenge.

All you need to do is connect two newsmakers who have hit the headlines in six moves.

This week we want you to link President Bill Clinton, who this week successfully negotiated a pardon for two American journalists imprisoned in North Korea, to legendary composer and child prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Leave your submissions in the comments section below, and the team will pick the most creative connection, and I'll announce the winner on tonight's show.

Still need some inspiration? Check this out...

Last week's winner was Brian C., who connected former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin to Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher. Here's how he did it...

Sarah Palin was the running mate of...

John McCain, who was endorsed by...

President George W. Bush. Mister Bush congratulated all of America's Olympic gold medal winners in Beijing...

including LeBron James...

who was in a Nike commercial with Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger...

whose boyfriend is Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton...

who has gone on record to say he's looking forward to racing against Michael Schumacher when he returns to the circuit later this month.

Reckon you can better Brian? Then try your hand at connecting Bill Clinton and Mozart. Remember: you need five other people between those two: no more, no less. If you want your friends to take the challenge as well, then click the "share post" button below.

To see previous challenges, click here. Happy connecting!

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Filed under:  General