What impact is the car having on the environment and our society?

A look the history of the car and how it has become a desired commodity that is destroying the environment.

Imagine a machine which kills and maims millions of people...
Imagine a machine which could one day cost us the earth. 

The invention of the car combined with the consumer booms of the 1950s and 1960s has had a major impact on people and the environment. 

The car began as a custom made vehicle for a privileged elite. It was now fast becoming an indispensable part of people's lives.

Nature of Things - The Car (1990)
Nature of Things - The Car (1990)

Frank McDonald, Environment Correspondent with The Irish Times, talks about the modern day love affair with the car, and its declining value as there become more and more of them.

This episode of 'Nature of Things' was broadcast on 3 May 1990. The reporter is Tim Collins.

Car - Nature of Things (1990)
Nature of Things - The Car (1990)