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50 Things That Made the Modern Economy

50 Things That Made the Modern Economy

50 Things That Made the Modern Economy

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Love it or loathe it, concrete has a pretty poor reputation. It takes a lot of energy to produce and releases a great deal of CO2 in the process. Architects appreciate its versatility but few admire its aesthetics. And yet concrete has been shown to – among other things – improve health, school attendance, agricultural productivity and the wages of farm workers. There are few more important inventions. Tim Harford tells the remarkable hidden story of a ubiquitous, unloved material. Producer: Ben Crighton Editors: Richard Knight and Richard Vadon (Image: Masons hands spread concrete, Credit: APGuide/Shutterstock)


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