Engineering the Climate, Cycling with Parkinson’s Disease
This week: There’s a new discussion on our Science Forum. You can chat with economist Scott Barrett about the science and geo-politics of geoengineering. So come join the discussion! In today’s show, you’ll hear a story about geoengineering and a fascinating tale about a patient with Parkinson’s disease. Also, Kenya’s wildlife officials are busy transporting thousands of herbivores from game reserves in one part of the country to the Amboselli National Park. Our Music in Science segment is back, and a Canadian scientist tells us what he listened to while writing his PhD thesis. Oh, and there’s a little treat at the end of today’s show!
Engineering the Climate: With countries largely stalemated over cuts in greenhouse gas pollution, many are looking to massive technological interventions to help cool the planet. But that raises a huge ethical question: Who gets to decide whether and when to use these? This story is linked to our new Science Forum discussion. Don’t miss it – just click here to participate. The conversation’s live until April 19th.
Report by: The World’s Alex Gallafent.
A report on geoengineering by the U.K’s Royal Society.
Hack the Planet, a new book by science reporter Eli Kintisch.
Get a quick guide to geoengineering technologies with Hack the Planet Safety Cards.
March Geoengineering Confab Draws Praise, Criticism
Cycling with Parkinson’s Disease: A doctor in the Netherlands has discovered that some people who suffer severe symptoms of Parkinson’s disease can ride a bicycle with relative ease.
Guest: Dr. Bastiaan Bloem of the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center in Nijmegen.
See a video of this patient cycling.
BBC’s info on Parkinson’s Disease.
Relocating Wildlife in Kenya: Wildlife rangers in Kenya have begun one of the biggest relocations of wild animals in history. They’re hoping to move some seven thousand zebras and wildebeest from private game reserves across the country into the Amboselli National Park. The park has been devastated by drought and, the authorities say, it needs the animals to help restore the natural balance. Our East Africa correspondent Peter Greste has been following the zebras from capture to release.
Report by: The BBC’s Peter Greste.
Amboselli National Park.
Music in Science: Simon Donner studies the impact of climate change on coastal ecosystems. He spends a lot of his time doing computer modeling, but that can get monotonous. Back when he was a graduate student writing his PhD thesis in Madison, Wisconsin, he made it a point to leave the lab and work outside to the tunes of Calypso music.
Simon Donner’s Blog.
Song: He No Dead Yet, by King Fighter.
Album: Calypso Awakening from the Emory Cook Collection.