science podcast #61

Engineering the Climate, Cycling with Parkinson’s Disease

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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.
He No Dead Yet, by King Fighter.
Album: Calypso Awakening from the Emory Cook Collection.

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11 Responses to “Engineering the Climate, Cycling with Parkinson’s Disease”

  1. Grreat topics.. thanks for posting.. the story on wildlife in Kenya was fascinating

  2. I think when governments start deciding on weather.. technology may have gone too far and Mother Nature will fight back.. it could end up being a worse situation. I think Nature will win in the long run

  3. Ian

    Very interesting topics. I am very interested in the idea geoengineering. Obviously, we in the west have been polluting way beyond our share for decades. However, since we are only a relatively small part of the total world’s population the earth has (just barely) been able to absorb the impact. If however, both India and China manage to catch up with our way of life the planet is in real trouble. No easy answer but not everyone in the world will be able to live using the same number of resources we in the US use today.

    Ian Wright
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  4. Amboselli National park is an amazing place. Check it out!!!

  5. AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK is such an amazing place.. it is definitely worth a visit if you go to Kenya. I think everyone will be surprised not only by the large game animals.. but I found the birds particularly amazing.. there are thousands of different species, and its cool because you are looking for lions and elephants and then come across some amazing bird… it was a great surprise

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      I’ve been to the Maasai Mara, which is also stunning (lots of big cats), but never Amboseli. Thanks for the recommendation!

  6. Great post. I can just see it now. The US has deployed troops to the middle east to stop a storm front from ruining the Super Bowl :-)

    Scary as well as interesting stuff.

    John Austin
    Los Angeles, CA
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  7. Wow! very good details i get! Thank you a lot for experiencing this magnificence guide with me.

  8. This is such a wonderful resource that you are providing and you give it away for totally free.

  9. Wow…this is an inspiring post. I’ve been doing Parkinson’s reasearch after finding out my uncle has been diagnosed. Thank you for sharing this.
    Bill Curran

  10. while we all argue over who will be the first to make cuts to green house gasses, our planet is suffering!!!!! where is the sense in that

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