Living Lab Radio: August 19th, 2019

Aug 18, 2019

Runoff in mid-July from the Greenland ice sheet near the Greenland capital of Nuuk.
Credit Irina Overeem / National Snow and Ice Data Center

"The changes that are happening in the Arctic can feel very far away, but we can now recognize that all of these changes we've talked about together have been fundamentally caused by human action. But the good news is that the future of these changes will also be fundamentally determined by human action. So, we can be really active players in what the future holds." - Twila Moon

This week on Living Lab Radio:

  • Nature's European bureau chief, Nisha Gaind, gives a whirlwind tour of recent science headlines - from surging rates of drug resistant HIV to a new telescope that will map 11 billion years of cosmic history, with a particular eye toward dark energy.
  • Three climate scientists connect the dots between record low Arctic sea ice, record high melting of Greenland's glaciers, dramatic permafrost melting ... and us.
  • Peter Coleman, founder of the Difficult Conversations Lab, says embracing complexity is key to talking about issues like climate change or abortion. But, he cautions that not all conversations will be productive.
  • Jenny Rohn of LabLit.com recommends end-of-summer beach reads with scientists in starring roles. No advanced degrees required to enjoy these stories.