"If I discovered that the toothpaste you're using was causing pancreatic cancer, and I just published in a journal - I didn't say anything about it - I just wouldn't be doing my duty and obligation. It's just troubling the way people feel that if you raise the alarm about climate change, well, you're no longer a scientist; you're an advocate. Well, we're also members of society. And we know we have special knowledge that not everyone has and we feel an obligation to share it. " - Bill Moomaw
This week on Living Lab Radio:
- Veteran climate scientist Bill Moomaw co-authored a study signed by more than 11,000 researchers declaring a climate emergency that could cause "untold suffering" without urgent action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The study outlines six action areas and provides a dashboard of metrics for gauging progress.
- Loren Wold of Ohio State University has reviewed the existing research on the cardiovascular risks of vaping and says e-cigarettes may be safer than traditional, combustion cigarettes, but that doesn't make them safe.
- Biodiversity Works co-founder Luanne Johnson is tracking bats on Martha's Vineyard in hopes of figuring out why they've persisted when other bat populations have been decimated by fungal white nose syndrome.
- Asha de Vos founded Oceanswell to study blue whales in her home country of Sri Lanka, where the whales - unusually - live year-round rather than migrating south to feed.