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Living Lab Radio: November 10, 2019

Wildfire near Tok, Alaska in 2015.
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"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.

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Elsa Partan is a producer and newscaster with CAI. She first came to the station in 2002 as an intern and fell in love with radio. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. From 2006 to 2009, she covered the state of Wyoming for the NPR member station Wyoming Public Media in Laramie. She was a newspaper reporter at The Mashpee Enterprise from 2010 to 2013. She lives in Falmouth with her husband and two daughters.