Blinded By Science

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In this episode, three stories of science gone wrong: distorted science, unethical science, and just plain nutty science. We learn about geoengineering and take a geoengineering quiz—can you guess which is NOT a real proposal to cool the planet? Then we hear how companies that make flame retardant chemicals distorted a major scientific study—for decades. And science and human rights collide in the Grand Canyon.

We speak to Jim Thomas of the ETC Group, who has been closely following geoengineering and the exploits of a maverick geoengineer named Russ George. Next, Dr. Vyto Babrauskas is one of the country’s premier fire safety scientists. He tells us about harmful flame retardant chemicals, and how industry misused his study on the efficacy of these chemicals. And Professor Jonathan Marks outlines the controversy between a genetic researcher and the Havasupai Indians, who live at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.