January 25, 2013 – The Danger of Science Denial?

Michael Specter: Photo via TED Talks
Michael Specter: Photo via TED Talks

Respected American journalist Michael Specter has been a staff writer with The New Yorker since 1998. In a TED Talks presented this week, he compares the largely negative global reaction to GMO “Frankenfoods” to the pseudo-scientific fear-mongering of the anti-vaccination crowd.

With the topic of science and society as a general theme throughout, Kevin Farmer joins Daryn Caister to discuss their reactions to Specters TED Talk and this weeks tops news items.

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Headlines This Week:

Extreme weather could be ‘new normal’ says Environment Canada

Europe ‘has failed to learn from environmental disasters’

Andean glaciers melting at ‘unprecedented’ rates

Environment Canada sent itself a warning after diesel leak at water research building

Environment Canada hits alleged polluters with warnings instead of prosecutions

140 countries agree mercury treaty

China’s air pollution results from unchecked government: former official

UK scientists bid to mimic plant energy creation

First gas production uncertain after Deep Panuke fire

Whole Foods CEO On Climate Change: John Mackey Says Warming Is ‘Not Necessarily Bad’

‘Glory year’ expected in U.S. energy, despite skilled labour shortage

This Weeks Music! Brought to you by DJ Amber Waves at Open til’ Midnight:

Down To The River – Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers

CBC does an excellent job describing Caplan: “Rugged, raspy, and roaring with charisma, Halifax’s Ben Caplan is to folklore what smoke is to bourbon… A sound that bridges the gap between controlled composition and unruly passion.”  Perhaps Canada’s answer to Tom Waits, Caplan’s notoreity as a live artist makes him a man not to be missed.

The Fences – Morgan Macdonald

Morgan Macdonald is a recent new love of mine and one hell of a storyteller.  His debut EP Back To The Wilderness is stellar (see OTM’s review from this week).  “The Fences” greets the ears like an old friend, its soothing acoustic guitar melody pulling you into the melancholy sway of a contemplative look at growing old ( and apart) from our home and its shifting landscape — the price of gentrification.

Halfway There – Cai.ro

I’ve spoken before of the enigma that is Cai.ro, but I bring them up again in this spotlight to point out Toronto’s fortunate opportunity to catch the band live at the Garrison January 25th with The Envy and others.  Their EP Young Love is available for free – see their official page for details!

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see you next week!

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