With the midterm elections less than a week away, science is on voters’ minds even when it’s not on the ballot. From coastal floods in Florida, to the growing pains of renewable energy in Hawaii, to curbing the opioid addiction crisis in Kentucky, different stories hit closer to home depending on what state you’re in. Sophie Bushwick, senior editor at Popular Science, joins Ira to walk through some of the top science stories in every state, plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, as found in recent Popular Science reporting.
They’re joined by reporters Elizabeth Harball, from Alaska’s Energy Desk, Kristofor Husted, from KBIA in Missouri, and Annie Ropeik of New Hampshire Public Radio. The three reporters share stories of salmon conservation policy, meat substitute labeling, renewable energy expansion, and more from their respective states.
And they take listener input: What’s the most important science story YOU see in your state?
We asked this question on Twitter earlier this week. Check out the responses below:
We spend a lot of time talking about the big issues in science. But this week we want to take a closer look at what’s happening where you live. What’s a science issue in your home town that matters to you?
— Science Friday (@scifri) October 30, 2018
Climate change — melting permafrost and warmer winters are already taking a toll on infrastructure in Interior Alaska
— Julie Stricker (@alasjules) October 30, 2018
Several city (Westfield, MA) wells have been shut down because of contamination with PFAA’s from the fire fighting foam at MA Air National Guard at Barnes Airport.
How widespread is the problem?
What are the available remedies?
— Edward J Carrington (@BellesHouse) October 30, 2018
Water contamination from manufacturing. Merrimack NH. Saint GoBain Performance Plastics. Major contamination of and res and comm wells in 3 towns. The company accepted some culpability but is now fighting additional remediation. An issue w national implications.
— Kevin Gibbs (@TheCoachGibbs) October 30, 2018
In #Seattle, Imminent extinction of the resident orca population due to pollution, overfishing of salmon (their prey) & dams blocking salmon migration
— Sarah Frias-Torres, PhD (@GrouperDoc) October 31, 2018
Water boil mandate in #AustinTX after heavy rainfall in October.
— Andrea Clark (@andrea_m_clark) October 30, 2018
Read Popular Science’s original recent report, covering the science stories in every state, as well as Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico.
Read Alaska Public Media’s report on salmon habitats in Alaska.
In Missouri, there’s a fake meat-labeling conundrum. NPR fill us in on the current meat labeling law.
New Hampshire has some of the highest energy rates. Read more on New Hampshire Public Radio.
Sophie Bushwick is a Senior Editor at Popular Science in New York, New York.
Annie Ropeik is an environmental reporter for New Hampshire Public Radio in Concord, New Hampshire.
Kristofor Husted is a Harvest Public Media reporter based at KBIA in Columbia, Missouri.
Elizabeth Harball is a reporter for Alaska Public Media’s energy desk.