A Climate Pledge, a Medieval Antibiotic, and an Exoskeletal Boot

18:25 minutes

This week, the U.S. submitted its pledge to the United Nations to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28 percent of 2005 levels over the next 10 years. Eric Holthaus, a meteorologist who writes about weather and climate for Slate, joins us to break down the promise.

Plus, modern-day microbiologists have brewed up an antibiotic potion from a medieval book. The tincture contains garlic, onion, wine, copper, and cow bile—and in preliminary tests, it appears to work as well as the antibiotic vancomycin at destroying antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

And Arielle Duhaime-Ross, a science reporter at The Verge, tells us about an exoskeletal boot and other stories that crossed her desk this week.

Segment Guests

Eric Holthaus

Eric Holthaus is a meteorologist and climate journalist and author of The Future Earth: A Radical Vision for What’s Possible in the Age of Warming (HarperOne, 2020). He’s based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Arielle Duhaime-Ross

Arielle Duhaime-Ross is science reporter for The Verge in New York, New York.

Meet the Producer

About Christopher Intagliata

Christopher Intagliata was Science Friday’s senior producer. He once served as a prop in an optical illusion and speaks passable Ira Flatowese.