Dr. Greg Asner is a faculty member of the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology and the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at Stanford University. His scientific training spans the fields of ecology, remote sensing and environmental chemistry. Dr. Asner combines detailed field studies, airborne and satellite remote sensing, and computer modeling to address environmental issues related to land use change and climate variability. He focuses most of his research in the humid tropical forests and deserts of the world.
Bioterrorism expert, Leonard Cole, (anthraxletters.com) discussed the science behind the Anthrax attacks and shared theories as to who may have been involved. The creation of powdered anthrax such as was used in the 2001 attacks, could be done by someone with a high school or college background in how to grow bacteria, he said. In fact the attackers were able to cause a huge havoc for a small overlay in the right lab set-up (under $20,000) he commented. The US, he estimated, spent around $4 billion decontaminating buildings such as post offices and in man hours in security and investigation during the 2001 letter incidents. The evidence is unclear as to whether the attacks originated from a domestic or foreign source, he added.Smallpox is potentially a greater threat than Anthrax said Cole, who noted that the vaccines people took as children may have lost their effectiveness. A large stockpile of emergency vaccines are available however, and he suggested that medical personnel ... More »Host: George Noory