AIOL - Associazione Italiana
di Oceanologia e Limnologia
Cari Soci,
in questo numero delle Breaking News vi inviamo un'importnate call, nonchè notizie su congressi ed iniziative.

Approfittiamo per augurarvi una serena e proficua pausa estiva.

Un caro saluto,
Antonio Pusceddu, Nico Salmaso & Silvia Bianchelli
Call for sustaining the: Microbiologists’ Warning Consensus Statement

June 2019

Call for sustaining the: Microbiologists’ Warning Consensus Statement

Dear AIOL President, Caro Antonio,

In 1992, 1,700 scientists signed the first Warning. Twenty-five years later (2017) more than 15,000 scientists signed the Second Warning (currently 21,000+ scientists and the web-site is still taking signatures). At the heart of the Warning is a call to governments and institutions to shift policy away from economic growth and towards a conservation economy that will stop environmental destruction and enable human activities to achieve a sustainable future. A film, The Second Warning, is currently being made that aims to document scientists’ advocacy for humanity to replace ‘business as usual’ and take action to achieve the survival of all species by averting the continuing environmental and climate change crisis. Linked to the Second Warning is also a series of focused Scientists’ Warning articles (currently 36).

This letter represents a call to action for microbiologists to warn humanity about the consequences of inaction on climate change: Microbiologists’ Warning. A Consensus Statement authored by 33 scientists (including myself) from nine countries is being published in Nature Reviews Microbiology. The article is currently embargoed and it will be published in mid-June.  This paper looks to give to microbes a central role in terms of importance to climate change biology. As a Microbiologists’ Warning, the intent is to raise awareness of the microbial world and make a call to action for microbiologists to become increasingly engaged in, and microbial research to become increasingly infused into the frameworks for addressing climate change.


Your support to the consensus could increase the ability of science and society to incorporate microorganisms into their ‘thinking’ in addressing the problem of climate change. We are asking to WWF International to:

1.       coordinate the writing of additional article(s) addressing specific aspects of importance known to society members, and if you are a National society, incorporate a focus on issues of specific relevance to your nation.

2.       alert WWF members to becoming a signatory endorsing the Microbiologists’ Warning.


The signatory web-site for the Microbiologists’ Warning will go live when the Consensus Statement is published on-line. The URL is:


I hope you will join us and engage your members to help lead this important cause – we welcome any creative means your society chooses to pursue for taking real action.



Prof. Roberto Danovaro

President Scientific Council WWF Italy

Representing in Italy the Microbiologists’ Warning Consensus Statement.

Università Politecnica delle Marche & Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn


15th International Conference on Watershed and River Basin Management - Quy Nhon (Vietnam), 9-13 February 2020 - call for abstract

Cari Soci,
Diego Copetti segnala la 15th International Conference organized by the IWA Specialist Group on Watershed and River Basin Management, di cui è membro del comitato scientifico.

La scadenza per l'invio degli abstract è fissata per il 15 settembre 2019.

Maggiori informazioni al link: 
Scientists-warning - Climate Emergency declared by scientists-please sign & invite other scientists to sign this letter  

Dear Colleague,
We are inviting you and all scientists to sign our new in-press BioScience paper "World Scientists' Warning of a Climate Emergency" which we want to present to world leaders.

The article is short and can be read in fewer than eight minutes. Just go to to read and sign the paper (you can also read a condensed version of the article below).

Please forward this email to other scientists within your network or use social media as suggested below.

We want to get signatories from scientists in a wide variety of scientific disciplines.

Feel free to use the attached images on social media.

Bill William J. Ripple 
Distinguished Professor of Ecology,
Oregon State University

To promote the initiative on social media (Facebook and Twitter), please consider using the following text:

The #ScientistsWarningToHumanity is speaking out about the climate emergency. If you are a scientist you can support this new initiative by sharing this and adding your signature here:


Scientists can support the #ScientistsWarningToHumanity climate emergency initiative by sharing this and adding your signature here:

I just signed the #ScientistsWarningToHumanity climate emergency initiative. If you are a scientist you can support this new initiative by sharing this and adding your signature here:

World Scientists' Warning of a Climate Emergency (Condensed Version) William J. Ripple, Christopher Wolf, Thomas M. Newsome, xxxx scientist signatories from xxx countries

We scientists have a moral obligation to clearly warn humanity of any great existential threat. In this paper, we present a suite of graphical vital signs of climate change over the last 40 years. Results show greenhouse gas emissions are still rising, with increasingly damaging effects. With few exceptions, we are largely failing to address this predicament.
The climate crisis has arrived and is accelerating faster than many scientists expected. It is more severe than anticipated, threatening natural ecosystems and the fate of humanity.

We suggest six critical and interrelated steps that governments and the rest of humanity can take to lessen the worst effects of climate change, covering 1) Energy, 2) Short-lived pollutants, 3) Nature, 4) Food, 5) Economy, and 6) Population.
Mitigating and adapting to climate change entails transformations in the ways we govern, manage, feed, and fulfill material and energy requirements. We are encouraged by a recent global surge of concern.
Governmental bodies are making climate emergency declarations. The Pope issued an encyclical on climate change. Schoolchildren are striking. Ecocide lawsuits are proceeding in the courts. Grassroots citizen movements are demanding change.

As scientists, we urge widespread use of our vital signs and anticipate that graphical indicators will better allow policymakers and the public to understand the magnitude of this crisis, track progress, and realign priorities to alleviate climate change.
The good news is that such transformative change, with social and ecological justice, promises greater human wellbeing in the long-run than business as usual.
We believe that prospects will be greatest if policy makers and the rest of humanity promptly respond to our warning and declaration of a climate emergency, and act to sustain life on planet Earth, our only home.

William J. Ripple
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