THINKING AHEAD ABOUT “PLANETARY EMERGENCIES:”
More than 120 scientists, engineers, analysts and economists from 30 countries were hunkered down here for the 40th annual conference on â€œplanetary emergencies.â€ The term was coined by Dr. Antonino Zichichi, a native son and a theoretical physicist who has made Erice a hub for experts to discuss persistent, and potentially catastrophic, global challenges.
The participants were not particularly optimistic.
Making things worse is the increasing politicization of science — and concomitant loss of trust in scientists. But they’re thinking ahead at the Lifeboat Foundation, too.