Expert voices

Expert voices

Expert voices

In-depth analysis by experts on current scientific issues. In general, they are not as quick as the reactions.

What the La Palma eruption has taught us one year later

This week marks one year since the start of the last volcanic eruption in Spain, a phenomenon that made national and international headlines from 19 September 2021, when the volcano began to spew lava outwards, until several months later. The eruption posed a forecasting and management challenge for scientists and authorities. The balance of what we have learned is positive at the scientific level, but the reality is that much remains to be done. 

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Climate emergency means public health crisis

Last week saw the conclusion of the XL Annual Meeting of the Spanish Society of Epidemiology under the theme: "Challenges of the 21st Century: Environment, Climate Change and Social Inequalities". Climate change is the most important environmental challenge with an impact on public health facing society today. It is also a social challenge, as it further accentuates inequalities and inequities in health.

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The possible return to coal to replace gas for electricity production in Spain

A return to coal in Spain is not feasible in the short term, as many of the old thermal power plants have been dismantled. In the long term, the future of electricity production lies in renewable technologies, not only because of their environmental implications, but also because of energy independence with respect to third countries. In the short term, it is essential to continue using conventional technologies.

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A roadmap for the sustainable development of Mar Menor

It is one year since the last episode of dead fish in the Mar Menor and six years since its collapse in 2016.  In the European project COASTAL we propose 14 solutions for the sustainable development of the Mar Menor and Campo de Cartagena in collaboration with representatives of the agriculture, tourism, fishing, salt marshes, public administrations, NGOs and research sectors.

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The situation of women researchers in the CSIC: lights and shadows

The report Women Researchers 2022 highlights the fact that the presence of women in decision-making positions and in scientific and innovative leadership at the CSIC has increased. Among the shadows, the persistent under-representation of women researchers and the difficulty in achieving a gender balance in all scientific ranks, especially in research professorships.

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