Michele Catanzaro (Rome, 1979) is a freelance journalist based in Barcelona (Spain). He has a PhD in Physics. He writes for El Periódico, Nature, and other outlets. He is co-author of the book “Networks. A very short introduction” (OUP) and the documentary “Fast-track injustice: the Óscar Sánchez case” (TVE, TV3, DR, Mediapro). He has received the European Science Writer of the Year 2016 award, the King of Spain International Journalism Prize 2014, the Golden Nymph 2014 and several others. He is recipient of journalism grants from the Journalism Fund and the European Journalism Center, among others.
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Laurence Vardaxoglou: ‘The climate-ambivalent community in Europe is large and deserves attention’
A surprisingly high proportion of European citizens are ambiguous about human responsibility in climate change. This group is especially susceptible to disinformation and is large enough to hinder climate action.
Saving the planet: How far are we prepared to go?
People are increasingly concerned about the climate crisis, but are they ready to change their daily lives to help save the planet? Awareness of global warming does not imply that any climate policy will go down well with the public. Research shows what strategies work the best to get citizens on board for climate action.
A scientist’s opinion: Interview with Lorraine Whitmarsh on the climate emergency
Interview with Lorraine Whitmarsh, an environmental psychologist, specialising in perceptions and behaviour in relation to climate change, energy and transport. She is based at the University of Bath and is Director of the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST). She is also a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) ...
A scientist’s opinion: Interview with Malcolm Fairbrother on the climate emergency
Interview with Malcolm Fairbrother, sociologist based at Umeå University (Sweden). He is also affiliated with the Institute for Futures Studies (Stockholm), and the University of Graz (Austria). His research focuses in particular on the politics of environmental policymaking. He is working on the decoupling of greenhouse gas emissions from economic growth and on the moral ...
A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Prof. David Heymann about COVID-19 tests
Interview with Prof. David Heymann, Professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, head of the WHO response during the SARS1 epidemic. What are the key-ingredients for coming out safely from the COVID-19 lockdown? David Heymann: First, countries need mechanisms to rapidly detect and respond to infections, trace contacts ...
A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Dr. Cassandra Kelly about COVID-19 tests
Interview with Dr. Cassandra Kelly, director of Emerging Threats at FIND. Why is FIND assessing the performance of COVID-19 tests? Cassandra Kelly: In the past 15 years, FIND has worked in the development of diagnostics for low and middle-income countries. During the past several outbreaks, including Ebola and Zika, companies were rushing to make tests, ...
“Unlocking” COVID-19: the use and misuse of tests
“Test, test, test” was one of the mantras of the WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus against COVID-19. The issue is particularly relevant in the “unlocking” phase several European countries are going through, as the curve of the pandemics bends. At this stage, and while effective vaccines or therapies are still not available, tests are crucial to keep the disease at bay. But are they effective and reliable?
Helena Legido-Quigley: “Austerity saps the ability of a health system to respond to COVID-19”
Interview on COVID-19 with Helena Legido-Quigley, Associate Professor of Global Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and at the National University of Singapore. What role has Spain played in the COVID-19 pandemic? Helena Legido-Quigley: Spain has been slow, but as equally slow as the rest of Europe. The continent lost a ...