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Weather and climate change, 59% of young people are extremely concerned - Lifestyle

2023-03-24T14:53:16.510Z


(HANDLE) In a particularly delicate historical moment and of major climate changes underway, young people appear to be the generation most concerned about the effects, even in the short term, that these changes could bring. For World Meteorology Day which, like every year since 1950, is celebrated on 23 March, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has proposed the theme "The future of weather, climat


In a particularly delicate historical moment and of major climate changes underway, young people appear to be the generation most concerned about the effects, even in the short term, that these changes could bring.

For World Meteorology Day which, like every year since 1950, is celebrated on 23 March, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has proposed the theme "The future of weather, climate and Water across Generations" weather, climate and water across generations).


At the center of this reflection is precisely the analysis of the perception that young people have on the danger and on the emergency of the climate changes underway and which are profoundly modifying nature and society.


A study reported in recent days by CBS News entitled "The Lancet Planetary Health", which collected the attitudes towards climate change of 10,000 people around the world between the ages of 16 and 25, revealed that 59% of Gen Z and Millennials are very or extremely concerned about climate change.

But that's not all, 67% said they were sad about Global Warming, while 45% said their feelings about climate change had negatively affected their daily life.

Analyzing the same study it also emerged that more than 50% of the sample reported a feeling of sadness, anxiety, helplessness and guilt.

Finally, 75% said they believe the future could be scary and the


These sentiments, so widespread among the younger generations, also have repercussions on the passion and interest that men and women, regardless of age, have in meteorology which studies evolving atmospheric phenomena.


As reported by CNN, for example, a Pew Research Center survey showed that the most awaited topic of the news, for 70% of those who watch TV, is the weather forecast.

Meteorological studies are becoming more and more precise and reliable and, according to The Washington Post, tech start-ups aim to obtain increasingly reliable results by investing in new and sophisticated technologies.

Accuracy in forecasts can also become a valid tool for saving lives.

For example, predicting a storm well in advance can save lives.

The climate changes that worry the world's population so much will not make the forecasts less accurate, on the contrary.


While it is true that part of forecasting the weather is knowing the meteorological history of a place, the changes taking place could present a problem.

On the Massachusetts Institute of Technology portal, Kerry Emanuel, professor emeritus of atmospheric sciences at MIT, declared that “This will not happen because modern weather forecasts use totally different methods than in the past.

It's basically an algorithm for solving differential equations governing the behavior of fluids, radiation, oceans, atmosphere, cloud physics, and more.

The model is solving physical equations that should hold regardless of climate."


Precisely with the aim of providing ever clearer information to the new generations and to all those who want to learn more about the topic, 3B Meteo has organized "Let's Give Light to Meteorology", a transversal review of events aimed at raising awareness of the population towards climate change, which will take place in the cities of Bergamo and Brescia on the occasion of the nomination as Italian Capitals of Culture 2023, also closely linked to "The Illuminated City".

As Gaetano Genovese, meteorologist and head of scientific events at 3B Meteo explains, "In an era marked by the ever-increasing diffusion of fake news, especially in the weather-climate field, being able to speak to the new generations also means spreading love towards of a subject as fascinating as it is complex.

3B Meteo hopes to be able to meet the new recruits for tomorrow's meteorology.

It is necessary to train young students in a subject that guarantees interesting and immediate job opportunities.

Anyone approaching the study of this subject must have essential characteristics such as knowledge of mathematics, physics and chemistry, but also that of foreign languages, information technology, analytical skills and problem solving”.


The calendar of events starts on March 23 from Brescia, at the headquarters of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, where the 73rd World Meteorological Day is celebrated.

The event takes place during the morning, with reports by 3B Meteo meteorologists Paolo Corazzon, Luca Pace and Gaetano Genovese and by prof.

Giacomo Gerosa of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart.

Many topics will be touched on: from the communication of weather forecasts, to an overview of the climate of the past, present and future with a focus on the effects that climate change could have on the urban environment, passing through the measurement of the carbon sink from part of the forests.

On 24 March bis in Bergamo at the Via Caniana headquarters of the University.

From the collaboration with the department of economic sciences of the university, a conference comes to life which still sees as speakers the meteorologists of 3B Meteo, prof.

Alessandro Fassò and Prof. Annalisa Cristini.

Issues and policies concerning the drought emergency in the northern regions of the Bel Paese, future climate scenarios in the Po Valley, intensive farming and the role of data science are addressed, passing through the important role that economic policy can play in the fight against climate change. 

Source: ansa

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