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By Henning Wegener, William A. Barletta

It is a e-book of testimonials from contributors to the well-known Erice foreign Seminars on Nuclear battle and Planetary Emergencies. The Erice foreign Seminars with their multidisciplinary clinical audiences have addressed, considering 1981, a protracted checklist of planetary difficulties and emergencies. This e-book describes essentially the most fascinating highbrow and political ventures of the later a part of the 20 th century, of the a long time of the chilly struggle, a interval of bristling East-West rigidity with the omnipresent risk that its administration may perhaps get out of hand, and a battle of incredible share and strength harm eruption. The Erice foreign Seminars - held in an idyllic environment of a small position in Western Sicily - have been the try and stem those perilous tides, and to place technological know-how on the carrier of political problem-solving in a brand new, open and interdisciplinary procedure aimed, on the maximum clinical point. hundreds of thousands of top-level scientists, the easiest of their respective fields, between them many Nobel Prize laureates, have participated within the Seminars and their interdisciplinary operating teams in addition to the everlasting tracking Panels, and feature helped to generate a gentle and influential stream of medical perception. United of their paintings in a different group of information, knowledge and shared values, those eminent scientists testify, this present day, the significance and the effect of the Erice overseas Seminars over the last 28 years.

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This project was undertaken in cooperation with the Yellow River Conservancy Commission (YRCC), the Academy of Sciences, and the Meteorological Service of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC). The Yellow River, though much smaller than the adjacent Yangtze River to the south, is really the heartland of ancient China. ), and by the 1990s the lower reaches of the river frequently experienced periods in which there was no flow and major irrigated areas were subject to severe drought conditions. In fact, in 1997 there was a period of 226 days with zero flow in the lower Yellow River and at its mouth.

The plenary sessions of the Erice Planetary Emergencies Seminars were the most peculiar component. They were planned on the basic Zichichi concept: the multidisciplinarity. The practical implication of this unusual model was that in the same conference room (along with several nobel laureates) physicists, biologists, physicians, chemists, epidemiologists, veterinaries, climatologists, science writers, philosophers, politicians, and scholars of the majority of disciplines were discussing on the same subjects, tackled from all different view points.

Bologna, his beloved Bologna, was the seat of his university. This early question was the beginning of a fascinating scientific adventure with Professor Zichichi. He was indeed my thesis supervisor in 1975 when I got my "Laurea in Fisica" in Bologna. Since then I am still a member of his research group. He gave me the great and unique opportunity to participate in the most advanced experiments and projects he has been, and is still, carrying out in the major European laboratories for particle physics, such as CERN, DESY, and Gran Sasso.

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