We could say Antonio Camacho is an adventurer; few people go to Antarctica to do research in extreme conditions like this professor from the University of Valencia has done. An expert in microbial and biogeochemical ecology in inland aquatic ecosystems, Camacho has intensified his research on issues related to climate change and biogeochemical processes in recent years. In addition, he combines being a researcher at the University of Valencia with his charge as president of the Iberian Association of Limnology, organisation that brings together the leading scholars of inland waters in Spain and Portugal. Currently, Professor Camacho is enlarging his adventure by studying Iberian wetlands in order to get to know their potential as carbon sinks with the aim of alleviating the effects of climate change.
What do we understand by climate change?
But, is there anyone who is still questioning it?
You carry out your research in Antarctica, but also in the Iberian Peninsula. Are there any similarities between the two regions regarding the impact of climate change?
You study the interactions between aquatic organisms and their role in the carbon cycle, among other things. Why is this relevant?
How does global warming affect aquatic organisms?
If these microorganisms are capable of catching carbon, what is the next step to alleviate climate change?
Predictions for Mediterranean models point to a decline in rainfall rates, and therefore water scarcity. Can we do something about this?
Why aren’t governments making bigger efforts?
What is your opinion regarding the debate that arose around that event?
Therefore, what solution would you suggest?
Is society aware of what we is at stake?
Teresa Ciges. . Journalist and student of Master in History of Science and Science Communication. University of Valencia.
«Climate has changed throughout Earth history on countless occasions but it was a gradual change. However, climates had never before changed at such a rapid pace»
«It is increasingly evident that these rates of growth in the exploitation of resources are very dangerous»
«We often opt for an immediate benefit even knowing that it will be a future loss»
«People do not choose to preserve nature in a romanticised way; they only choose it when they have no other choice»