World Federation of
Science Journalists

Amundsen - Romeo Guido

Romeo Guido
Science Journalist, Il Sole 24 Ore

Amundsen trip: February 20 to March 8, 2008.

You can read Guido's blog he wrote during his stay on the Icebreaker

Guido also made a few videos during his trip in the Canadian artic



March 23, 2009

Qui Terra: punto di non retorno

Read Romeo Guido article published in February 2009 in the magazine Nòva24-Il Sole24Ore.  (Italian)


Why I should win the WFSJ Amundsen Competition

I believe I have the appropriate profile to win the Amundsen Competition and join the Amundsen icebreaker both because my experience and training as a science reporter, and the attention dedicated to these issues by "Il Sole 24 Ore", the pubblication I work for and for which I often cover environmental issues.

As a journalist, I have travelled extensively throughout Europe, USA, the Middle East, and Asia to report on science and technology developments, with a growing interest in clean technologies and climate change. I am well aware the Polar regions are a vital environmental sentinel for our Planet and greater public awareness should be raised on the modifications occurring in these remote, but fragile areas. I believe I could profit the most of the one-week experience aboard the Amundsen also because of my fluency in English and French which allow me to interact very easily with scientists of different nationalities.

"Il Sole24Ore" is the main Italian daily business daily paper running 390.000 copies daily and the most relevant pubblication to the business and decision making community. Our editor in chief, Ferruccio De Bortoli, has shown a keen attention for the global warming issues and the measure to be put in place to control it and adapt to its effects. I can assure my one-week trip on the Amundsen icebreaker to experience directly the most visible effects of global warming would result in a series of articles on the effects on the modifications occurring in the Circumpolar Flaw Lead and the Artic ecosystem, as well as on its wider significance on a planetary scale.

Moreover, the issue of global warming is of great importance to Italy and it is paramount to raise the public awareness in order to promote greener strategies and investments both in the public and private sector. The Alps region has been identified by OECD as one of the areas the most sensitive to climate change in Southern Europe. In the last years I have often reported personally on how this is affecting the economy of the region and many unique natural resources. The last IPCC report also shows the Mediterranean, and in particular the Italian peninsula, will have to bear the strongest and most unfavourable climate changes in the coming decades. While Italy has set some of the most ambitious targets for CO2 reduction within the Kyoto protocol, a lot still has to be done in implementing efficient measures as our industry will probably exceed the emission targets of 2012 of more than 15%.

Last but not least, the Italian funding for polar research has decreased of 30% in the last three years and many scientists have recently raised the alarm on many programs as the follow up of Epica in the South Pole. Looking forward to your kind reply.