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Convictions Leave Italy's Civil Protection in Chaos

Science  02 Nov 2012:
Vol. 338, Issue 6107, pp. 589-590
DOI: 10.1126/science.338.6107.589

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Following the convictions of six scientists and a government official for advice they gave ahead of the deadly earthquake in L'Aquila in 2009, the president and several members of the National Commission for the Forecast and Prevention of Major Risks have resigned. Now, as Italy is flooded with outside protests to the convictions, it is left without experts to advise it on natural hazards.

  • * Edwin Cartlidge is a science writer in Rome.