VENICE, Italy, April 23 (UPI) -- Nobel Prize winning Italian physicist Carlo Rubbia warns that if something is not done about global warming the effects may be seen in 10 years.
Rubbia urges governments to fund scientific and technological research which could help reduce pollution and hopefully bring global warming to a halt, the Italian news service ASNA reported Monday.
"We are facing an emergency. We have ten to 15 years to change the world, otherwise the world will change us. And it will change us in terrible ways," said Professor Rubbia, who headed the Italian Institute for New technologies, Energy and Environment until 2005.
He said that reports claiming Venice could soon be flooded and that the ice on the Alps would disappear are no exaggeration.
"In the short time we have available we must develop the means to face the situation. We must concentrate on science and technology," said Rubbia. "The only solution is technology. The only way forward is research, research and more research," he said.