ASM Policy Recommendations
ASM's policy brief includes recommendations to support microbiologists who are developing and deploying climate solutions.
Our Health, Our Action, Our Planet
ASM issues a call to action for microbiologists to engage in climate research.
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Understanding the Problem
Microbes and Environment Cyanobacteria Blankets of Doom: Causes and Effects of Toxic Blooms
Cyanobacterial blooms are on the rise owing to many factors, including climate change. Many species produce potent cyanotoxins that are harmful to animals, plants and humans and pose a serious threat to the environment.
Advocating for Climate Change Solutions
As ASM works with policymakers to ensure that science is front and center in policy approaches to climate change, we strongly encourage scientists to bring their expertise to bear on climate change mitigation, adaptation and resilience.
ASM Policy Recommendations
ASM Policy Statements
- Big Problems, Tiny Solutions: ASM experts led a Congressional briefing on the impact of climate change and how microbiology research can curb dangerous effects of viral pathogens, harness the power of microbes for a sustainable global food supply, support renewable energy development and preserve biodiversity in our environment.
- ASM Advocates for Scientific Solutions to Climate Change: ASM joined 48 fellow scientific societies in a letter urging Congress to act immediately on climate change with research and innovation.
Microbes, Mitigation and Bioremediation
Hear From Experts
Microbes are adept at adapting, surviving and thriving in extreme and constantly changing environments. ASM leadership hosted a virtual panel during the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Science Summit discussing the role and contribution of science to the attainment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs include 17 interconnecting global objectives identified by the UN as a "blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all" by 2030.
Academy Fellows Identify Climate Change as Top Priority
Why would leading microbiologists, commonly associated with studying the smallest organisms on Earth, tackle a global problem like climate change? Academy Fellows weigh in.
Sanghoon Kang, an assistant professor of biology at Baylor University, talks about the impacts of climate change on infectious diseases.
Wayne Curtis discusses engineering microbes for products like biofuel using the metabolically flexible bacterium Rhodobacter and other microorganisms.
Christine Foreman explains how microbes can survive and grow on glaciers, and what we can learn from microbes in glacier ice cores.
Climate Change Microbiology Research
mBio Article Microbes and Climate Change: A Research Prospectus for the Future
This mBio article presents a brief summary of what is known about microbial responses to climate change in 3 major ecosystems: terrestrial, ocean and urban; and provides suggestions for new research directions to reduce microbial greenhouse gases and mitigate microbes' pathogenic impacts.