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Legambiente report highlights extreme weather events

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Legambiente said in its latest Climate City Observatory report that from 2010 up to July 2022 there had been 1,318 extreme weather events in Italy. Of these 132 (10%) have been in the last six months.

 Extreme weather events linked to the climate crisis have surged in Italy, with 132 in the last six months. This is the highest average figure in the last decade, environmental group Legambiente said on Friday.

 It said “Italy is ever more subject to extreme climate events” because of human-caused climate change. The report says the most significant impacts had been in 710 Italian municipalities.

Climate crisis “incomprehensibly under-estimated”

The organisation’s repors said the climate crisis was being “incomprehensibly under-estimated” in the current campaign for the September 25 general election in Italy.

In 2022, extreme climate events had reached the level of “code red”, Legambiente iterated.

“Those who are bidding to govern the country for the next five years should explain what solutions they want to implement to tackle the climate crisis, one of the principal planetary emergencies that is risking bringing the entire planet to its knees”.

Read: Politicians urged to consider climate in Italian general election

Over the last 12 years, the list of extreme weather occurrences included:

  • 516 floodings due to intense rain,
  • 367 cases of damage cause by tornadoes,
  • 157 cases of damage caused by rain to infrastructure,
  • 123 cases of rivers breaking their banks with consequent damage to the countryside and crops,
  • 63 cases of hail damage,
  • 55 cases of prolonged drought,
  • 55 landslides after intense rain,
  • 22 cases of damage to the historic heritage,
  • 17 cases of extreme temperatures in cities or in wider heat waves.

The report comes a day after 2 people were killed in northern Italy due to adverse weather conditions.

Water bomb bits Ferrara

A so-called ‘water bomb’ hit the city of Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna as storms continued to whip across the north of Italy on Friday. Two people died as a result of storms in Tuscany.

The intensity of the bad weather, which caused massive damage across the north on Thursday, eased somewhat. However, there were still heavy showers and thunderstorms in northern and some central parts.

Ferrara’s exceptional downpour flooded streets and the basements of homes and shops. Mayor Alan Fabbri said the equivalent of half the rain of the whole of 2021 fell on the city in two days.

Ferrara’s sewer system “virtually collapsed”, he said, as drought-withered green areas failed to fulfill their normal drainage function.

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