published on 19 November 2019 in air
The climate has already changed, new Legambiente report published
This morning, Legambiente’s Cittaclima 2019 report on the impact of climate changes in Italy was presented in Rome at the European Commission Representative Office in Italy. The document, entitled “The climate has already changed”, draws an accurate picture of the emergency situation in many Italian cities, with Rome, Milan, Genoa, Naples, Palermo, Catania, Bari, Reggio Calabria and Turin hardest hit. From 2010 to date – says the Report – 563 events have been recorded on the climate risk map, with significant impacts in 350 Municipalities. In 2018 alone, our Country was hit by 148 extreme events, which caused 32 dead and over 4,500 evacuees. Cities are the areas most at risk from the consequences of climate changes, because it is there that most of the world population lives and because phenomena such as rain, whirlwinds and heat waves are now increasing and are likely to increase further, together with the forecasts of the damage that they may cause. Exact knowledge of the urban areas most at risk both with regard to rainfall and heat waves is essential for saving lives and limiting damage. In this way it will be possible to plan and optimise action during emergencies, but also to carry out adaptive action to favour the use of water, biodiversity and shade to reduce the impact of extreme temperatures in public spaces and in dwellings.