Since the start of a hot summer they have occurred well 1,140 between storms, water bombs, tornadoes, wind storms, hailstorms and heat waves in Italy. This is what emerges from the Coldiretti analysis based on data from the European Severe Weather Database (ESWD). We are facing – underlines Coldiretti Trentino Alto Adige – an evident trend towards tropicalization of the climate in Italy in a summer that, from a climatological point of view, recorded an average temperature in June that was 2.88 degrees higher than the average, on values close to the maximum recorded in 2003, while in July the column was +2.26 degrees higher than the average, lower only than in 2005, based on data from Isac Cnr, which has been carrying out surveys in Italy since 1800.
“Hailstorms and violent storms – underlines the president of Coldiretti Trentino Alto Adige Gianluca Barbacovi – they also fell in our region on dry soils that are unable to absorb with the water that falls and tends to move away by flow causing landslides and landslides. Faced with the tropicalization of the climate it is necessary to organize to collect water in the wettest periods to make it available in times of difficulty. For this they serve maintenance, saving, recovery and recycling of water with infrastructural worksstrengthening the network of reservoirs on the territories, creating basins and also using the former quarries to collect rainwater “.
On a national level – explains Coldiretti – we are dealing with a devastating impact with damage to agriculture which exceed 6 billion euros, equal to 10% of national production. The Italian countryside is at the end with production drops of 45% for corn and fodder used to feed the animals, 20% for milk in the stables, 30% for durum wheat for pasta of over 1/5 of the production of soft wheat, 30% of rice, 15% for fruit burned by temperatures of 40 degrees, 20% for mussels and clams killed by the lack of water exchange in the Po Delta, where – Coldiretti highlights – they widen the areas of ‘dead water’, assaults by insects and grasshoppers with tens of thousands of hectares devastated.
“Farmers are committed to doing their part for promote the rational use of water, the development of low-impact irrigation systems and innovation with less water-demanding cropsbut it must not be forgotten that water is essential to keep agricultural systems alive without which the survival of the territory, the production of food and the competitiveness of the entire food sector is at risk “, adds President Barbacovi, underlining that” agriculture is in fact the economic activity that more than any other experiences the consequences of climate change on a daily basis, but it is also the sector most committed to combating them ”.