From 2010 to May 2023 1674 climatic events, 1 every 3 days

Updated data from Legambiente’s CittàClima Observatory

In Italy, from 2010 to today (May 2023) there have been 1674 extreme events, one every three days. A worrying figure given that Italy continues to chase emergencies today, also paying in terms of human lives. This is what Legambiente denounces which today, on the occasion of the CDM on flooding in Emilia-Romagna and the Marches, disseminates its updated data from the CittàClima Observatory, indicating to the Meloni government the first three most urgent interventions to be implemented: “Invest in prevention, adopt immediately the climate adaptation plan, still on standby, allocating the adequate economic resources to implement it to date absent and approve a law against soil consumption”.

For the environmental association, “the Meloni government must have the courage to put these three interventions first and foremost in order to give a strong signal of response and contrast to the climate crisis”. “In recent years – declares Stefano Ciafani, national president of Legambiente – over 10 billion euros have been spent ineffectively on prevention works. Most of the time already outdated works were built which responded only to the logic of defensive, ‘punctual’ intervention, which tried to solve the local problem without considering what could happen upstream or downstream of the intervention. For this reason it is essential that from now on the country no longer makes the same mistakes and delays, it must adopt a plan to adapt to climate change as almost all European countries have already done and above all it must define a serious territorial policy which has been lacking in these years, at the same time planning more territorial prevention policies, information campaigns on coexistence with risk and a national law against soil consumption that the country has been waiting for eleven years”.

For Legambiente, “the confirmation that the resources spent up to now at a national level have been ineffective comes from the data in the Rendis database”. In Emilia-Romagna, the association reconstructs, 529 projects and works were put into the pipeline from 1999 to 2022 (4.7% of the total works at national level) of which 368 are completed. The total amount of money allocated to prevention was 561 million and the completed works accounted for 45% of the amount (258 million out of 561). In Emilia-Romagna 2.7 million people are exposed to flood risk (62% of the regional population) and about 87 thousand people are at risk of landslides. 57% of the territory is classified at medium and high flood risk. In the Marche, there were 476 interventions for the mitigation of hydrogeological instability between 1999 and 2022, of which 272 were completed. The total amount earmarked for the works is 321 million euros, of which 161 for the works that are completed. At the regional level there are about 80,000 citizens exposed to flood risk and 33,000 those at risk of landslides. 7.8% of the territory is classified as high and very high landslide hazard, while 2.8% has medium and high flood hazard.