The persistent drought in northern Italy is alarming. Legambiente, the most prominent environmental protection organization in Italy, has therefore called on the government of Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni to create a comprehensive national water strategy.
This would allow the country to better cope with the increasingly frequent dramatic weather conditions.
In the Italian Alps, for example, there was 53 percent less snowfall than normal for this time of year. In the Po basin, the country’s largest river, precipitation has fallen by 61 percent, Legambiente said.
There was also a lack of precipitation in the north and centre of the Apennines, a mountain range that runs through large parts of Italy. Finally, the February temperature is higher than average, and a trend recorded more often in recent months.
In the appeal to the government, Legambiente proposed several measures to reduce water consumption and better use rainwater.