Wally the grey whale continues rare tour of Italy

Grey whale believed to be en route to France. A grey whale, which appeared off the coast of Italy in mid-April in a first for its species, was spotted on Wednesday by the coast guard off Imperia, in...

Lazio region funds race to save Rome's pines from deadly parasite

Rome's pine tree situation "is now an emergency and requires immediate reaction," says Lazio governor. The Lazio region has allocated half a million euro to fund efforts to save Rome's pines from bei...

Rome environmental groups slam tree pruning in nesting season

Late pruning of trees destroys birds' nests, say campaigners in Rome. Environmental groups are protesting against the pruning of Rome's trees, currently in full swing, claiming that it is destroying...

Rome to plant 2,500 new trees this year

City will also remove stumps and dead trees around Rome as part of a €1.4 million planting project. Rome is to plant more than 2,500 new trees throughout the city by the end of this year, the mayor V...

Italy: Mount Etna emits 12 km high ash plume into sky

Spectacular scenes continue at Europe's tallest active volcano. Mount Etna, the active volcano on the east coast of Sicily, continued to erupt on 4 March, emitting a 12-km high plume of smoke and ash...

Italy’s Mount Etna volcano spews lava into night sky

Mount Etna provided spectacular scenes last night. Mount Etna, the active volcano on the east coast of Sicily, provided spectacular eruptions on the night of 15 February, following a day of explosive...

The race to save Rome's pines before it's too late

The city, the Vatican and private firms undertake a variety of treatments in the battle to save Rome's pine trees from a killer parasite By Andy DevaneOn a sunny morning in November, a small crowd of...

Rome takes steps to save its pine trees from parasite insect

Trial project to save pine trees in the Circus Maximus area of Rome. Rome is carrying out an experimental project on 200 pine trees in the city centre in an attempt to save them a non-native insect r...

Rome's starlings: kinetic artists or urban pests?

Annual return of starlings is a nightmare for many Romans. By Martin Bennett Like every year since 1925-26 they’re back. Four million by one count. Stormi di storni. Flocks of starlings. And with...

Italy: Don't let masks end up in nature, says WWF

Italian environmentalists fear millions of masks could end up dumped in nature.As students in Italy return to school after a six-month closure due to the covid-19 crisis, the Italian branch of the Wor...

Rome risks losing 50,000 pine trees to invasive insect

Race against time to save Rome's iconic pine trees. Rome residents may have noticed an unusually heavy carpet of pine needles, covered in sticky honeydew, under some of the city's umbrella pines, or...

Italy: Wildfires continue to rage around L'Aquila

Forest fire approaches the village of Pettino near L'Aquila. Firefighters, soldiers and civil protection volunteers are working around the clock in an effort to combat a wildfire that is approaching...

Sole inhabitant of Italian paradise island faces eviction

81-year-old hermit has called island paradise his home for 31 years. A hermit who has lived on the tiny Italian island of Budelli for the past 31 years is facing eviction amid plans to turn his ramsh...

Italy braced for intense heatwave

Temperatures set to reach peaks of up to 43°C in Sardinia. Italy faces its first heatwave of the year this week, after a 'cooler' than normal summer so far, with temperatures expected to rise to the...

Rome issues storm warning on Friday 17 July

Weather alert in place for 9-12 hours today in Rome and Lazio region. Rome has issued a weather alert, following a warning from the regional civil protection agency, from late morning on Friday 17 Ju...
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