Can ladybirds save Rome's pine trees from killer parasite?

Pines in Rome are under attack from a sap-eating parasite. Rome neighbourhood associations are recruiting ladybirds in a bid to save the city's umbrella pine trees from a deadly parasite called the p...

Rome's pine trees are dying as time runs out to save city skyline

Calls grow for urgent action to save Rome's pines from killer parasite. Rome's umbrella pine trees are at risk of dying - or being cut down before they die - due to a sap-eating parasite called the p...

Tornado hits Italian island Pantelleria, two dead

Two dead and nine injured as tornado hits cars full force. At least two people have been killed after a tornado hit the remote Italian island of Pantelleria on Friday evening. There were also nine...

Why is Rome's river Tiber full of dead fish?

Dead fish left to rot in Rome but whose job is it to remove them? Thousands of dead fish lie floating among the weeds and rubbish in various stretches of Rome's river Tiber, including along the banks...

Sicily hit by 4.3-magnitude earthquake near Palermo

No reports of casualties or damage in earthquake near Palermo. A 4.3-magnitude earthquake struck the northern coast of Sicily, near the capital Palermo, at 06.14 on the morning of Tuesday 31 August....

Hundreds of dead fish wash up in Rome's river Tiber

Another mass death of fish in the Tevere river. Rome cyclists and joggers were shocked to see hundreds of dead fish bobbing on the surface of the river Tiber on Thursday 26 August. The gruesome si...

Rome commuters recycle 5 million plastic bottles in exchange for bus tickets

Mayor hails success of Rome's plastic recycling project. Rome mayor Virginia Raggi has announced that commuters have recycled more than five million plastic bottles since the city introduced 'plastic...

Italy wildfires: 'No BBQ' appeal over Ferragosto holiday

Nature reserve near Rome destroyed by flames. Wildfires continue to rage in Italy this summer, particularly in the southern regions of Sicily and Calabria, as the country endures a heatwave with reco...

Italy issues heatwave warning for 17 cities on holiday weekend

Italy swelters in days leading to Ferragosto holiday on Sunday. The Italian health ministry has issued its highest Level 3 heat warning for 15 cities on Friday 13 August as temperatures soar amid an...

Italy heatwave hits record 48.8 degrees in Sicily

Italy faces its 'hottest week of the summer'. Italy recorded temperatures of 48.8 degrees Celsius in Sicily on Wednesday afternoon in what Italian media say is the hottest ever registered in Europe....

Wildfires rage in south of Italy amid record heatwave

Fires break out in Sicily and Calabria during intense heatwave. Three people have died as a result of wildfires in southern Italy, burning thousands of hectares of land, as the Calabria region calls...

Italy enters 'hottest week of summer' amid extra risk of wildfires

Italy braced for 'Lucifer' heatwave amid increased risk of wildfires in the week leading up to the Ferragosto summer holiday. Italy is set to experience soaring temperatures in the coming days with t...

Italy's Mount Etna volcano erupts with dawn explosions of lava and ash clouds

Europe's tallest active volcano wakes up local residents with a bang. Mount Etna erupted with strong explosions at dawn this morning, 9 August, shaking the walls and floors of nearby buildings in the...

Sardinia wildfires force hundreds of evacuations

EU sends help as wildfires cause "unprecedented disaster" on Italian island. Wildfires in Sardinia have prompted the evacuation of around 1,500 people and destroyed more than 20,000 hectares of land...

Italian farmers protest in Rome over wild boar emergency

Farmers in Italy blame wild boar for wrecking crops and causing traffic accidents. Hundreds of farmers took to the streets of Rome and 19 other regional Italian capitals on Thursday to protest what t...

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