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...

Italian volcanoes Etna and Stromboli erupt on same day

Tourists have begun returning to the island of Stromboli in recent days. The Italian volcanoes of Stromboli and Etna both erupted today, 19 May, according to Italy's volcanology institute INGV. Et...

Rome turns to ladybirds to save the city's pine trees

Rome seeks ways of stopping a deadly parasite from killing the city's pine trees, including natural methods. Rome's umbrella pine trees are at serious risk due to a killer parasite - the pine tortois...

Two rare ibis make a nest on Rome rooftop

Pair of Northern Bald Ibises make a nest on the roof of the Wind Tre building in Rome.  Two Northern Bald Ibises - one of the world's most endangered species of bird - are nesting on the roof of a te...

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...
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