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Sardinia – Italy 23-24 october
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Islands like Sardinia in Italy are suffering from rising temperatures and heat waves, such as forest fires.

Rising temperatures, more intense heat waves and forest fires are affecting every continent. Over summer 2021, fires have charred thousands of hectares of land in regions of Italy, Canada, Greece and Turkey. Nowadays, fires are more extensive, dangerous and frequent.

The spread of fires is closely linked to phenomena such as drought and desertification. According to the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS), during the summer of 2020 the average number of hectares burnt was 165,000. As of the same date in 2021, 329,797 hectares have been burnt.

The spread of fires is closely linked to phenomena such as drought and desertification. According to the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS), during the summer of 2020 the average number of hectares burnt was 165,000. As of the same date in 2021, 329,797 hectares have been burnt.

Fires also contribute to climate change by releasing carbon dioxide, one of the gases responsible for the global warming, into the atmosphere. Did you know that forests absorb 7.6 billion metric tonnes of carbon dioxide globally? Their disappearance would be a huge setback in the decarbonisation of the planet.

THE PROBLEM

Climate crisis doesn't just affect remote areas. It affects us all. In summer 2021 in the Northern Hemisphere, one of the best and saddest examples of this was seen in regions such as Sardinia, which was hit by extreme heat waves and forest fires. However, there is a clear pathway that we can take to reduce the intensity of extreme weather events and put an end to global warming: we must cut carbon emissions, accelerate the energy transition and implement a circular economy model.

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